Please allow me to give my views on the recent happenings in Guyana in relation to our elections.
While I will restrain myself from commenting on the Elections themselves, my main focus will be on the aftermath, especially as it relates to the involvement of the Observers and the various Envoys.
Watching from the Rupununi, I could not but wonder why this unprecedented action by these supposed advocates of Democracy. That wonder soon grew to suspicion as the events unfolded.
That suspicion led me to do some research on Nations that have oil but have nothing but turmoil. That research confirmed my suspicions. It is those findings that I will like to share with your readership. I know space does not permit me to do a thesis, so
I will try and precise the findings to make easy reading.
The more I thought of what was happening in this largely peaceful country of ours, the more a book that I once read kept coming back to me. So I googled it and the preface jumped out at me. That book is “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” by Walter Rodney.
Part of the Preface said thus: “The phenomenon of neo-colonialism cries out for extensive investigation in order to formulate the strategy and tactics of African Emancipation and Development. … solutions are implicit in a correct historical evaluation.
Hopefully, the facts and interpretation that follow will make a small contribution towards reinforcing the conclusion that African development is possible only on the basis of a radical break with the international capitalist system, which has been the principal agency of underdevelopment of Africa over the last five centuries.”
Dr. Rodney went on to inform that the book was to be used by Africans who “wish to explore further the nature of their exploitation, rather than satisfy the standard set by our oppressors.”
That this passage is relevant to all so-called Third World Countries, is quite an understatement.
What happened at GECOM, is a stark reminder that these neo-colonialists will do all in their powers to keep us subjected to their standards. This applies not only to Africans, but to all Nations, inclusive of the mighty India.
So, what is my point?
I read further and learnt this:
“In contrast with the surging growth of the countries in our socialist camp and the development taking place, albeit much more slowly, in the majority of the capitalist countries, is the unquestionable fact that a large proportion of the so-called underdeveloped countries are in total stagnation, and that in some of them the rate of economic growth is lower than that of population increase.
These characteristics are not fortuitous (not by chance) they correspond strictly to the nature of the capitalist system in full expansion, which transfers to the dependent countries the most abusive and barefaced forms of exploitation. It must be clearly understood that the only way to solve the question is to eliminate completely the exploitation of dependent countries by developed capitalist countries, with all the consequences that this implies.”
The point is, even though socialism has fallen, these so called champions of democracy are no more than frauds, who are hell bent on taking advantage of smaller countries, to their own benefit. They parade as helpers when all they do is keep countries like Guyana heavily indebted.
The Plot thickens. Guyana now has oil and what I am about to reveal will come as a surprise to many who cannot read the game.
In an online magazine, Peace Science Digest, there is an article published on the 8th March, 2016 titled “Fuelling Conflict. The Link Between Oil and Foreign Military Interventions in Civil Wars.”
The author of the article, Patrick Hiller had this to say:
“90% of the world’s violent conflicts are civil wars. Two thirds of the 150 civil wars from 1945 to 1997 saw foreign intervention by third party governments or international organisations, often masquerading as advocates for a speedy resolution or humanitarian relief, many have previously argued that third party involvement is more likely focussed on encouraging specific political outcomes.”
Didn’t we see that in the display of the so-called advocates of democracy? They were willing to install people, irrespective of their credibility issues, knowing fully well that the majority who voted for the other would not countenance that.
That would have led to a certain civil war. While we were fighting each other, the so-called advocates would have descended on us like vultures and consume all of our oil. Guyana would have never recovered and we would have been just as poor at the end of oil as we were before oil. We would have been one heavily indebted country.
There is another dimension to this issue. Hiller went on to state:
“It is also suggested that intervention may take place due to vested interests in specific economic outcomes of the conflict.”
Sound familiar? Certainly it does.
President Granger has already signalled his intention of making this decade “The Decade of Development.”
Do you think that is in the interest of the so-called advocates? Certainly not! That decade will see unprecedented development in Guyana. All aspects of our Nation will benefit, especially our youths. We will be able to wipe off some, if not, all of our debts. That does not fall in the scheme of things for the “advocates.”
Walter Rodney had this to say about development:
“Development in human society is a many-sided process. At the level of the individual, it implies increased skills and capacity, greater freedoms, creativity, self-discipline, responsibility and material well-being.”
This would result in citizens living a good life with less dependency on the developed countries, who would then be in danger of losing its grip on us. Some didn’t want that.
That was the game plan.
We saw it happened before: In Guatemala, Indonesia, Vietnam, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Sudan, and other Nations around the Globe. We must not let Guyana become a statistic.
Hiller also informed us that the common justification of spreading freedom and democracy is used by the oil-dependent Nations to intervene in oil-producing nations, when their real motives are to rearrange the political stability or leadership of those countries to their advantage. Hiller believes that this is inherent in U. S. Foreign Policy.
A summary of Hiller’s article is as follows:
1.Oil importing countries are 100 times more likely to intervene in Civil Wars of oil exporting countries;
2.The more oil produced or owned by a country, the higher the likelihood of third party interventions;
3.Oil is a motivating factor for military interventions in Civil Wars.
The ABCE “advocates firstly had to create the atmosphere to fuel that civil war, and so far has failed.
President Granger has got to go down in history as the greatest President of Guyana ever. He has averted, unto now, the instigation of one of the Resource Curses associated with oil production. He did that in the face of extreme provocation. His astute leadership has ensured that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana remains intact. Any wrong move would have pushed us over the brink of no return.
The events of post elections have demonstrated how fragile our social cohesion can be. It is therefore my recommendations that:
1. The media do more research on this phenomenon for dissemination to their audiences;
2. Politicians who claim that they all love Guyana, should engage their constituents and have in-depth discussions on these issues. This should not be about who will govern an oil-rich Guyana. Rather it should be about how we all can make the oil work for us and our future generations, and not against us. If we are greedy, then we will be playing into the hands of the oil importing countries, to the detriment of future generations;
3. His Excellency should seek an audience with the U. N. and lay his case there. Let the U. N. know that we are unto the game plan of these countries. This opportunity should also be used to lobby support for the country and its democratic gains;
4. Apart from Caricom, we should explore the possibility of joining other Trading Blocs around the world to safeguard our exports and consolidate our democracy.
In this way more persons will have an insight into the true motives of these so-called advocates and they will be better able to see through the scheming. This enlightenment will ensure that the citizens themselves will work to avert the curse we have all heard so much about, and almost witnessed were it not for the visionary leadership of His Excellency.
In closing, it is my firm belief that the conflicts in the oil producing nations were manufactured by the ABCE countries. We all witnessed their attempts right here in Guyana.Walter Rodney alerted us to the operations of these neo-colonists years ago.
Let us beware of them. They mean us no good; all of us. It doesn’t matter if you are APNU+AFC or PPP/C. We all will be consumed.
Let us all work together therefore, to avert this dreaded curse just as we are working together to fight the Coronavirus.Guyanese, we have demonstrated over and over again that we can unite to overcome, let us do this one more time, for Guyana.