Those who know me well knows that I have been biting my tongue on this one. I have always say that Belize is a country moving without its people. The recent Guatemala issue has made that even more evident to me. Our people has become so divided on everything that we are, in my eyes, one of the most vulnerable nation in the world.
On Friday, Guatemala heighten its threat against Belize and its leader made a statement from wherever he were sensitizing its people that a minor was killed and its is time for war, no matter under what circumstance the child was shot. One of our citizens was violated and that spells trouble. The nation of Belize was in utter confusion with a Prime Minister out of the Country. In fact, in Belize we have seen Danny Conorquie shot on Belizean soil, Sergeant Lambey shot on Belizean soil and all our military did was to hide it from its citizens. Not only the absence of the Prime Minister was evident but also the fact that the Cabinet seem divided because of the upcoming leadership convention, unless when the Prime Minister leave there isn’t anyone capable enough to face the nation in the face of adversity, that being a rather scary thought. It would have been prudent for the person, deputizing for the Prime Minister to make a public statement with the Minister of National Security and Foreign Minister(with the blessing of the PM, of course) to ensure it’s citizens that all will be well in the wake of this threat. I consider yesterday’s Press Conference as ‘practicing after the race’.
My thoughts at this point is a conversation I once had with a learned Belizean who believed that the Sarstoon is no longer for Belize. At that point I was in utter disagreement and argued to the bitter end. While I am no historian, I have learnt quite a lot listening to the presentations by Sandra Coye, Hector Silva and have read as much as I could about the thoughts of Philip Goldson. I grew up in a NIP lead household where ‘we no want no Guatemala’ is a song we knew from Baby. We also believe that George Price was selling us out to Guatemala so now the Great GP has been long gone and this is now happening with a UDP(former NIP) Government. So you could understand my utter dismay on the attitude of our leaders towards the Guatemala issue where it seem like the situation is ‘business as usual’. For me at this point this warrants an urgent sit down with my go to guy Dr. Ted Aranda.
There were times I did not understand the militancy of the BTV until I saw when that boat returned from Guatemala with the Volunteers and the first thing they did was to sing the Belize National Anthem. Where I was moved by the tears of grown men and women when they touched the Belizean soil. Maybe this was an experience some of our politicians should have and they would have looked at the situation differently. My major concern here today is that we now have a country where bravery, courage and the ultimate protection of manhood is being shunned and is being replaced by an attitude of cowardice, retreat, backing off, leaving another man managing your household. I wonder what kind of household will our new generation of men will be running.
I believe it is time for a WOMAN to lead this country! None but ourselves!
From the chronicles of Barbara ‘Bubie’ Norales