Oct 22, 2020 Editorial
Kaieteur News – Exxon, its contingent of foreign partners, and collaborating Guyanese political leaders, have declared the equivalent of war on Guyanese. Most astonishingly, they still do not care, so unmoved they have been by the financial depredations that we disclose daily. The future prospects of generations of Guyanese – present and as yet unborn – are under threat and our peoples remain untroubled.
For the purposes of this writing, the affected Guyanese people do not include those from longstanding establishment circles, or conniving professional and civic elites, or sellouts that we have for political stewards and presences from the major and minor groups. Those either have positioned themselves well or have been actively recruited to betray the interests of this country with the pursuit of their self-interests paramount. From all indications these Guyanese have done well.
Other from polite and empty gibberish, they represent nothing, project nothing, mean nothing, and can be trusted to do nothing that challenges Exxon and its foreign associates, or that which gets in the faces of local political traitors, make them run for cover, and damn them to hell. No negatively impacted Guyanese citizen can continue to be casual and unconcerned while bread is snatched from their children’s mouth and their own, too. How dumb can poor Guyanese be? And it is of this massed and diverse group from across this country’s demographics of which we speak and who we target.
Things cannot get worse than this, or lower than this, relative to our oil and still Guyanese poor sit contentedly, while concerted actions are in motion to fetch away their oil wealth, leaving them with nothing but the impoverishments that they have known from one lifetime after another. The dream is under attack and Guyanese snore in baby-like peacefulness and smile when awake with the silliest grins on their lips.
Compare this to over a hundred years ago with what happened in civilized England at the beginning of the First World War. Anything and anybody with a German sounding name were fair game for ruthless and reckless attention and action. Things got so bad that there was a general purge in the British Isles of German literature and German music; and really bad, when even dachshunds became the conveniently available victims of many a witless and vicious kick in the streets of London. Yes, the English were so upset that they vented their fury on dogs of German origins and Germanic sounding names.
To be very clear, there is no recommendation that similar extremes happen here with regards to Exxon and its cadre of fellow rapacious plunderers. But poor Guyanese must do more than they are doing today. They are the ones, who stand to bear the brunt of the hurts through dashed expectations from Exxon’s financial vandalisms made possible with covering help from local political protectors and contributors.
Sustained and the severest pressures must be brought to bear on the Guyanese political machinery. This cuts across the divide and targets all those who conspired with outsiders to cheat us out of birthright and future promise. They must be made to disclose, through holding their feet to the fiercest fires and rubbing their faces deep into the ground. There can be no partisanship on this one; on everything else, but not when our oil potential and individual futures are at stake.
When the local bigshots – who we consider criminally inclined and contaminated – are made to feel the heat, then something will have to give. The Guyanese political aiders and abettors (sellouts) on our oil will be compelled to move to their American partners and get down on their knees to get something more for us. It is that or they face the rising volume of stormy music that conveys the rage of a people jilted. Poor Guyanese with such a generational history have nothing to lose, which could – and should – transform them into a most formidable force.
Guyanese political leaders have no stomach for this. Exxon’s people shudder to contemplate the implications of all of the material significances of what could put a damper on its presence and its projections. Guyanese need to get a clear sense of where they are and what they must do. If not, they are their own worst betrayers.
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