Oct 26, 2020 Editorial
The saga of Boeing’s 737 Max is of Guyana. There was knowledge, wrongdoing, coverup, collusion, denials, refusal to share evidence, non-acceptance of total responsibility. It is familiar, since it parallels closely what has happened here.Here we do not have the robust checks and balances, but we do have rogue political leaders. Here we do not have the restraining power of outside watchdogs, like the European Union Agency Safety Agency watching out for its own, protecting the people. We do not have the parliamentary oversight equivalent of a skeptical and scathing United States Congressional committee inquiring and determined to get to the bottom of a costly set of circumstances and conditions. Truth involves the safety of committee members themselves, their constituencies, and more widely dispersed countrymen, which could be mortally jeopardized. There was personal skin in the game (self-interests and self-protection) that necessitated the big people in Europe and America getting serious. If anyone thinks that the lost lives of Ethiopians and Indonesians matter that much, then they know little.
If only we had a nucleus of people here, who were so engaged and ferocious in calling out political leaders for their many grievous misconducts – criminal ones – then we would have been in a position of confidence with clean governance, with comprehensive oil oversight, with constancy of purpose and integrity that places the wellbeing of the ordinary society before all else. But we do not, which is the stark reality that the man-in-the-street lives with, must come to grips with in forlorn resignation that, despite all the glowing promises, his lots remains that of one betrayed and condemned.For a brief shining moment, the foreigners were all over the affairs of Guyana, as they strode like so many Colossi among peasants and political circumstances (elections) to show us the way out of our impasses. The Americans and the Europeans were piercing, penetrating, and potent in presence. But, as is clearer today, those formerly furious foreign fighters were not about democracy, or the sanctity and safety of Guyanese interests, but of their own visions and unswerving objectives. Guyana and its sordid elections circumstances served as the springboard for interventions to further their own causes: oil monopoly, as well as hemispheric ideological, strategic, and military monopolies. Those who were less inclined to be critical, more prone to give the outsiders the benefit of possessing noble objectives for Guyana are encouraged to look at what has occurred and form their own conclusions.
It can only be one or the other of this: we are a country and a budding oil power. Or we have been converted and are now controlled as pawns without a say in our destiny. What price electoral democracy and political ascendancy!
We encourage our fellow citizens to take a closer look, a more critical but clean one. The powerful people that were bent on getting to the bottom of Boeing’s weaknesses and failures had uppermost in mind the welfare of their own peoples, be they Americans or Europeans. They have done admirably, and to their satisfaction, which is why the Boeing 737 Max can fly again. And when the people from A, B, C, and E countries took it upon themselves to intervene here, they were not looking out for Guyanese. They were looking out for their own settled plans on their drawing boards that were straining to be implemented.
It included developing a dominant economic position here for themselves; that this would eventually reduce the Chinese to incidental damage was not accidental, but part of the broader calculations and intentions. In close association with those, there was Venezuela and the range of troubles it represented, alongside the vibrancy that it held (because of its placement and its possessions) in the visions harboured. Those are now coming to pass, compliments of the leaders of this country.
The people who looked unsparingly at Boeing took care of their own. The foreigners who were sharp about Guyana’s electoral crashes took care to position themselves to feather their national nests. Unlike Boeing leaders not allowed to get away with making others lose their lives, Guyanese leaders are enabled to get away with killing the dreams of their young, plus the present and the future.
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