Dec 03, 2020 Letters
As a troubled world sits tensely on a slippery precipice awaiting the much prolonged and controversial acceptance of Donald Trump acceding to an electoral win in favor of Joe Biden, Iran on the other side of the globe is putting the world on the alert with advance notice of retaliation for the assassination of their top nuclear scientist last week. Iran is blaming Israel, America’s ally, for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a high–ranking official in the Defense ministry. Iran’s parliament voted to end international inspections of its atomic sites as early as next month, if America does not lift the key sanctions, including removing penalties for dealing with Iran’s oil and banking industries. Similar sanctions are imposed on Venezuela. The International Atomic Energy Organization (the United Nations body that conducts the nuclear inspection in Iran), reported earlier that the country’s enriched uranium stockpile has risen eight-fold since Trump quit the pact, two years ago. It is American sanctions that brought relief to Guyana’s election upheaval, instituting visa restrictions on all those who were involved in undermining democracy, in particular key members from the APNU+AFC Party, GECOM personnel and other stakeholders.
President Donald Trump is currently engaged in numerous court battles, petitioning the results showing President-elect Joe Biden winning by over seven million votes and claiming fraud and irregularities. Over thirty such cases encouraged and fought by one time Attorney-General, Rudy Giuliani, were either withdrawn or thrown out by the courts, resulting in an embarrassing loss for Trump and Giuliani for lack of proof and evidence, frustrating the judges and members of the GOP. The Republicans are behaving in the exact atrocious manner as the APNU+AFC did. The APNU+AFC engaged in frivolous and vexatious petitions, as instructed and advised by the then Attorney General, Basil Williams, wasting time and money and testing the patience of the CCJ, only to have all the cases denied by tired but intelligent judges. Guyana became the laughing stock of the Caribbean and world, thanks to the nescience of the APNU+AFC administration. Granger refused to demit office and was eventually ousted by external influences, purported to be from heavy boots.
Not strange but true, the US Attorney General, William Barr, is advising the President, Donald Trump, that the Justice Department has found no proof of widespread voter fraud that would tip the results of the presidential election. Talk about free and fair election, this finding rehashes the fairness of the justice system, unlike that portrayed by the former Attorney General of Guyana who found himself losing all his pitiful appeals with the CCJ. The CCJ remained unmoved and unimpressed with his court theatrics, lies and deceits. As was expected, Trump hinted that the FBI and DOJ might be “involved” in an unspecified fraud conspiracy to elect Biden. Exactly what Granger and cohorts did when they couldn’t get their own way with their bullish attitudes. The APNU+AFC attacked all the national and international observers, the CARICOM election re-count team, CARICOM heads and all stakeholders who opposed their attempts to defraud the election system. They even accused all the innocent and hard-working polling station workers of collaborating with the PPP/C to deny them a victory. Imagine the ludicrous absurdity of this claim for fabricated “irregularities.” No wonder there is the state of denial by the APNU+AFC and their persistent refusal to produce the original Statements of Poll to date. Why this secrecy if there is nothing to hide? Why forging lies and deceiving their own followers that they won the election the very night the election ended when they knew otherwise? Each polling station was represented by the APNU+AFC coalition and the PPP/C and most Guyanese can count and divide except the members from the coalition who still cannot devise a scientific formula to find the secret to resolving simple mathematical problems. How can big men and women belittle themselves in the eyes of the academic world and still want to rule Guyana by grabbing power through the back door?
To add salt to an open bleeding wound in American “politricks,” Georgia Voting Implementation Manager, Gabriel Sterling, a Republican himself, angrily chastised President Trump and the state’s senators in retaliation to threats and intimidation addressing the state’s election workers, and he implored to the president to acknowledge his electoral defeat in the state and “stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.” He declared, “This is the backbone of democracy and all of you who have not said a damn word are complicit in this.” Strong and forceful words spoken by a fearless and just servant of the government who refused to back down by any violence or danger. Guyanese would recall, leading PNC/R executives urging their kit and kin to stand by to work overtime election night. Who would forget the mental and physical harassment by APNU+AFC and law officers during the counting process of the ballot boxes? Didn’t the same PNC/R executives threw their own under the bus? Didn’t they reward their own for collaboration? Didn’t they corrupt the system with transparent clumsiness in front the eyes of invited dignitaries? How silly can assumingly intelligent people behave when the whole world is witnessing their dastardly and disgusting behavior? No wonder foreign diplomats, heads of governments, including our own sisters and brothers from the Caribbean, shun the APNU+AFC, including their big wigs, politely and diplomatically distancing themselves from such unwelcomed company! To date, many of Guyana’s academics have been ridiculed and reproached for their silence during the fight for democracy.
Donald Trump is enacting the tragedy of comedy as did Granger and both of them are openly the subject of laughter on the world market. Granger went into hiding and so did Trump. Granger’s son-in law urged him to concede and so did Trump’s son-in-law. Most dignitaries at home and around the world congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and so they also did with President Irfaan Ali. The world has accepted Guyana’s election result as legitimate and President Irfaan Ali as being legally elected, except Granger and his cabal of a few rebels. Come next month, Trump will find himself alone, isolated and out in the cold, but will not call on Granger to comfort him with warmth for company. Granger has been a bad example for him and our Caribbean sisters and brothers are wary of this and will not welcome him with open arms in their country. But then, he’s going nowhere because he is too ashamed to face anyone, “eye to eye.” Dr. Tara Singh is patiently waiting for his response to his request
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