Jan 09, 2021 Letters
Kaieteur News – I refer to an article in another section of the media titled, “US Ambassador Lynch: “Lawlessness and rioting are always unacceptable”; those responsible for Capitol riot will be “held accountable” (DW, January 7). I am glad that Her Excellency broke her silence: Thank you, Excellency.
Now I have a problem. I am with, and all for, all of the curative and high ground things covered by Ambassador Lynch. Again, and again, I am impressed by how well representatives of the ilk of Her Excellency has served her country (dare I say, too, my country?). Objectives are followed through thick and thin; and regardless of the obstacles and critics, she has put her head down, stood her ground, and carried on unfazed. Just like that old hit commercial about a man sleeping, dreaming, and waking with one thing and one thing only on his mind: it has got to be about the donuts. So, too, the American Ambassador has followed her mandate from Washington, D.C., and carried the baton of responsibility. But now I have a reality check for her and other Americans, who may think along the same lines like me.
The Ambassador spoke of what happened as being “always unacceptable.” Of course, it cannot, should not, and must not be any other way. Quite candidly, that was the only position that Ambassador Lynch could have taken and that is rational and justified. In fact, even President Trump, realizing belatedly the folly of his ways, called the behaviour of the mob “outrageous” and “lawless.” What he has to say about anything does not matter anymore. What our resident American Ambassador does say, however, should be listened to, parsed, and weighed. I have done all of that and come to a place, which I am almost sure that will make Her Excellency recoil. Somebody has to take responsibility for the hard part, and it might as well be me, so off I go. As I share, I trust that I will not assault the sensitivities of Her Excellency.
According to the article, Ambassador Lynch stated that those responsible will be “held accountable.” Indeed, and well said. I am always for that, too. But, after all is said and done, the ultimately responsibility for the mayhem, loss of life, property damage, and damage to American honour and prestige rest with one person only: President Donald Trump. I repeat for emphasis: the ultimate responsibility for Wednesday’s intolerable and unacceptable and disgraceful debacles rests solely and squarely with President Donald Trump. He should be held accountable. He should be called to book, and then have it thrown at him. Though U.S. presidents are exempt, I would have locked him up.
I tender the following sequence of facts and moments, as initiated by, perpetrated by President Donald Trump. He was cheated. The elections were rigged. They (the Democrats and any dissenting Republicans) must be made to pay. He repeatedly drummed those divisive and incendiary messages into the heads and hearts of his supporters, and they responded. He reminded them repeatedly of something big coming down on January 6 and they answered the call of their president and leader. He exhorted them not to be left out, and many of them made sure that they were not; they came by planes and boats and trains and cars to Washington, D.C for the big rodeo and bar-b-que last Wednesday to support their president and to receive a last-minute shot in the arm from him. Done!
On Wednesday, January 6, President Donald Trump incited, electrified, and galvanized his incensed base that was present. Then, satisfied with his handiwork and that they were ready for war, he stepped back and set free the dogs of war. To Ambassador Sarah Ann Lynch, and the rest of the world, I have only this to say and I say it humbly: there is the one – the only one – who is to be “held accountable.” I rest my case. I, too, have many pieces to pick up from this scorched, wretched earth. It includes the pieces of me that have to be put painfully back together again.
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