Column JGD | Clean up

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Clean up

Six months after the van Putten-Statia incident, financial mismanagement, abuse of power, fraud, theft, embezzlement of public funds, widespread corruption and favoritism, personal intimidations, threats and insults, and extensive administrative neglect, caused the Dutch government to intervene with direct rule from The Hague. Van Putten’s worst fears were realized, not by Marines but by parliament; with a sigh of relief, the population of victims may see a temporary end to gangster-rule on the island.

In case you missed the incident, Statia’s PLP-leader, and Island Councilman, Clyde van Putten, had egged on his audience at a political rally to “kill and burn in the streets,” Dutch Marines who arrived with humanitarian aid after hurricanes, Irma and Maria. The populist politician misled his followers by stating that the real reason for the landing of Marines was to occupy the island. Statia is an administrative territorial entity, incorporated into the Kingdom of the Netherlands, since 2010, with a population of about 3,500.

On neighbor-island St. Maarten, a scam played out as local contractors jumped on the bandwagon to make some good money with heavily inflated invoices by providing real, or fake, cleanup services to the local government. The St.Maarten-kleptocracy was already on display to the world, when hundreds of looters cleaned out electronic stores, directly after the hurricane Irma. In defense, many thieves claimed that flat-screen televisions were a primary need consumption to care for their suffering families.

Rising crime in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe prompted France to send in police reinforcement. Once again, police reinforcements have become almost an annual intervention ritual. Britain and Canada warned tourists in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to stay inside resort premises, as authorities declared a state of emergency to battle violent gang activity, and shootouts mostly related to the widespread narco industry.

These are only a few examples of how ethics and morals, historically already a weak attribute of the Caribbean, continues to deteriorate ever further; anarchy and crime rule in the Caribbean. The mini- and micro-states are hotbeds of evil.

The end is not in sight, but it takes two to tango. If Caribbean islands elect to exist as gangsterdoms, there is no reason for the rest of the world to intervene. We in the civilized West can easily seal the Caribbean off, and leave them to stew in their own juice. But that is also exactly the weak spot; the West is using the Caribbean as a transit route for the drugs they are addicted to, for shady financial transactions, and money they need to hide and launder.

Corruption of ethics started every since European countries issued licenses for Privateers, Pirates, Buccaneers, Corsairs and Filibusters, licenses to get rich quickly, totally opportunistically with situational ethics in the playground of the Caribbean archipelago; the moral order exists in reverse. A real clean up of the Caribbean can only start in the U.S. and Europe.

By Jacob Gelt Dekker
Columnist for Curaçao Chronicle

2 Reacties op “Column JGD | Clean up

  1. Jacob Dekker; “We in the civilized West can easily seal the Caribbean off”. Sure Jacob, because you rather have the civilization of the likes like Manafort, a person who recently has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the US because of his role as a corrupter of many systems in the US as well as abroad. Manafort rise to fame came during the Reagan administration. While the Reagan Doctrine aimed to overload the Soviet Union with confrontations that it couldn’t sustain, such as the Nicaraguan contras and the Afghan mujahideen, Paul Manafort, through the firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, specialized in ‘image-buffing’ of authoritarian clients. Because of the firms ties to the Reagan administration and then the George H. W. Bush administration, dictatorial governments were guided “in an improved public image” to help extend their life-cycle.
    The firm, due to its client base, was also known as “The Torturers’ Lobby.” The firm’s most successful right-wing makeover was of the Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi, a Maoist turned anti-communist insurgent, whose army committed atrocities against children and conscripted women into sexual slavery. Manafort was also the godfather of the child of, Abdul Rahman Al Assir, the brother-in-law of the Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, the middleman used in the arms-for-hostages scheme that became the Iran-Contra scandal.

    So, yes Jacob Dekker PLEASE seal the Caribbean off of this particular “civilized West”. Compared to what is described in the article below, Van Putten is a maggot.
    Alo see: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/

  2. Groot gelijk “A real clean up of the Caribbean can only start in the U.S. and Europe.”
    Hier is een video dat heel goed duidelijk maakt hoe de wereld werkelijk werkt. Let niet op de titel. Beter uitleg dan dit is er niet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh2_3WFEqYA

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