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Can We Regain Friendship of U.S. and its Allies?

By Alexis M. Montgomery

Image of Minister for External Affairs, Alva Baptiste. [Photo: Stan Bishop]
Minister for External Affairs, Alva Baptiste. [Photo: Stan Bishop]
IT is high time that the people of Saint Lucia send a bold and unambiguous message to the administration to convey that Saint Lucia cannot afford to be involved in any prolonged extant international disputes. The relationship of the administration with Saint Lucia’s traditional diplomatic allies appears to be floundering dangerously. Relations with Britain, France, America and Canada appear to be less strong than was handed to them by the former United Workers Party administration.

At present Saint Lucia’s relationship with world superpower the United States of America is in serious peril. From recent accounts and going back to 2014 when the Saint Lucian public first heard that sanctions had been slapped on the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force as a result of the IMPACS probe and namely alleged gross human rights violations, it can be surmised that the political directorate‘s foreign relations profile has deteriorated rapidly and is seriously submerged in boiling hot water.

Further, we now are hearing of swirling speculation (pending official confirmation by the Office of the Prime Minister) that the European Union through France is now tightening the screws by withdrawing its own assistance to Saint Lucia because of dissatisfaction over the handling of the “IMPACS matter” exacerbated the abysmal breakdown of the judicial system. Clearly this action will hold crippling and long term consequences for the economic sustainability of the island.

Already, Saint Lucia can ill afford the atrophied assistance from the United States since the imposition of the Leahy Law on this country about two years ago. In the absence of this assistance, the aid provided by the government of France has been a much needed buffer against the true impact that the U.S. sanctions.

It is a dire situation that the country is in now; in terms of key areas of its international relations, present and future. This cannot be understated or denied. The economy has been less than buoyant under this SLP administration and will not be able to absorb or make up for the loss of foreign aid.

The meaning of the Prime Minister’s nicely worded economic and fiscal growth assessment in his New Year’s address in January is a very distant reality from the fact that Saint Lucia has always relied on foreign assistance, mainly because the country simply does not possess the resources to provide for all of its developmental needs. Time and again, the current SLP administration has come forward lamenting that much of the domestic belt –tightening policies that are being implemented are influenced by the constricting flow of foreign assistance coupled with unfavourable global economic circumstances.

Invariably, Saint Lucia has been left with a much smaller slice of the pie, thus there is just cause for foreign assistance directed to the island to be all the more valued and appreciated. Not only is the country losing out by way of monetary aid, human resource and other tangible gains, but there is also a loss of image, respect and status in Saint Lucia’s standing internationally. If the United States of America sidelines one’s country, then other governments may judge Saint Lucia solely on this basis.

Losing France’s assistance is saying to the nation that Saint Lucia’s inability to achieve its many developmental and national security goals will be outrightly crippled in certain areas.

Despite the seriousness of the issue, the silence of the jet–setting, smooth talking Minister for External Affairs Alva Baptiste has been deafening. Why has he remained hushed?

Clearly the United States, the European Union which is inclusive of the United Kingdom and France, have now combined to do all necessary to cause the government of Saint Lucia to correct what it deems to be the undesirable state of the justice system. These countries are particularly sensitive to the breakdown and inefficiencies of the justice system where their own citizens have become casualties of unsolved crimes and prolonged periods of waiting before matters are being heard and finalized before the courts.

What is the Kenny Anthony administration going to do in order to address the systemic breakdown of the justice system in Saint Lucia? What will the administration do to protect the sovereignty of the country which is experiencing some interference by richer and more powerful nations? Can Saint Lucia regain the confidence and friendship of the United States and its allies anytime soon? We await the answers with bated breath.

11 Comments

  1. “Can Saint Lucia regain the confidence and friendship of the United States and its allies anytime soon?”
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    Who needs the United States and its allies when we have our Latin American Partners: PetroCaribe and ALBA. Didn’t we get a bridge from them?

  2. These very nations that want to dictate to the world as to what is right or wrong are the very ones responsible for the unstableness of the world. Many of these very nations mistreat some segments of their society resulting in extreme brutal behaviors on both sides. These very nations violate the rights of humans based on race while claiming that no one will be discriminated against based on race being part of their creed. I hear not of any world government denouncing these behaviors yet they are willing to join forces simply as a way to dictate, dominate and bully others into abiding by their rules rather than truthfully enforce their written doctrine, their constitution. When these nations are willing to practice the very principles that they dictate, only then should we be willing to follow. We should not simply follow because the bullies or brute forces that are in charge say so. Remember these very ones claim we are all free. Then why can we make our own decisions, learn from our mistakes and develop as a proud nation. They were given that freedom of passage. Why not grant it to others if they believe in what they claim. We should stop kissing up simply out of fear or simply because others are doing likewise. Let the world see us and respect us as human beings first rather that see us as their tool for directing their frustrations and anger. Lucians stand up and live your lives very proudly. You are not guilty of many of the world’s atrocities..

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    You Negroes are so frigging mentally ill it isn’t funny. REGAIN FRIENDSHIP ?? YOU DUMB DICKHEAD! Since when were the USA and England and France friends of Lucians ? you sick SOB. I keep telling you Roman Catholics to stop praying to that Naked white man and eating his flesh like frigging cannibals, then I can prescribe some recovery medication. A negro owned and named after an English Pirate – Alexis Montgomery ? Where are they manufacturing these Dumb Negroes?? It must be in Monchy or at the Central Bakery. We just learned that the negro slave UNCLE TOM TOM died in a fire in his sister’s basement in NY two weeks ago and we said good riddance, but we hardly buried this house nigger in Monchy, and here comes another lunatic Alexis Montgomery.

    Here’s what they teach these house niggers in church on Sundays

    Black people are the most racist people TALKING IN TONGUES, By Dr. James Manning

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YA4irxFEzE

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    1. Just when you thought that this racist Muslim idiot had found a new home in the Soufriere Cemetery where he claimed he killed the Holy Ghost back in the 18th century; he, instead, has resurfaced on this forum to do what he does best: Talk Shit!!!

      Son-of=man, why don’t you visit this forum when you have something new and interesting to say? People are sick and tired of the same anti-Chastanet, anti-Rick Wayne, anti-Josie, anti-Everybody shit of yours. Infact, why won’t you do us all a favour? Take ‘A Very Long Walk On A Very Short Bridge’, and never return.

      Better yet, the Halley Comet is due to pass by our earth very soon; we’ll strap your ass on it and send you out to deep space.

      See you in seventy something years.

      1. here you go again! defending the indefensible; anachronisms from days of antiquity, Negro Roman Catholics who pray and worships a statue of a dead Caucasian they imagine is God incarnate, and Black Pete encouraging Samboes like yourself to go and confess your sins to a pervert pedophile.

        I cannot imagine that you are in the media capital of the world, NYC, and still did not hear that the Oscar for best Picture when to the Film about the story that exposed the systematic pedophillia epedemic in the religion of dead Caucasian worship practiced by the antiquated Negroes John Wayne and Black Pete.

        How can you defend these mentally ill Negroes who encourage praying to dead people and eating their flesh and drinking their blood – CANNIBALISM !! TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LEADER OF MORALITY PLEAD IGNORANCE

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbRZ1kFB4-k

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  4. Was that Peta Josie clapping in the congregation? How can black people sit and listen to this kind of insults in church with their children. ????

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    How could any Black man with any knowledge of his history pen such a backward article? Obviously a very dangerous and self-hating Samboe who thinks that the so-called Whiteman is God who loves him and is this Negro’s “FRIEND” and Savior who died for him and the other Caucasian-worshiping Negro traitors who are determined to keep the Africans on Michael Chastanet’s Plantations like Black Pete Josie, and the Leary Carasco who loved the Caucasian Homosexual so much that he changed his name to demonstrate his affection for John Wayne Morrison.

    In 1919 Caucasians in the city of Chicago laid the ignition fuses for a Rebellion by African Americans when Caucasians began throwing stones at four teenagers who had gone swimming on a hot summer afternoon in lake Michigan near 26th Street, striking fourteen-year old Eugene Williams with a piece of concrete in his head, resulting in the boy’s death by drowning.

    Eugene’s friends who were swimming with him tried to get help from the lifeguard but by the time help arrived there was nothing they could do for the teenager. The Caucasian who had thrown the rock was identified by Eugene’s friends but the Irish Caucasian police officer Daniel Callahan would not arrest the stone-thrower, and refused to allow the Black policeman to arrest him. This ignited a Rebellion by the night of July 27 and would last for five days and nights. Police shot another seven Black people, while Caucasian mobs murdered an additional sixteen more Blacks with the help of the Caucasian police. By the time the violence had subsided, some thirty-eight people, twenty-eight of them Blacks were dead, and at least 537 people were seriously injured, 342 of them were Black.

    Although the Caucasian mobs were responsible for most of the violence, only Blacks were arrested, prompting a Judge to say to the Police, “I want to explain to you officers that colored people could not have been rioting among themselves. Bring me some white prisoners.” These same police had shot to death seven Blacks but not a Caucasian was shot by police. That was in 1919; last night police in Ferguson MO assassinated another eighteen-year old African American – “the more things change, the more they remain unchanged”. Caucasian Christians, from King Leopold of Belgium who murdered over sixty million Africans in the Congo, to Queen Victoria after which you named your Hospital, the biggest Drug Dealer of the Jesus Opium, to Hitler and Bush; Caucasian Christian are the most wicked Tribe that has ever lived on our Planet.

    WHAT THE WHITE GOD HAS DONE TO YOU:

    https://www.facebook.com/1384426418509703/videos/1674753882810287/

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