When I read Reuters’ report of this tragic attempt on the life of the Vincentian Prime minister, I was stunned by the negative global effect which this act of brutishness could have on our civilization and our leaders’ attempt to combat the COVID pandemic.
Those: Politicians, union leaders and media activists, who are fueling the anti-vaccination campaign, should use the apparent, attempted assassination of The Right Hon, Ralph Gonsalves )Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines) as a harsh reminder that, they have the right to lawful speech, not freedom to inspire criminal violence. Indeed, some may well argue that certain leaders of the Anti-vaccination campaign, should examine the palm of their hands, for blood stains from this murderous attempt, to assassinate the dean of Caribbean Prime Ministers
Anti-vaxxer: politicians, union leaders and media activists, should not be too naive to know that, some of their followers maybe people with low IQ and or mental or emotional conditions, which limit their thinking and related cognitive skills.
Some may wonder if they are aware of that, and are cynically, herding their loyal supporters toward the kind of action unleashed against the Right Hon, Ralph Gonsalves, in a selfish grasp at political advantage?
And why was this savage attack performed against the life of Prime Minister Gonsalves? Perhaps, because he is leading the effort to have (at least) frontline workers in his country, vaccinated against the COVID virus. A pandemic condition which is killing millions of people around the World including, in St Vincent, The Grenadines and the rest of the Caribbean.
For that, almost any Caribbean head of Government, could be the assassins next target.
Strangely, the actions of the anti-vaxxer: Politicians, union leaders and media activists, suggest they are not aware that if COVID kills their unvaccinated supporters, they die with their: Votes, union dues and media support.
Perhaps, the worst insult to injury, is the fact that many of those who are leading or inspiring the anti-vaccination campaign, may (themselves) be fully vaccinated, and protected against serious illness and death from COVID or its family of diseases. Yet they boldly, discourage public policies designed to give their followers the same protection from the virus- Strange, indeed?
I expect that, Prime Minister Gonsalves (being the outstanding statesman) will avoid utterances, which will imply recrimination. Rather, “let the law take its course”.
In the meantime, Caribbean leaders must double down on efforts to save our civilization from this dangerous and deadly COVID virus.
As is the case with the recent assassination of the President of Haiti, the security gaps which allow such a crude and medieval head injury to a Prime Minister, suggests real weaknesses in the protective detail of the Vincentian leader.
The assassination of the President of Haiti, killed Caribbean democratic innocence; The (more recent) attempted assassination of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, buried it. Furthermore, both murderous acts, are loud calls for enhanced security for our national and regional leaders. Walk good until next time.
By Arvel Grant, Political and current Affairs Analyst
(Read more of Arvel’s analytical pieces on arvelgrant.com)