By Frank Edward Paco Smith, Jr., JP
Belizeans and true friends of Belize, from the latest account, it appears as though the principles involved in the ill-fated scheme to get Belizeans to place our sovereignty at the mercy of the jurisprudence of the so-called, “learned Justices” at the ICJ, are back at it again. As our fellow Caribbean brethren might dub the matter, “dem wheel an cum again”.
Paco Smith staunchly advocates the emergence of civil society to serve as a proactive force toward positive change within the policy development arena. Among his many involvements, he is a co-founder of the group Belizean Patriots against the ICJ.
This comes as no surprise because the principles behind this debauchery still believe their mystical hold over the psyche of Belizean citizens, especially when it involves political matters, will carry over into this critical issue. Well, I have some words of wisdom for them… YOU ARE DEAD WRONG!
The powers that be will never concede that the reason Guatemala reneged on the once, much vaunted date of the intended referendum was due in large part to the level of resistance demonstrated to their hair-brained scheme by regular Belizeans and true friends of Belize. That’s fine because those who met the challenge head-on did not do it for accolades. It was our duty to ensure that our nation and people didn’t get taken for a ride by the OAS and its cohorts.
Fast forward to the present and here we have these “representatives” on both sides of our border, attempting to spew their putrid rhetoric once again. This is nothing new because, based on their track record, there is no question that the MFA shall continue its policy of appeasement and capitulation, to the directives doled out by their Guatemalan and OAS handlers.
All I can say is that the respective foreign ministers can engage in their choreographed ballet of deceit, deception, hidden agendas and outright lunacy. The reality is that those who truly hold the power (we the people) are not up for their poppy show. That is why the call is going out for one and all to…
“Boycott any referendum slated by the powers that be, concerning whether to take Guatemala’s unfounded claim to our sovereign territory, to the ICJ.”
This call is fundamental and straightforward. Nothing has changed the reality that going to the ICJ makes no reasonable sense for Belize. Beyond that, since the Guatemalans reneged on the original date scheduled for the referendum (that which we were willing to take part in), as a result of their bad faith and based on principle, we see absolutely no need to facilitate any furtherance of this farce.
With that said, be prepared for more “white noise” out of Guatemala City, Washington, DC, and (most disturbingly) Belmopan. Yet, to no avail, because in order for their plan to proceed, we must accommodate it. Therefore, in my humble opinion, for the aforementioned reason, along with the myriad of explanations presented during the first stanza of their theatrical production, I call on the electorate to boycott the referendum.
Inevitably, the paid “mouthpieces”, all of whom have a vested interest (whatever it may be) will amp up the rhetoric and, regarding them, I submit that we should lend a deaf ear.
Case in point, going to the ICJ bodes no realistic potential to “solve” Guatemala’s intransigence: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belice-es-de-Guatemala/506863256055574
Stand strong and remain resolute. Don’t give up the proverbial “bone for the shadow”.
Belize, sovereign and free – no ICJ!