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Letter: The need for bulletproof cars by Caribbean leaders
Published on May 20, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

We must ask the question, why would any Caribbean leader need a bulletproof car if they are good people, honest, decent, truthful and loved by their people?

I heard on the radio the other morning that the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, is to get a new bulletproof car. Why?

Why would a man who claims he is loved by everyone need a bulletproof car? Why

He says he has never raped or sexually molested anyone. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

Why would a man that is politically honest, non-interfering sexually of women, young girls or children, a good man, require a bulletproof car? Why?

He has never taken a bribe or financial favour. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

His followers and disciples say the claims that he is politically spiteful are untrue. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

It is said that he had no part in destroying the professions, businesses and lives of people like Otto Sam, Bigger Biggs, Marcus De Freitas and Allan Palmer. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

His followers and disciples say he has never called any Vincentian untrue nasty names that can destroy their image and public standing. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

He says he has never been involved with any drug dealer/s. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

He says that his political ULP party has never taken money, financing from a drug dealer. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

All the landowners at Argyle, 60 in all, who have never been paid for their land, robbed by the state of their livelihoods and their lands, would any one of those want to kill him? I don't think so, so why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

We know that for years, in fact going right back as far as the 1970s, that he has claimed someone is trying or planning to kill him. Why, for what reason.

January 20, 2011, SVG Parliament: speaking from Parliament Dr Ralph Gonsalves informed the nation that a plot to assassinate him had been unearthed. It's not the first time the prime minister has spoken about such a threat he has done so several if not many times before, dating back to the 1970s. According to him security forces had indicated that within one week of the December 13, 2010, elections, the conspiracy to kill him was hatched by two cocaine traffickers.

According to him, the first hit-man was a man who had previously been acquitted of a murder charge and was contracted to kill him but was apprehended after a manhunt that lasted little over a week. Acting on a tip, police were able to arrest him as he sought to flee the island via a speedboat.

The prime minister went on to say that the man was subsequently charged for serious offences unrelated to the conspiracy of murder to protect intelligence sources. A high powered assault weapon was also recovered during the exercise.

It was said that, within 24 hours of the arrest of the first man, another "hit man”, the second hit-man was recruited but got cold feet when he learnt of his prime ministerial target.

He said the services of a Trinidadian the third hit-man was then procured but remained at large despite police searches.

According to Wikipedia:
Assassination is the murder of a prominent person, political figure by a surprise attack, usually for payment or political reasons.
An assassination may be prompted by religious, ideological, political, or military motives; it is an act that may be done for financial gain, to avenge a grievance, from a desire to acquire fame or notoriety, or because of a military or security services command to carry out the murder.

Is he afraid that the person/s who disappeared or killed Emilius Joslyn, Cecil Boatswain, Peter Dennie, or Glen Jackson [who Gonsalves initially said was assassinated], may for some reason come after him, I don't think so. So why would he need a bulletproof car? Why?

So why would he need a bulletproof car when half the time whilst travelling abroad he is fully exposed? Whilst investigating hotel lobbies, stepping into taxis, walking the streets in London and shopping at Marble Arch, walking in High Wycombe, the house near Chequers in Buckinghamshire, the house near Oxford, isn't he exposed at all those places as well?

I am sure if anyone really wanted to get him they could do that without much effort, but I do not believe anyone is after him.

Perhaps he would feel safer if he wore a bulletproof vest and bulletproof underwear and socks, bulletproof braces and belts, bulletproof shoes, and bulletproof helmet. Or simply continue to use all those policemen that surround him as human shields.

"A man feared he might find an assassin
Another that he might find a victim
One was more wise than the other"
Stephen Crane

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none"
William Shakespeare

Why would a man who claims he is loved by everyone, done no wrong, always Mr Nice, need a bulletproof car? Why

I feel so sorry for Dr Gonsalves, what a dreadful life he must have, living in constant fear since the 1970s until today, worried and frightened that someone is trying to kill him. Is there something in his past that he has failed to tell us? Is there?

So why would he need a bulletproof car in SVG?

Peter Binose
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andrew magloire:

Nothing new here! Kenny Anthony won 16 of 17 seats in the 1997 elections in St.Lucia and armed himself with a bulletproof BMW. Lecturing and politicking are two different worlds: Researching and Dealing.

Russel Bunting:

Why is this gentleman(?) against the prime minister using bulletproof cars? We are not living in the 1960s. Cannot he hear and read what is happening in SVG? The good,the bad and the ugly are being shot. The prime minister is no fool, he knows that prevention is better than cure.

Peter Binose:

Russel Street Decoration, are you suggesting he is one or all of the three that you list "The good, the bad and the ugly". Did you actually read what I wrote. Why don't you stop being stupid and stay on the subject.

Isn't that the name of the Italian made spaghetti Western, "Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo"?

I remember that movie word for word.

TUCO: One bastard goes in... and another comes out.

TUCO: There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend. Those with a rope around their neck and the people who have the job of doing the cutting. Listen, the neck at the end of the rope is mine! I run the risks. So the next time, I want more than half.

BLONDIE: You may run the risks, my friend, but I do the cutting. If we cut down my percentage... cigar? Liable to interfere with my aim.

BLONDIE: The way I figure... there's really not too much future with a sawed-off runt like you.

BLONDIE: Such ingratitude after all the times I've saved your life.

TUCO: I'm looking for the owner of that horse. He's tall, blonde, he smokes a cigar, and he's a pig!

TUCO: There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door.... those that come in by the window.

BLONDIE: I'll sleep better... knowing my good friend... is by my side.... to protect me.

TUCO: (Seeing troops approaching) They're gray like us. Let's say hello to them and then get going. (Yelling to the troops) Hurrah! Hurrah for the Confederacy! Hurrah! Down with General Grant! Hurrah for General... (to Blondie) What's his name?


TUCO: (Yelling to the troops again) Lee! God is with us because he hates the Yanks too! Hurrah!

BLONDIE: (Watching closely as the troops approach) God is not on our side 'cause he hates idiots also.

(The troops approach them, and beat the gray dust off their Union uniforms)

TUCO: I like big, fat men like you. When they fall, they make more noise. And sometimes they never get up.

BLONDIE: I've never seen so many men wasted so badly.

TUCO: (Reading note left behind by Angel Eyes) "See you soon, id - idi-"

BLONDIE: (Takes the note and reads it) "Idiots". (Hands the note back to Tuco) It's for you.

TUCO: Whoever double crosses me and leaves me alive... he understands nothing about Tuco.

TUCO: When you have to shoot.... shoot, don't talk.

BLONDIE: Every gun makes its own tune. And it's perfect timing, large one.

BLONDIE: Were you gonna die alone?

BLONDIE: You see, in this world, there's two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.

ANGEL EYES: Two can dig a lot quicker than one. Dig. (To Blondie) You're not diggin'.

BLONDIE: (Lights his cigar. Angel Eyes cocks his gun.) If you shoot me, you won't see a cent of that money.


BLONDIE: I'll tell you why... (kicks lid off coffin, revealing only Arch Stanton's skeleton) Cause there's nothing in there.

TUCO: (Raises shovel to strike Blondie) Why you son-of-a....!

BLONDIE: You thought I'd trust you? Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it.

(Tuco looks inside the mission, sees his brother and hesitates, not knowing if he'd be welcome. He gathers his courage and enters.)

TUCO: Hey, Pablo!

(Brother Ramirez turns slowly, seeing Tuco, and doesn't respond)

TUCO: (Laughing) Don't you recognize me? It's me! Tuco! (He approaches his brother, and goes to put his arms around him) Let me embrace you! (Tuco stops, seeing his unmoved brother, and looks down at his holy robes.) I don't know the right thing! (He kneels down and kisses the tasseled rope of the priest garments) I was passing by here, I said to myself "I wonder if my brother remembers his brother!" (He laughs, uncertain, asking quietly) Did I do wrong? (Under the steely glare of his brother, Tuco tries to ease the tension and continues jovially) It doesn't matter--I'm very happy!

BROTHER RAMIREZ: You've seen me, Tuco.

TUCO: Yeah, well, I'm very glad I came! (Sees his brother looking him over disapprovingly, he continues in a happy tone) Oh, my uniform! It's a long story! Let's talk about you, it's more important. You look very well! Mmmm a bit thin, perhaps, but (laughs) you were always thin, eh Pablito? (Still seeing no reaction from his brother, he continues quieter) What about our parents?

BROTHER RAMIREZ: Only now do you think of them, to begin after nine years.

TUCO: Nine years? So it's nine years! Nine years! (Laughs to cover his guilt)

BROTHER RAMIREZ: Our mother has been dead a long time now. Our father died only a few days ago. That's why I was away. He asked for you to be there, but there was only me.

(Tuco, obviously devastated, turns and walks away, hiding his face.)

BROTHER RAMIREZ: And you? Outside of evil, what else have you managed to do? It seems to me you once had a wife someplace.

TUCO: (Turns back around, hiding the fact that he had been crying, he answers angrily and defensively) Not one, lots of them! One here, one there, wherever I found them! Go on, preach me a sermon, Pablo.

BROTHER RAMIREZ: (Shakes head) What good would that be? Just keep on the way you're going. Go away... and the Lord have mercy on your soul.

TUCO: I'll go! I'll go! While I'm waiting for the Lord to remember me, I, Tuco Ramirez, brother of Brother Ramirez, will tell you something. You think you're better than I am? Where we came from, if one did not want to die of poverty, one became a priest or a bandit. You chose your way, I chose mine. Mine was harder! You talk of our mother and father! You remember when you left to become a priest I stayed behind! I must have been ten, twelve, I don't remember which, but I stayed! I tried, but it was no good! Now I am going to tell you something... you became a priest because you were too much of a coward to do what I do.

(Brother Ramirez slaps Tuco across the face. Tuco throws a punch and knocks his brother down. Tuco helps him back to his feet, and begins to leave.)

BROTHER RAMIREZ: Tuco! (Tuco stops, very upset, and then continues out.) Please forgive me, brother.

(Tuco mounts the wagon where Blondie, who had heard everything, is waiting. As the horses pull the wagon from the mission, Tuco thinks over what had happened.)

TUCO: Ehhh, my belly's full! Nice guy, my brother! I didn't tell you my brother was in charge here? Everything! Like the Pope almost! He's in charge in Rome. My brother say to me, "Stay brother, don't go home. We never see each other. Here there's plenty to eat and drink. Bring your friend too!" (Tuco laughs) Whenever we see each other, he never lets me go. It's always the same story. (Laughs again) My brother -- he's crazy about me! That's so. Even a tramp like me, no matter what happens, I know there's a brother somewhere who will never refuse me a bowl of soup.

BLONDIE: (Thoughtfully) Sure. Well after a meal, there's nothing like a good cigar.

(Blondie takes the cigar from his mouth and passes it to Tuco. Tuco looks at it a moment, still thinking over everything that had happened. He takes it, puffs on it, and then as the steady beat of the hooves pull them further from the mission, he puts it out of his mind, smiling now... as he returns to the life of a bandit.)


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