Tue | Feb 19, 2019

Hypocrisy in Venezuela vote

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I see where the Jamaican Government has voted not to recognise President Nicol·s Maduro as the legitimate president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. They have not really given us a compelling reason for their decision.

The double standard that exists is blatantly clear.

In 1983, the People's National Party, while in opposition, accused the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government of using a wrong voters' list and decided not to contest the general election. The JLP obviously got all the seats. Not a thing was said about the illegitimacy of the Government.

In 2004, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti was kidnapped by the United States and flown out of the country. Neither CARICOM nor the Organization of American States (OAS) did anything about the illegitimacy of the new government.

In 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras, JosÈ Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown. The OAS was again silent, and the new president was accepted by the United States.

In 2017, the UN Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned a report on Israel. Rima Khalaf, UN undersecretary general and ESCWA executive secretary, said the report was the "first of its type" from a UN body that "clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people".

The Jamaican Government remains in bed with Israel

It is no secret that the United States has always wanted regime change in Venezuela - long before Maduro. A deeper look at the situation easily shows that a devious, scheming hand is involved.

The verdict, as always, is yours.

MIKE JOHN

mickeyjMcG@mail.com