Facing the truth: Venezuela

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Among the complex issues arising from facing or dealing with truth are the following:

(1) Truth is not always understood, obvious, or even visible — especially to those who do not wish to see.

(2) Truth is often stranger than fiction.

(3) Truth is either simple or complex, but does not have to be complicated.

(4) Truth is more about “who and why” than it is about “what and how”.

(5) Truth is often unacceptable, offensive, or even repulsive to the ignorant, or unbelieving, or the “unregenerate” human being, whose heart/mind is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”, as the Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9.

All the above come back to mind from observing reactions and comments to current social, economic, diplomatic and political developments in Jamaica by various political and private sector leaders, as well as by church and social media commentators.

Reactions to the Government's recent actions, decisions and prospective actions in the Petrojam/Venezuela shares buyback saga, and in relation to how Jamaica voted at the Organization of American (OAS) and was, nevertheless, represented at President Nicolas Maduro's recent swearing-in ceremony in Venezuela are especially instructive in this regard. The Government is being accused of betraying friends — Venezuela/Maduro — in order to influence or impress the US, et al, and of being hypocritical for being represented at Maduro's swearing-in ceremony.

Opposition spokesmen and supporters are clearly unable or unwilling to see or accept that, especially in diplomatic and political terms, it is often perfectly legitimate, even wise, and in order, to stand securely on the fence, or on top of the dividing wall, with a clear view of all sides of the issue from one's particular advantageous perspective.

There are, of course, many other current issues in which the Andrew Holness-led Administration is confusing the daylights out of people who are unwilling or unable to see or accept that the current Administration is, in many ways, trying, at least, to function on the basis of facing the facts and the truth, and responding with openness and transparency — as never before.

This unbelieving reluctance or inability, and resultant confusion, I believe, is causing the Opposition People's National Party and its supporters to make and support many wrong moves.

C Anthony

Kingston 10


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