Thursday, January 18, 2018

Foreign policy blunder*

ONCE I read our Government had abstained on the United Nation's resolution to condemn the United States' decision to anoint Jerusalem as Israel's capital I raced to the Tunapuna Cemetery to reacquaint myself with the words on CLR James's gravestone, which read: “Time would pass, old empires would fall and new ones take their place, the relations of countries and the relations of classes had to change, before I discovered that it is not quality of goods and utility which matter, but movement; not where you are or what you have, but where you have come from, where you are going and the rate at which you are getting there” (Beyond a Boundary).

As I read the epitaph, I could not help but think of the calibre of men and women who constructed the PNM and the close collaboration of James and Williams as they sought to set our nation along a solid path of decency and self-respect.


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