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We are aware that PM Gonsalves is a liar. He actually told us so himself. So I suppose writing a letter and pretending it came from someone else would not be beyond his capability. After all, it’s perhaps just kind of another lie. So would that not be acceptable behaviour on his part, at least to him if not us?
They say no one likes a liar, but on his part yes they do. Why? Because he told us so, when he told us the Vincentian people love him.
When the article “New law in St Vincent exonerates corruption” appeared on Caribbean News Now
was told and verily believe it to be true, told by someone one removed from the table, there was absolute panic and it was top priority to get a letter published countering the article the very same day.
I have read the letter supposedly from Hans King and compared it with a story “Changes to Passport Law Will Not Exonerate Illegal Activities” published by I-Witness News.
So I printed both off and carried out what a court would describe as “forensics that can identify or narrow the possible sources of the document”. If they were hand written the task would be simplified.
A phrase from the Hans King letter “Scaremongering and falsehoods by internet crazies” as follows
“The NDP’s false allegation is a species of propaganda straight out of the play-book of the Nazi propaganda chief, Goebbels, who took the immoral position that if one repeats a lie persistently the unsuspecting would accept it as the truth.”.
A phrase from “Changes to Passport Law Will Not Exonerate Illegal Activities”, as follows, “He accused the NDP of using ‘a Goebbels-like technique — to speak falsehoods, repeat the falsehoods frequently enough and loudly enough and they believe that people would believe it’.”
Now my belief is that Gonsalves wrote the letters purportedly written by Hans King. Why do I believe that? Because I believe that Hans King would not even know who Goebbels was. Who was Goebbels?
Goebbels was one of Adolph Hitler’s closest associates and most devoted followers. He was known for his zealous orations and deep and virulent anti-Semitism, which led him strongly to support the extermination of the Jews when the Nazi leadership developed their “Final Solution”. In simple terms, Goebbels planned, arranged and organised for the extermination –the murder — of millions of Jews in the cruellest possible way.
To compare any person, anybody or any association or political party with Goebbels is a very deep insult, and is in my opinion, when used in such a way meant to damage the standing of recipient/s of the insult. In my opinion it can be nothing less than libellous, perhaps criminally so. In the case of Gonsalves as a solicitor he would have been fully aware of that when writing such a thing.
It’s also my considered opinion that Gonsalves would know exactly who Goebbels was, Gonsalves hails from Portuguese Jewish ancestry and as such I believe he would know exactly who Goebbels was and what he did. As a world traveller and having mixed with the Iranians, he would most certainly have brushed up on the holocaust matter and all those Nazi’s involved, because his friend Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at one time Iranian president, denied the holocaust ever happened.
What a disgraceful thing to do, to compare any Vincentian with Goebbels. Once again Gonsalves is insulting not just us black people, but all Vincentians black and white.
There are many similar sentences and phrases in both documents, some almost identical, but both being about the same subject perhaps there would be. The things that stand out like a sore thumb are the references to Goebbels in both the documents. It stands out because it has nothing whatsoever to do with the subject. One may say in defence perhaps, both their great minds think alike, my reply to that is, what great minds?
PM Gonsalves, I ask you, did you write the letter? Will you apologise and withdraw your remarks about Goebbels? Will you apologise both to the Vincentian people and to the NDP for your disgraceful and spiteful choice of words?
It has got to stop.
Let’s ask ourselves this question: if the boot were on the other foot, would he sue?
The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to [email protected].