Well, this is a bit embarrassing for me. In my last post I put forward my support, in a manner, in favour of the UBP proposed No Confidence Vote. Well, I’ve been thinking some more about this whole situation, and as a result, I would like to retract such support.
I want to make it clear that I am still very much upset about the decision that was made about the Uighurs and the manner in which it was done. I am also of the opinion that Dr. Brown does need a rebuking as a result of his actions on this matter.
So why have I decided not to support the No Confidence Vote?
There are two reasons.
The first one is only a minor part of my changed decision, but it was a fear that if the No Confidence Vote is successful it would see, in short order, a move to send the Uighur detainees back to Guantanamo Bay, or, worse, the People’s Republic of China. While there may be some populist reactionary support for either of these actions, to do so would in my opinion be unethical and inhumane. Sending them back to Gitmo would mean sending them back to the hell of political limbo, sending them to China would almost certainly be a death sentence for these men. We should neither commit the same wrong as the US did in the first place, nor should we commit the greater wrong of having blood on our hands. They shouldn’t have come here in the first place, but now that they are here, unless the US is willing to take them in properly, they should stay. As much as we do have domestic issues to deal with, we will deal with them, but these should not be an excuse for unethical and inhumane behaviour on our part.
I will post here, tomorrow, my answers to some FAQs regarding these four detainees, largely in a response to the xenophobic and islamophobic statements that some people have been making regarding these people. I hope they will be helpful to this debate.
The main issue why I have changed my opinion on the No Confidence Vote however is because the more I think about this fiasco the more I become convinced that the US and UK have acted together in such a way as to benefit themselves at the expense of Dr. Brown. In short, I believe that part of this fiasco is a plot to see Dr. Brown scapegoated and his Premiership ended.
I understand that people will accuse me of being rather overly conspiracy theorist here, and while it is late where I am, 0100hrs, I will do my best to explain my position. It is almost impossible for me to prove my theory, but I think anyone acquainted with similar US or UK actual conspiracies will certainly admit it has some merit.
As I noted in ‘More Thoughts on Gitmo Detainees’ I was of the opinion that the US and the UK had acted together to portray this decision as a diplomatic hiccup. In such a way the UK could claim ‘plausible deniability’ and as such escape any severe repercussions from the People’s Republic of China, which is a hugely important economic partner of the UK. The US benefits from this decision mostly by clearing up a thorn in its side as regards the Uighurs, and they have done it with the utmost of political expediency for them. They will face some public backlash to sending detainees to paradise islands, but not as much as if they had fulfilled their legal obligations and allowed the Uighurs to settle in the USA proper.
I had had some trouble thinking what the UK got out of the deal, as it seemed a winning situation more for the USA and Bermuda economically than anything else. All the UK would get was a mild rebuke from China as opposed to a full on fury. My best theory was that the UK would get some sort of concession, perhaps in defence technology, sphere of influence, business dealings or perhaps even greater military support in Afghanistan. I still believe that they no doubt will receive some such concession. However, I am also now of the opinion that one of the UK’s goals was the removal of Dr. Brown as the Premier of Bermuda.
I think the UK (and the US too) correctly predicted the public backlash that Dr. Brown would face as a result of this decision. Perhaps Dr. Brown himself also expected some backlash, but calculated it wouldn’t be all that great. It appears Dr. Brown was wrong and the UK/US were correct. More than that, I think they reckoned this public backlash would translate into calls for Dr. Brown’s head, and would result in a No Confidence Vote. In other words, the US/UK passed us a loaded gun, and they are hoping we, the Bermudian people, will pull the trigger and get rid of Dr. Brown for them.
There are various reasons why the US/UK may be in favour of this. I’ll leave those for discussion, but from the US point of view, I reckon they are mostly indifferent to whether or not Dr. Brown survives or not. As long as they don’t have any fallout from this mess, they don’t care. The UK on the other hand, as much as it may officially proclaim indifference to Bermuda staying a colony, I reckon they are probably benefitting from us remaining a colony, and would be quite happy to get rid of Dr. Brown and replace him with someone more pliable to UK interests.
Perhaps I’m wrong, maybe I’ve read too much histories of imperialist plots. But to me this looks like a trap set up by the US/UK. Bear in mind after all that the current Governor is implicated as having worked for the UK intelligence services and having a hand in the US/UK backed invasion of East Timor by Indonesia.
As I said, perhaps I’m wrong. But the more I look at it the more and more I’ve convinced this is an imperialist trap, and I for one will have no more part in it. I have ideological issues with Dr. Brown, and I strongly would like to see a policy change of the Government towards a more socialistic direction. I will shed few tears when and if Dr. Brown is no longer the Premier or Party Leader. But I will have no part in aiding and abetting a US/UK plot.
This issue needs to be debated, and I am fully aware that I cannot prove it. I am sure some will call me a conspiracy crackpot. But I smell a trap in this.