“Son, we live in a World that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.
“You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line.
“I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.”
This is probably one of the most memorable quotes from the movie, A Few Good Men. For those who are not familiar with the movie, this is the final scene in which Lt. Daniel A. Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, is questioning Col. Nathan R. Jessep, played by Jack Nicholson, regarding the death of PFC William Santiago.
I consider what Col. Jessep said to be powerful statements for the simple reason that most of what he said was right.
It was correct but applicable in the environment in which he was in. That is, posted as a Marine Commander in Guantanamo Bay Cuba facing a hostile force.
The military is not a democratic system for the obvious reality that if orders are not carried out to the letter, people get hurt or even killed. Jessep’s leadership was understandable. It was a dictatorial one and it was designed to be that way.
The military is not structured in a way that allows for a private to question the orders of a superior officer. In a democracy, however, the rules are completely different.
Jessep’s statement seems to reflect the basic attitude that most of our elected leaders take once they have been elected to a position of leadership. They want a subservient population and questioning anything is seen as disagreement. It is quietly understood that citizens are supposed to accept everything and our collective input should be only our approval.
We must always bear in mind that our elected leadership is answerable to us. They are not gods or demigods and are outrageously far from infallible and that is the reason the people must act as the counter balance to their leadership.
As a matter of fact I can think of people who had been elected to office who were virtual idiots and had no idea what their duties were in the House, least of all what their responsibilities were as leaders.
Our leaders are there to do what the people want and not the other way around. It is our patriotic duty to hold our elected leaders accountable for every irresponsible action they take. We owe that not only to a country we love, but also to all the generations that are coming after us.
The actions of Guatemala prior to the last OAS meeting and the act of not showing up for the meeting is a clear indication that once again, the Guatemalans want to set the pace. For us to continue appeasing Guatemala after this would be an outright shame.
It has become clear to most Belizeans that this is not the way to go and not what the majority of the population wants. To continue with this education campaign is a waste of valuable time and resources and is more an action of force feeding this propaganda down the throat of the Belizean population.
We don’t want it and I think it has become very clear that that is not what we want. No to the ICJ!
On another note, can someone please email me and explain what is the rationale behind the creation of Belize Infrastructure Limited? Why would the government create a company which has what appears to be the same responsibility as the Ministry of Works? Maybe am missing something but I just don’t get it.
It’s all about the people!
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