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A call for resistance: Urgent warning for Grenada

Grenada is at undeclared war; currently partly fought in our consciences, but not ultimately so. It is a conflict that, if we do not change our way and resist, will result in our loss and very real devastation from which we may never recover as an autonomous nation.

The typical Grenadian silence, acquiescence, and belief that someone else will solve our problems, is not only a blight on our individual freedoms, but is also what our enemy is dependent upon for their victory.

The enemy that we face is not among the traditional colonialists of the past several centuries for which many in this region are trying to stir up hatred (Britain and France for example), but a nation upon whom we have become so dependent that we are not far from being a satellite state. A nation that, within this 21st century, is building itself a global empire.

Our enemy believes that “to fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting” (Chinese General Sun Tzu, 5th century B.C.). They believe in subversion, in fighting the battle for the mind.

In the words of Maximilian Kolbe, “The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?”

Through changing our perceptions not only of what is right or wrong, but of which values are justified or not, this enemy intends to destroy our resistance and win this war without the cost of a physical battle.

The beliefs that founded that nation in 1949 can be summarised in 10 principles laid out in the Communist Manifesto of 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels:

Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose. (i.e. Abolition of private property, everything is State-owned.)

A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels (rebels meaning anyone against the government, ideologically or otherwise.)

Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly. (i.e. Prohibition of private banks.)

Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state (i.e. make the administration of all factories state-controlled), the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

Equal liability of all to labour. (i.e. Everyone is forced to work for the state) Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country. (i.e. Erase differences between the countryside and the city.)

Free education for all children in public schools. (i.e. Only public and free education, no private schools.) Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

The immediate aim necessary for the implementation of these goals of the Communists is ‘class struggle.’ It constitutes segregating people into one of two groups: ‘oppressed’ or ‘oppressor.’

In the classical Communist manner, the people are divided into ‘bourgeois’ (oppressor) and ‘proletariat’ (oppressed) – the working-class and the land-owning class (including the middle class). But in our modern era, the categories of ‘oppressed’ and ‘oppressor’ can apply to different groups, not just the economic ones of proletariat and bourgeois.

The Caribbean, in particular, due to the lonely voices of Arley Gill, Hilary Beckles (UWI, CARICOM Reparations Chair), Mia Mottley (PM Barbados), Denis O’Brien (founder, Digicel), Verene Shepherd (UWI), and others, have made the ‘oppressed’ refer to ‘slaves’ (you and I apparently), and the ‘oppressors’ refer to ‘colonisers’ (someone-or-other in Britain, France, Spain, etc.).

By dividing people in such a manner, the Communists seek to instil nationalist fervour in these oppressed clan members, to the point that they will be willing – nay, eager, to overthrow their oppressors through revolution, institute a ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ (the oppressed) distribute the land stolen from the land-owning among the landless, and go about performing the aforementioned goals.

And following Russia’s historical example, countries in such turmoil will always find their revolutionaries backed by a major Communist power, which, at present, is China. That is the model – variations along the way are not unwelcome by the Communists, once the outcome is a thoroughly subjugated ‘Communist utopia.’

Communism, as we know, is centered around the belief that assets, private property, create hierarchies and therefore inequalities, and the solution is to forcibly make everyone equal by disallowing personal ownership of anything, and the administration of all assets, including people, by the State alone – ‘utopia,’ according to them.

By this very logic however, the landless, now landowners, become oppressors themselves because they own private property. So, the land given to the landless, as demonstrated in China, Russia, and Cuba, is always, subsequently, taken from them by the State, and instead of working the land of the ‘bourgeois’, they work for the State.

Failing to work to the standard set out by the State or not working at all results, as was seen in China’s Great Leap Forward of 1958-62, in the decrease or removal of food rations.

Arguably, the greatest stumbling block to Communism is the family – the most basic unit of any country or society, prevents absolute loyalty to the State, which is the ultimate, and unspoken, aim of Communism. Its succinct response to this hurdle is a simple call: “Abolition of the family!” (Chapter 2, Communist Manifesto). In a sarcastic discussion of dissenting views in Chapter 2, the Manifesto quotes its opposition as believing, the Communists “destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social (education)”, which they do not deny, but instead say they “have not invented the intervention of society in education,” but intend “to rescue education from the influence of the ruling class,” i.e. make it wholly State-administered.

It calls the “hallowed co-relation of parents and child”, “bourgeois clap-trap” and “disgusting.” And responds to the opposition of abolition of the family in this manner: “do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents?

To this crime we plead guilty.” So, it seems ok for the state to oppress children, so that families don’t get to do it. Wherever oppression of children happens it’s wrong!

Communism intends to replace the family with free public schooling and parents with the State so that nothing divides one’s loyalties to the Government.

With all private property taken away, such loyalty is made to be what one is dependent upon for their daily needs of food, water, clothing and shelter. This lack of private ownership, which would otherwise inspire people to protect what is their own and resist, instead ensures the ultimate subjugation of people.

And the oppressor, which Communism promises to banish, takes its ultimate form as the Government itself. The entire citizenry, because of their own choices, their own lack of knowledge to see beyond the deceit of those promising to help them, becomes the oppressed; all dissenters are ferreted out, executed or exiled, and voila!

Another slave-state is born, another nation is added to the Communist circle of influence. But a lot of us value freedom too much to hand it over on a platter again!

That circle of influence is not created merely to sit idly by, after all, the goal is “Communism the world over!” Which means, of course, that one nation is set firmly in the crosshairs from the get-go – the United States of America.

The arch-nemesis of Communism since its official inception in 1848, has been, and still is, the USA. In the simplest terms, this is because the Manifesto declares: “The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property,” and that “…the middle-class owner of property… must, indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.”

Conversely, the US Founding Fathers believed that private property is the foundation not only of prosperity but of freedom itself, as evidenced in their Bill of Rights (5th Amendment etc.). Be warned Communist China: no man gives freedom, it is a gift from Almighty God, neither will you take it away.

That the USA’s founding documents directly contradict the summary of Communism makes America and any Communist nation natural enemies, as evidenced by Pearl Harbour, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and many such contentions. Communist China is no different.

For its intended conflict with the United States, and the furtherance of Communist ideology, China has firmly settled its footprint in the Caribbean region (as Russia also did/tried to do), through both its own ambassadors and projects, and its Communist surrogate, the United Nations, and recently, the European Union.

The furtherance of the belief that founded the ruling Party of China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is a central aim of all its international operations. Whether it is in East Asia, the Caribbean, or North America, an essential avenue for the dissemination of Communist principles is the education system, from universities to primary schools.

The proliferation of Communist influences in both North America and the Caribbean (to say nothing of South and Central America) is well-known, but now even the secondary and primary schools are in their sights, just as in the era of Maurice Bishop.

Consider this excerpt from a children’s song of the Chinese Cultural Revolution:

I have a box with small crayons.

They make beautiful drawings.

Red, yellow, blue, black, all sorts of them.

I love my small box with crayons.

With my golden-yellow crayon I draw the sun which shines over us.

It shines so brilliantly over all China because the sun is Chairman Mao.

With my crayon that’s black/brown, I draw a Negro boy, oppressed by the imperialists.

Oh, dear friend we will help you,

Children everywhere will help you.

Carefully, with my crayon of red I draw the Red Banner of our nation,

Always we will follow the party and the Revolution.

And we will beat, beat, beat, American imperialists!

In Grenada our children used to sing (to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It):

If you love the Revolution stamp your feet.

If you love the Revolution and you want to have production,

If you love the Revolution stamp your feet.

If you love the Revolution, say we love. (We love)

If you love the Revolution, say we love.

If you love the Revolution and you want to have production, say we love. (We love)

If you love the Revolution do like this. (shake the fist)

If you love the Revolution and you want to have production do like this!

The aim is not to stick to children’s songs, but to entice the younger generation through various educational channels into not only thinking themselves ‘oppressed,’ but to see Communism as the only way out of the Caribbean’s poverty rut.

Be warned of the United Nations’ (fronting for China) curricula that seek to entrench themselves in our schools – even TAMCC’s Confucius Classroom – and influence our students with Communist ideologies.

Another means of exerting influence Communist China has utilized is through the Green Agenda, which stands to benefit it on every important front. They are the largest producers of rare earth metals in demand for magnets, wind turbines, solar panels, and computers (as well as the largest manufacturers of those products), all part of the ‘green energy’ push to ‘remove carbon gases from electricity generation.’

Conveniently, researchers said the amount of minerals available is “enough to supply a switch to renewable energy,” (Voice of America, 2.12.2023) unlike oil, which ‘researchers’ are certain will ‘soon’ run out. Perhaps once the material comes from Communist China, it is conveniently eternal in all known deposits?

China also dominates the rechargeable battery industry largely because it is the biggest commercial-grade refiner of cobalt, a critical component in many electric car batteries, and produced 75% of the world supply in 2021. “Fully refined cobalt is combined with other metals to make cathodes – the positively charged part of a battery.

The largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers in the world are CATL and BYD in China” (Siddharth Kara, Cobalt Red How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives, 2023). So, let’s all buy electric cars to enrich China!

Not enough charging stations? Is the price restrictive? Aren’t BYD cars bursting into flames all over China? This writer has seen at least three BYD Seagull cars in Grenada, banned in some countries, most notably the USA.

Despite the human rights abuses involved in much of the extraction, refining, and manufacturing of cobalt by Chinese businesses of their workers in the Congo and China, Chinese electric vehicles – whether bikes or cars – should be avoided.

The lack of quality control, the likelihood of fires especially in the case of accidents or even while charging, and overall inferiority of Chinese vehicles, specifically BYD EVs that hardly deploy airbags when necessary, should be enough encouragement to forego the 100% tax-free exemption granted to them by the NDC Government.

Even the mini BYD Seagulls that have been popping up should be given wide berth – Grenada has difficulty putting out regular fires, how much less capable are we of putting out EV fires that don’t respond to just water? In fact, they ignite when flooded (Tesla too). There’s nothing to see here! Buy EVs to save the environment!

We are at a critical juncture, and we cannot afford to stay in denial. Whether it’s the Communist Manifesto, ‘class struggle,’ or the slave conditions in the manufacturing of EVs, it’s uncanny that all roads lead to China (and its Great Wall of Money) and its agents/allies/facilitators.

Notice how these politicians would use the playbook (Communist Manifesto) to create the crisis (‘class struggle’) and the aim of this ‘slave master’ is to generate wealth and consolidate power for itself – the ruling class of the CCP. Where do we fit in?

Zarah Chase