Have you ever had to fight for your freedoms? This author, a courageous Jamaican journalist did and shares some of her dangerous experiences while resisting the attempts by the treacherous Michael Manley government and their Cuban/Russian cohorts inMoreHave you ever had to fight for your freedoms? This author, a courageous Jamaican journalist did and shares some of her dangerous experiences while resisting the attempts by the treacherous Michael Manley government and their Cuban/Russian cohorts in the 70’s to destroy freedom and democracy in Jamaica.And while some in the free world often chastise the American CIA for interfering in the affairs of sovereign nations, Joan makes no bones that she has nothing but gratitude to that organization for their apparent surreptitious assistance to those who were not prepared to capitulate and lose their freedoms to a power hungry regime armed and assisted by the Cuban DGI and Russian KGB.
She writes “In light of the fact that those who tried to sell out our country to the eastern bloc were armed and financed by the Russian KGB and the Cuban DGI, I reiterate even now, that had the CIA or whichever other US agency not assisted the JLP in that undeclared civil war that raged between 1978 and 1980, the freedoms we accept as normal today would not have been preserved.Her determination to remain a free citizen meant the ultimate sacrifice of having to send her children away, but this lady reluctantly made the painful decision for she wanted them to enjoy the freedoms she had been accustomed to.However, as she looks the terrible economic conditions in Jamaica today plus the fact the country remains one of the top 5 Murder Capitals of the World, Williams wonders out loud if it was all worth the effort.However, because she has close relatives in Cuba, she visited that country recently and concluded,.
“I have visited Cuba four times, including once in 2014 to get acquainted and spend a few days with some cousins that were born there. Although the natural beauty of that country cannot be totally destroyed, life there is simply intolerable for the residents. And I am not talking about only the lack of freedoms but also the system makes it impossible for people to advance economically no matter how hard they work.
For poverty is pervasive while corruption and prostitution is rampant as people turn to any means necessary to survive........ “So if it’s the CIA that assisted us to win the battle that saved us from becoming a deprived, browbeaten and hopeless people like the Cubans, I feel nothing but gratitude towards them.”Now that the US has eased tensions with Cuba, this revealing and timely book forces us to ask some serious questions. Most importantly, will Cuba resume trying to destabilize small Caribbean nations as soon as its economy starts to flourish again?
For these small islands are no match for the well -armed and trained soldiers who make up a bulk of the population there and Russia under Putin seems determined to resume there reclamation of some of its satellites, probably even in the US’s backyard too!Looking Back does not only reminisce however but more importantly wonders about the future under what Williams describes as the “Bastardisation of the Westminster System as practiced in Jamaica today.
For while Jamaica is theoretically a “democratic” nation, she reveals how some 25% of their electoral constituencies are tightly controlled by gunmen aligned to senior politicians in the major parties JLP and PNP. This is what she sadly insists accounts for the fact that Jamaicas murder rate remains frighteningly high while the young people lose hope.This is a timely, explosive, thought provoking and insightful book which is a “must read” for persons interested in democracy, politics and international affair.Part 2 is a mini- autobiography where Williams shares the sheer torment she went through when her only son was murdered and the surprise possibility she was forced to face in 2014, that he was actually murdered by someone in the Jamaican police force who are paid by taxpayers to serve and protect the public.
She also shares some quite hilarious views on family, religion , marijuana etc.