A real sense of urgency in Puerto Rico

by Jose M. Lopez Sierra – New York City

The New York Times today published an article about the enormous effort that Puerto Ricans must make to find drinking water after 3 weeks of their island being directly hit by Hurricane Maria. Click on the following link to read its article:

Walmart’s director of corporate communications, Phillip Keene, said, “It’s pretty amazing! There’s a real sense of urgency.” President Obama’s FEMA administrator, W. Craig Fugate, said, “What happened in Puerto Rico was a catastrophe.”

This crisis reminds me of the experimental psychology course I took many years ago. I had to train a rat in a Skinner box to press a bar, so that it could give itself water. We were told that the rats for our experiments were not given food and water for a week, so that they would be desperate to drink water. I had no problem with shaping my rat’s behavior to press the bar.

There is no doubt that the United States government could have quickly aided Puerto Ricans after Hurricane hit the island, andprevented the deaths that have occurred in the aftermath. Why didn’t the US government do that?

The US government sees Puerto Ricans as an inferior race. That has been historically confirmed by Dr. Nelson Rochet Santoro in his doctoral thesis on the subject. Click on the following link for more information:

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campo said in the 1930’s that the United States government is interested in our island, and not us. He was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law College.

The US government has been super slow to help us, because it wants Puerto Ricans to get out of Puerto Rico. Once that happens, then it could make Puerto Rico the 51st state of the Union.

In the meantime, US corporations are making huge profits from Puerto Rico’s US colonial relationship. Walmart, in this article, states that it can’t sell water fast enough in Puerto Rico for the demand right now. If you do the arithmetic, per capita, Puerto Rico is the United States government’s number one client. Why would it want to change that?

That is why the US government has ignored thus far 36 United Nations resolutions asking it to immediately give Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. It is the US government, and not Oscar Lopez Rivera, that is the terrorist. The government is committing a crime against humanity by keeping Puerto Rico as its colony for the past 120 years. Oscar, on the contrary, has the right under international law to use every means necessary to decolonize his homeland.

Join us in our permanent protests to force the US government to comply with the 36 UN resolutions, because those who want to steal our homeland don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL!




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