“While we worked with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to help improve their security, the U.S. had nothing to do with the institution of the CARICOM visa…” James T. Heg, U.S. Charge D’affaires, U.S. Embassy, Jamaica in a letter to the Jamaica Gleaner
So Who’s Idea Was The Last Minute Implementation Of The Disastrous CARICOM Cricket Visa?
Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley is in charge of the CARICOM Security Committee that implemented the visa requirement at the last moment – just the week before Christmas.
Deputy Prime Minister Mottley had implied that the Americans were behind the push for the disastrous CARICOM Cricket Visa. Now we know the truth – it was Mottley and her Security Committee – and no one else.
After years of preparation and planning for Cricket World Cup in a post-9/11 security environment, Mia Mottley and friends waited until the very last moment to announce to the world that a visa was necessary.
The impact of the last-minute visa requirement upon the Cricket World Cup cannot be underestimated. Although Mottley and company state that the requirement was only directed at a small group of expected visitors, it threw the travel industry into chaos for over a month.
The Mottley crew said it was all about security, but as many have pointed out – that is nonsense…
– While Australians, New Zealanders and Swedes required a visa, Canadians, Americans and Brits did not – even if they were Muslim immigrants to those countries and presumably much more of a risk than a Kiwi cricket fan.
– Although CARICOM visas were required for folks arriving by air, they were not required for those arriving by sea. Presumably Islamist terrorists never take ships, so the thousands and thousands (?) of visitors arriving on cruise ships were not required to have a visa no matter where they were from. (See our article Islamist Terrorists Never Take Cruise Ships…)
From the start, the Australian media called it a blatant cash-grab, and in retrospect, it sure looks like they were correct.
The public relations damage done to Barbados and the Caribbean by the visa fiasco is immense, but all along Mottley said “security, security, security” even when faced with the obvious idiocy of her statements and the chaotic implementation.
American charge d’affaires clears the air
Jamaica Gleaner – April 3, 2007
The American Embassy in Kingston has defended the role of the American Government in helping to provide aspects of security for Cricket World Cup 2007. In a letter to The Gleaner yesterday, James T. Heg, charge d’affaires, also denied that the U.S. had anything to do with the institution of a CARICOM visa…
… continue reading this article at The Jamaica Gleaner (link here)