By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
Why are more Puerto Ricans living away from their national territory, than in? Puerto Rico can’t govern for the Puerto Ricans, because the United States government (USG) has illegally stolen her sovereignty for the past 122 years!
Javier A. Hernandez wrote an article about Puerto Rico’s need to obtain her sovereignty to develop economically. Well, of course that is true. That is exactly why the USG invaded her militarily in 1898! Click here to read his article: https://www.theweeklyjournal.com/opinion/opinion-puerto-rico-sovereignty-is-key-for-economic-development/article_5712233c-0d88-11eb-affc-5be2db1ca4e5.html
Javier states that most Puerto Ricans realize that statehood is not a viable option. Javier, however, never mentioned that the principal reason for that is the USG’s 244 year history of its systemic racism. That is precisely what Trump is saying when he said that he would ignore the results of the November 3rd, 2020 statehood plebiscite. That, is not news, since the USG has a very long history of ignoring the rule of law.
The USG has never complied with the United Nations’ (UN) Charter that prohibits colonialism since 1945.
The USG has ignored 39 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. http://webtv.un.org/watch/5th-meeting-committee-of-24-special-committee-on-decolonization/6051725003001/
The following is Javier’s solution to Puerto Rico colonialism:
“Free Association would be “the best of all worlds” since it would secure Puerto Rico’s important ties with the United States, yet allowing Puerto Rico to become a sovereign nation integrated into the world economy, opening up many opportunities for Puerto Rican entrepreneurs, companies, investors and American companies as well.”
Javier is looking for an arrangement that the USG would agree to. Javier, then, can’t believe in a nation’s inalienable right to self-determination and independence under international law.
I believe that we should engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with international law. And once we have achieved our independence, we will do whatever benefits us!
Puerto Ricans will decide what we want.