For one thing, I've learned that being called names or defending himself wasn't new to John in Nov. 2012, the way we might have imagined. I mean, you think; the guys a millionaire, he donates money, employs locals, gives speeches....he's a freakin' genius living in Paradise, so what's the problem? And if there was one, wouldn't you talk to him about it? Privately? There seems to be an odd green eyed monster that comes from some of the expats. I cant' quite place the core, but there's no mistaking it's existence. We all remember how most of them tried to distance themselves and present a 'we're not like him' united front after JM fled. Maybe it should be 'he's not like us' , because he isn't. Thank God. He didn't throw his friend under the bus on national TV, but he did continue to lobby for the release of his friends until it happened, so yeah, he's not like you at all. That Dateline piece didn't do those expats any favors, did it?
Yesterday I found an old article I'd never seen, (although had read 'the story' elsewhere) but it's the comments that made me do a double take. Now this is May 2012, so it's pre GF, but after the raid in Orange Walk, and the sentiment blew me away.....I guess I wasn't expecting it. Most if not all, were residents of Belize.....apparently neighbors. There was already so much acrimony, some more blatant than others, but the general consensus was clear: Go & Good Riddance. I wondered.......did they really think it was easier to blame JM than admit the atrocities happening around them? Kinda like an ostrich with a tattoo of "it's his fault" on his ass that you only see when he buries his head?
It's an interesting read, and JM replies to a couple of peeps, but note the comment from Jessica Hopes........that's Amy!!!!!
For the fans of wim, this is great piece to show haters........ like our Troll. There was a theory that the murderer (hired by the GOB), simply killed the wrong gringo. Apparently, we were just a wee bit late with our conclusion. This is from the above link, and is dated May, 2012:
John, it is my hope you get out of the country.. There is only one way this is going to end. Someone will find your body in your house and the crime will never be solved. The Belizean people do not want the gringos here, they just want the money… Its time all gringos thought about letting this filthy cesspool of a country get flushed. Then let the business owners throughout the country wonder what happened to there customers. Crime & corruption is out of control, garbage and human waste litters the streets and rivers and the Belizeans could care less, just as long as they get there beans and rice each day. John you just don’t get it…They “like” living in a cesspool… They have no grasp of their own laws, and very little desire to even educate their children. As a country it is a “failed” experiment on par with the African continent. Its a damn shame that a country with the potential that this has, is populated by a people who have no desire to improve themselves or there country (sic)
Freaky, right? The first 3 sentences were like some weird flashback when I first read them............ queue the Twilight Zone music. (☉_☉) I'd like to think he's wrong about the Belizean people not caring about their lives, or specifically, the future of their children, but the crime and corruption he mentions is easily verified. So much for anyone who believed John's 'paranoia' was manufactured by him, as a deflection to 'person of interest', and had no basis in fact. This is proof that fear of the GOB, the GSU in particular, was real and existed in other peoples minds months before GF was murdered. I'm not surprised by this, having long since concluded what was happening, but I am happy to offer it up for anyone still questioning the validity of JM's statements.
You're not bonkers after all.......Imagine That ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
more interesting comments: http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/70422
For JM.........one of my favorite songs.