“The troubles”: Just how many were killed?

-And who (actually) were they? -Oil-wealth advice - from Raphael and Rawle

Look friends, I’m one (dubious) fan of our Historian-President’s penchant for naming things. His Excellency has the right (?) and the expertise (?) for coining phrases, words, descriptions for new observances (GDF, “arrivals”) new vehicles, old Convention Centres, even periods in our history.

From a veiled political perspective, he has branded the period 2002 to 2009 (to 2014/15?) “The troubles.” A few months ago he explained that he was referring to that post-2002 jailbreak to 2007/2008. Which law-abiding citizen living through that period here can forget the unprecedented wave of robberies, murders, “Executions” and multiple massacres? They together constitute His Excellency’s “troubles”, I suppose.

Amidst the crime-wave, but as it subsided in intensity, President Jagdeo somehow superintended two major international, stress- relief  events—World-Cup Cricket (2007) and  a CARIFESTA (2008). However, our current President- Historian, Soldier and freshly- minted Politician- is about to operationalize a promise he announced when he was leader of the parliamentary opposition, of the PNCR and of APNU. Another Commission of Inquiry is upon us! And I have so many concerns. Why?….

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