Thursday, August 30, 2012

What about Curacao's country status?

I was watching the opening ceremony of the 2012 summer Olympics in London the other day and I was keeping my eye out for participants from Curacao. I was pleasantly hoping to see the country's flag flying along with all of the other flags but to my horror I saw something else. There were 3 lonely athletes from Curacao walking next to an athlete from South Sudan holding an IOC (International Olympic Committee) flag. I was utterly shocked that 3 talented Curacaoans were subjected to walk alongside an athlete from a war-ridden country and they were all labelled as stateless!! What does this say about the country of Curacao and it's people? In my opinion it says that Curacao by no means was even close to ready to take on country status and that deep down the government and people of Curacao don't know the first thing about representing themselves as a country. What an international embarrassment for Curacao.

Curacao's people should be ashamed of themselves for letting the government get away with such a large-scale error like this one. Although they may believe that it doesn't matter to them, it does matter to the international community and to the culture of Curacao. It sends the message to the world that Curacao does not take it's new status seriously nor does it care about it's new found responsibilities as a country.
Following up from an earlier post I had written titled "Disintegration of the Netherlands Antilles" I felt pride for Curacao that it was fighting to be recognized as its own country. But I have been brutally mistaken throught these last two years. The Netherlands Antilles florin still remains unchanged, the status of the island in the international mailing system still remains the same and now the Olympics, a large-scale world organization, shows no recognition of the country of Curacao. It is as if the island has fallen off the face of the Earth. At this point the island might as well beg for it's original Netherlands Antilles status so that it could at least still have a name and flag in the international community.

What do the people of Curacao have to say for themselves and this extreme judgement in error? Do they care that they cannot be properly represented in the Olympics because of a lack of government effort? Do they care that they cannot support their talented athletes at the Olympics? And do they care that they don't have a currency that matches their new status? I would like to know...

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