Haitian President, Jovenel Moise was assassinated in the early hours of Wednesday at his private residence. Far from being an isolated incident, Moise is just the latest political figure who showed skepticism towards the official narrative regarding covid-19 to wind up dead under odd circumstances.
Not long after the incident video footage emerged in which one of the assassins, with what sounds like an American accent, pronounces over a megaphone that this was a DEA operation and for everybody to stand down. Hours after the assassination, four suspected gunmen were killed and two more were kidnapped and hours after that,the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, declared a two-week “state of siege” which essentially puts the country under martial law.
At almost any other time in history this story would be sadly blase. The world would accept Jovenel Moise’s assassination as just another violent hallmark of politics in a banana republic. And perhaps that’s all that this is but we cannot forget about another angle to the story in the context of the times in which we live.
Haiti was one of the few places in the western hemisphere to take a more laid-back approach to the coronavirus hysteria that rocked the world in 2020. The country did initially lock down for several months but quickly went back to normal and largely remains that way today. Many local reports suggest that Haitians did not have much interest in abiding by mandates put in place and the state did not have much will to enforce them. Jovenel Moise caught the ire of the so-called international health community when he suggested that his people’s “special relationship with nature” plus a natural remedy in the form of a tea brewed from the artemisia plant did not necessitate the steps many other nations took in the name of controlling a viral outbreak. The president also made little effort to acquire any injections for the country, much to the dismay of the Bill Gates funded GAVI, and as of the time of publication they still have not arrived though they are en route.
It should be made clear that Jovenel Moise is not to be deified. The man was the latest in a series of U.S.-backed Haitian presidents to oversee the pillage and plunder of the nation whose tenure was fraught with corruption, embezzlement, and scandal. This left him deeply unpopular among the Haitian people and made him plenty of enemies who would want to see his downfall. It seems more likely that his death was the result of a power play rather than a hit carried out by the international medical clique but at the very least he will not be missed by those wishing to lockdown the world while injecting every man, woman, and child with experimental gene therapies. Agenda for which, he was a roadblock.
However, as noted previously, Moise is not the only world leader to die under strange circumstances during a worldwide moral panic.
In March of this year Tanzania’s infamous president, John Magufuli passed away after not being seen in public for more than two weeks, with rumors surrounding ill-health swirling. No official cause of death was ever attributed to the man who humiliated the medical establishment by acquiring positive PCR test results from samples of jackfruit, goats, rabbits, and motor oil. This was the same man to promote natural remedies, mock mask wearing, refuse injections from abroad, and who did not place his citizenry under lockdowns. It is really no surprise that the new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan took a very different approach to the handling of the supposed pandemic almost immediately upon taking office.
In neighboring Burundi, a similar story unfolded nearly simultaneously. Shortly after the outbreak of covid-19 in the country in March 2020, Pierre Nkurunziza, the nation’s president, dismissed the concerns around the virus as nonsense and went so far so to expel members of the World Health Organization (WHO) from the country. On June 9th it was announced that Nkurunziza had died of cardiac arrest. Like in Tanzania, the new president of Burundi took the country’s approach to the virus in a more authoritarian direction.
Elsewhere, world leaders who defied the official narrative have fared better but been attacked all the same. Belarusian leader, Aleksandr Lukashenka took the least draconian approach to covid-19 in Europe besides Sweden and, coincidentally, was met with a “color revolution” which nearly toppled his administration. The aforementioned Scandinavian nation was spared domestic turmoil but was regularly vilified by the mainstream media and international health bodies for refusing to lockdown or impose mask mandates. Latin American presidents in Mexico, Brazil, and Nicaragua have faced similar criticism for their lack of concern over the virus despite largely towing the line. American governors including Kristi Noem and Ron DeSantis are looked at as merciless killers. Reclusive administrations like those in Eritrea, Turkmenistan, and North Korea have largely refused to provide information to global health organizations regarding the situations in their nations which hasn’t alleviate the constant demonization of such places in the western press.
It’s not just politicians facing backlash for their opposition to the authoritarian response to the coronavirus outbreak. Alternative media outlets daring to cover another side of the story have been deplatformed. Academics, doctors, and nurses who question the mainstream consensus are silenced. Friends and family members face being shunned by their loved ones for not seeing eye-to-eye. Strangers are pitted against one another in a world where far too many elements of life have been politicized.
Maybe these men paid for speaking out with their lives, and maybe they didn’t. This isn’t about sanctifying politicians like Jovenel Moise or unearthing a global conspiracy but shining a light on the power of speaking out against corrupt narratives. These men were corrupt despots who deserve no praise for their political careers but we should not ignore their message with regards to the coronavirus for it shows that words and actions from all rungs of power, from the nurses in Texas fighting back against injection mandates to leaders on the world stage, have power. If they didn’t, why would so much energy be put into silencing these voices?
The war for our hearts and minds is still being waged but it is not nearly over. We must continue to speak up and defy consensus.