Boycott Watch
February 23, 2010
Boycott Watch to President Obama - Recall Aruba Mission Chief
By Fred Taub
Boycott Watch
    Joran Van Der Sloot has made three confessions of guilt in the Natalle Holloway case, yet Aruba does not care. The first confession was videotaped in a car, the second was on Fox News to Greta Van Susteren, and the third came February 22, 2010 to German television. All three have one thing in common - Aruba still does not care.

   We know Joran Van Der Sloot was the last person to see Natalee Holloway alive, he has said so and then told different stories as to what happened next. Let's look at the basic facts. If someone were to confess to a murder despite having an air-tight alibi, say being in two completely different states at the time of the murder, investigators would still examine if the method of death would have worked anyhow, such as a remote control device. In other words, all confessions of murder are takes seriously. If someone claimed to have disposed of a body improperly after death by natural causes, there would still be an investigation and probably charges of improper handling or abuse or a corps.

   Why then would Aruba completely dismiss the confessions of Joran Van Der Sloot, especially after his now deceased father was jailed and questions for several days to determine complicacy in the case? If Joran Van Der Sloot was cleared in the case, which he has not been, then Aruba should say so. The fact is Joran Van Der Sloot is the lone suspect in the case of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and Joran Van Der Sloot has made three separate confessions in the case.

   By outright dismissing the third confession without any scrutiny whatsoever, Aruba is demonstrating they are completely ignoring the case despite claims the case is open. So why is Aruba ignoring the confessions? It appears to be national policy. After Boycott Watch criticized Aruba for closing the case, they suddenly claimed to have reopened it, a topic I addressed on Your World with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel.

   The case was officially reopened only in response to the Aruba boycott as to appease Americans who were fed up with zero progress in the case, yet American saw right through it. American tourism to Aruba is still down. As a result, one hotel missed payroll and the Aruban Resort which as a casino was forced to close, reopening two months later with a new owner and state-backed financing. Meanwhile, a Ritz-Carlton project has had major challenges. On the bright side for Aruba, on February 18, 2010, reported "The cruise ship Carnival Miracle will be visiting Aruba and Curaçao fifteen instead of eleven times this year" but cruise ship visits not yet back to previous levels. Even still, our readers have reported some cruise ship passengers have elected not to go ashore in Aruba.

   While Americas do not speak about the Aruba boycott much, they are also not going there as much as in the past either. The U.S. State Department still has travel warnings about Aruba, and a recent news report about Aruba has one government official saying he does not care about drug trafficking as long as they can get the drug money. Another report states how "Aruba is currently failing on thirteen of the sixteen main criteria" to combat money laundering which can be used for terrorists. While a law has just been passed to combat this, where has Aruba been since September 11, 2001 and when will the measures finally take affect?

   Spring Break is quickly approaching. College students like Aruba and similar islands where drugs are easy to get. Aruba has the added Spring Break advantage of police who tend to look the other way and if you are arrested, it will never appear in any American legal records. Aruba will accept payment of fines and let people go because they just want the money.

   The fact is that Aruba is not safe. Drugs are easily available there since it is a transshipment point, and the money laundered profits of those drug sales may be used to fund terrorism against the United States. Although it is too late for Natalee Holloway, Aruba needs to get its act together. In the mean time, Aruba is not a nation we should consider as our friend. The United States has one avenue to press Aruba to seriously take action in this case. If Aruba will not investigate the confession of Joran Van Der Sloot, we need to recall our highest ranking official to Aruba until they do. Until the U.S. sends the message that we take the safety of our visiting citizens seriously, Americans will not be safe there or anywhere else.

   The United States needs to finally take a strong stance to protect Americans abroad. Boycott Watch President Fred Taub is sending a letter to President Obama asking for the recall of Timothy J. Dunn, Chief of Mission, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.



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