-ELSEWHERE IN THIS AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE I MENTION THAT I DISCOVERED THAT SOMEHOW SOMETHING I HAD PUT HERE FOR EVALUATION BY THE PUBLIC HAD BEEN DELETED.
I WAS PERPLEXED AND ALARMED BECAUSE THE FEW PEOPLE WHOM I HAVE GIVEN ACCESS TO THE FILE MANAGER FOR THIS WEBSITE HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN WARNED NOT TO IN ANY WAY DO ANY "EDITORIALIZING" BY MEANS OF ALTERING THE CONTENTS.
WHAT ARE PURPORTED BY ME TO BE HONEST TEXTS OF DOCUMENTS AS ORIGINALLY FILED WITH THE APPROPRIATE ADDRESSEES ARE EXACTLY THAT.
I WILL NOT COMMENT FURTHER ON THE ORIGINAL DELETION I NOTICED EXCEPT TO ESTABLISH A LINK HERE TO THE RESTORED INFORMATION, NOTING AGAIN THAT HARCOURT CHOSE NOT TO MEET WITH ME TO DISCUSS THE CONTENTS OF MY JUNE 5, 1992 SUBMISSION TO HIM (PRIOR TO THE 1992 CANADIAN REFERENDUM ON A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENT) VIA THE CANADA PLACE CABINET OFFICE THAT HIS PREDECESSORS AS BRITISH COLUMBIA PREMIER BETWEEN 1983 AND 1990 HAD ALWAYS LET ME USE THE OFFICE COURIER SERVICE OF BETWEEN VANCOUVER AND THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL OF VICTORIA WHEN I HAD DOCUMENTATION TO GIVE THEM.
HOWEVER, I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON CREATING A CENTRAL DIRECTORY FOR THIS WEBSITE THAT WILL LIST ALL ITS CONTENTS AND HAVE HOTLINKS TO EACH ELEMENT. WITH OVER 300 SEPARATE COMPONENTS, THIS IS A LABOURIOUS PROCESS AND I ONLY HOPE IT WILL BE READY LATER THIS YEAR.
IN WORKING ON PREPARING THIS CENTRAL DIRECTORY, I NOTICED THIS WEEK THAT SOMEONE HAD DELETED THIS PAGE OF THE 1986 STATEMENT TO GLENN BABB, WHICH WOULD BREAK OFF THE LINKS TO THE REMAINDER OF THIS STATEMENT AND THE TERM OF REFERENCE TO IT.
GIVEN THAT I LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE I DON'T GET PAID FOR MY WORK BUT APPARENTLY IT IS SO IMPOSING UPON MY TIME THAT IT ALLEGEDLY PREVENTED ME FROM LOOKING FOR (OTHER) WORK: JUSTIFYING THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DISENTITLEMENT--I HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHING THIS WEBSITE PARTLY ON MY HOME COMPUTER, UPLOADING TO IT FROM A CYBER CAFE AT $0.20 PER MINUTE A MILE OR SO FROM WHERE I LIVE, AND PARTLY ON PUBLIC LIBRARY COMPUTERS IN THE 2 30-MINUTE PER DAY PERMITTED SESSIONS TO CHECK THAT THE FILES' HTML LANGUAGE IS CORRECT. (YESTERDAY, HOWEVER, I FINALLY ACQUIRED A BROWSER, SO NOW I CAN DO THE HTML CHECKING AT HOME--SO THE PROCESS OUGHT TO SPEED UP.)
I AM ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT SOMEONE MEDDLED WITH THIS WEBSITE. I EXPLAIN HOW I HAVE TO PREPARE THIS WEBSITE (IN LIGHT OF "(MY) PRESENT SITUATION") BECAUSE SOMETIMES TO CUT DOWN ON THE COSTS I PREPARE A MULTI-PAGE ITEM AS ONE FILE, UPLOAD IT TO MY WEBSITE, AND THEN CUT AND PASTE IT INTO INDIVIDUAL PAGES/FILES ON LIBRARY COMPUTERS. IN THE CASE OF THIS PARTICULAR STATEMENT, I REMEMBER VIVIDLY DOING EXACTLY THIS OVER A TWO-DAY PERIOD BECAUSE I HAD TO BREAK IT DOWN INTO SEVEN INDIVIDUAL PARTS AND IT WAS EXASPERATING BECAUSE THE INTERNET TRAFFIC MUST HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY OVER THOSE TWO DAYS. I WOULD CUT THE TEXT OF EACH PAGE FROM THE UPLOADED FILE, OPEN NEW FILES TO PASTE EACH TO, AND HAVE TO WAIT (WITH THE 30-MINUTE TIME LIMIT TICKING AWAY THAT CUTS OFF ACCESS WHEN THE TIME IS UP) WHILE THE COMPUTERS DID THEIR BUSINESS, I HAD TO GO THROUGH THE ROUTINE OF VERIFICATION, CHECKING THE HTML DISPLAY, AND EDITING IF NECESSARY FOR EACH PAGE. WHEN INTERNET TRAFFIC IS BUSY, AS VISITORS TO THE INTERNET KNOW, IT OFTEN SEEMS IT TAKES FOREVER TO DO THE SIMPLEST THINGS. SO CERTAINLY I REMEMBER DOING THESE PAGES BECAUSE THERE WERE PROBLEMS WITH THE HTML THAT REQUIRED EDITING AND I REMEMBER HAVING TO DO BRIEF EDITS, SAVE AND CONTINUE EDITING, AND THEN BACK TO PREVIEW THE DISPLAYS...ALL THE WHILE WONDERING IF THE CUT OFF SOFTWARE WOULD INTERRUPT ONE OF THESE STEPS.
THAT THIS IS RELEVANT TO THIS PAGE IS WHY I'M PUTTING THE FOOTNOTE AT THE TOP HERE.
I NOTE THAT MY FRIEND'S "TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION" HAS RECENTLY BEEN FOCUSING ON P.W. BOTHA AND HIS RECORD AS SOUTH AFRICA'S PRESIDENT. THIS IS WHY, WHEN I FOUND MY E-MAIL TO MY FRIEND LAST YEAR (THAT WAS TO LEAD TO A DEPOSITION TO HIS COMMISSION ABOUT THOSE UNEXPLAINED 1986 ATTACKS ON ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA, AND BOTSWANA [WHICH KILLED INNOCENT PEOPLE] AND WHETHER THEY WERE RELATED TO THOSE TAPPED PHONE CALLS) WAS NOT SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERED BECAUSE THE SOUTH AFRICA HIGH COMMISSION IN OTTAWA DID NOT GIVE ME THE CORRECT ADDRESS--I DIDN'T PRESS THE ISSUE.
MIND YOU, I CHECKED BACK WITH THEM, WAS ASSURED THEY GAVE ME THE ADDRESS THEY WERE GIVEN FROM SOUTH AFRICA, BUT IT WASN'T THE APPROPRIATE ONE.
I FURTHER CONTACTED MY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT HERE IN VANCOUVER, HEDY FRY, A BLACK WOMAN DOCTOR WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF FORMER CANADIAN JUSTICE MINISTER AND PRESENT DAY PRIME MINISTER JEAN CHRETIEN, AND ASKED HER OFFICE IF THEY COULD HAVE THEIR OTTAWA OFFICE CONTACT THE HIGH COMMISSION TO SEE IF THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN THE CORRECT ADDRESS SUBSEQUENTLY.
I WAS AMUSED TO FIND THAT WHERE ON ONE DAY THEY TOLD ME DR. FRY DID NOT HAVE E-MAIL CAPABILITIES IN HER VANCOUVER OFFICE, WHEN I EXPLAINED THAT DESMOND WAS A FRIEND OF MINE AND I HAD SOMETHING TO DRAW TO THE ATTENTION OF HIS "TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION", THE NEXT DAY I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM HER SAYING THAT THE HIGH COMMISSION STILL HAD THE SAME INCORRECT E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR DESMOND.
I LEAVE IT FOR VISITORS TO THIS AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT, ON THIS PARTICULAR PAGE AND THE OTHER FOUR PAGES IN THE STATEMENT AND THE TERM OF REFERENCE ABOUT THOSE ATTACKS ON SOUTH AFRICA'S NEIGHBOURS THAT THE ABSENCE OF THE FIRST WOULD DENY THE LINKS TO, IS SO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS THAT SUCH A STEP HAD TO BE TAKEN.
I MIGHT SUGGEST, IN MAKING THIS DECISION, THAT VISITORS CONSIDER WHETHER THIS ISSUE OF THOSE ATTACKS AND THE KILLING OF INNOCENT PEOPLE WOULD BE RELEVANT TO THE DELIBERATIONS OF THE "TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION"...OR THE CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT, WITH ITS NOW RECENTLY FORMER LEADER WHO BELIEVES IN "AFRICAN NATIONALISM."
MR. MANDELA, A HERO OF MINE, CONTINUES AS A REVERED FIGURE IN HIS "BELOVED COUNTRY" AND THROUGHOUT THE THIRD WORLD. AND, APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT YOU FIND IF YOU TAKE A BRIEF SIDESTEP HERE, I TRUST YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THE CHOICE FOR THE TITLE MADE BY THE NEW YORK TIMES OF THIS ARTICLE ABOUT HIM APPLIES IN "(MY) PRESENT SITUATION" AND OBVIOUSLY THE EXPECTATIONS OF ME IN IT.
I HAVE A FRIEND WHO WEARS A RING THROUGH HIS NOSE, IF NOT HIS TONGUE, SO I'M NOT GOING THERE (IF YOU'VE SEEN THE TV COMMERCIAL ABOUT HACKERS). BUT APPARENTLY IT CAN BE DONE AND HAS BEEN DONE...
Gordon C. Wong,
P.O. Box 1368,
Vancouver V6C 2T2,
June 20, 1986.
I am not addressing this to you on the basis of the two authorities cited by the enclosed correspondence copies due to a certain, present understanding with the Mulroney Government, but you should consider that i continue to receive communications addressed to either or both of them.
I may be criticized for making this submission to you presently. I happen to believe you should be aware of my "International Diplomatic Work...on a direct basis" in and since 1978 that has in part pursued the peaceful dismantling of apartheid--work prepared in conjunction with the Carter Administration, United Nations Secretary-General's Office, Roman Catholic Christian Church, "The Organization of African Unity", (by implication) members of the Commonwealth, and certain other "certain and affected" parties. And due to your role in the recent annual convention of "The Centre for Investigative Journalism"--which i was also drawn into peripherally--and the heightening tensions in your homeland of "concern" to the aforementioned and the international community, i am, regardless of such potential criticism (which would be due to the fact that many of those both of us must consider the opinions of do not even recognize the legitimacy of the present South African government), making the submission to you by registered letter in the "hope" that further losses of human lives can be limited as soon as possible.
Due also to the aforementioned present understanding with the Mulroney Government, this and all future submissions regarding my work dealing with apartheid in part (foremost, i prepared the 1978 work leading to the nuclear arms reduction process) should be considered "open letters" available for public evaluation.
This is a product of the "Centre for Investigative Journalism" "situation" and more recently the unsatisfactorily explained South African attacks on Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana.
If you attended the annual convention because you learned i had been drawn into the controversy (which wouldn't surprise me),* the issue here is to clear up misunderstanding so that the further losses of human lives can be limited and in fact ended.
In no way, as i expressed in my 1978 communications, should this correspondence be regarded as agreement in any manner with the practice of apartheid or any form of racial discrimination.
A primary reason for my decision to write you directly is attachments a), b) and c) to this statement (included in certain, previous submissions to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
I am also providing you with certain document copies so that you understand how i was drawn into the "present situation" and what have been the goals in the work since 1978.
This also may result in criticism of my contacting you presently, but if the attacks on South Africa's neighbours were triggered by misunderstanding of these circumstances, such criticism would be unjustified and condemnation of the practices of the government you represent will rise or fall depending upon your government's response to this submission and its contents.
If you're interested, i can provide you with copies of my correspondence to Archbishop Ted Scott, the Canadian representative on the Commonwealth eminent person committee on apartheid.**
And let it be clearly understood: Bishop Tutu
accepted the document copies willingly with awareness of my
position on sanctions at that time. He is now showing evidence
that he is considering the overall issue in terms of the 1978
work. The goal throughout has been to secure justice for the
South African blacks by peaceful means. A treason charge would
*-IF YOU READ THE TEXT OF MY CHRISTMAS, 1987 STATEMENT TO BABB'S BOSS OF THE TIME, P.W. BOTHA, YOU KNOW THE LINE WAS TAPPED FOR ALL MY CALLS TO THE JOHANNESBURG ARCHDIOCESE IN MARCH-APRIL, 1986
WHEN I ORIGINALLY CALLED DESMOND IN 1978 TO CONFIRM RECEIPT BY HIM OF THE DOCUMENTATION I HAD SENT HIM BY REGISTERED MAIL--BECAUSE THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT CARD HAD NOT BEEN RETURNED TO ME--HE SURPRISED ME BY ANSWERING THE CALL HIMSELF. WE HAD NEVER MET OR SPOKEN TOGETHER BEFORE AND AFTER I EXPLAINED I WAS THEN DOING THE 1978 STAGES OF MY "INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC WORK...ON A DIRECT BASIS" FOR THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION AND UNICEF, HE CONFIRMED RECEIPT OF THE DOCUMENTS, TOLD ME THEY'D JUST ARRIVED AND HE HADN'T HAD TIME TO LOOK THROUGH THEM, AND ASKED ME WHAT THE WORK WAS ABOUT.
I TOLD HIM THAT THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WANTED TO CONDUCT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT TO CUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS LEVELS BECAUSE PRESIDENT CARTER DIDN'T BELIEVE A NUCLEAR WAR WOULD BE SURVIVABLE: AN ALL-OUT NUCLEAR WAR WOULD VERY LIKELY KILL "ALL OF US." WE HAD DECIDED TO ANTICIPATE THE PRESSURES TOWARDS NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AND, WHERE POSSIBLE, HAD DECIDED TO TAKE PRELIMINARY STEPS TO ENCOURAGE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION. WE HAD DETERMINED THAT SOUTH AFRICA WAS A LIKELY SITE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND, AS FIRM OPPONENTS OF ANY FORM OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (RECALL THAT JIMMY CARTER'S CENTRAL FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITY WAS HUMAN RIGHTS AND I AM A PRODUCT OF AN INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE OF CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT CHRISTIAN PARENTS), IT WAS DECIDED TO CONTACT DESMOND ABOUT "INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC WORK...ON A DIRECT BASIS" FOR THE WORLD'S CHILDREN AT THAT TIME.
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL BASIS FOR MY FRIENDSHIP WITH THE 1984 NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE, DESMOND TUTU.
**-I MET TWICE WITH ARCHBISHOP TED SCOTT IN VANCOUVER TO DISCUSS HIS WORK AND MINE AND GAVE HIM SOME DOCUMENT COPIES ABOUT MINE.
I KEEP RECORDS OF MEETINGS. IT WOULD TAKE SOME TIME (I DON'T HAVE PRESENTLY) TO LOOK THROUGH MY DAY CALENDARS TO VERIFY THE SPECIFIC DATES AND MY FILES TO VERIFY WHAT I GAVE HIM BUT IN FUTURE, WHEN IT IS NECESSARY, I WILL CERTAINLY DO SO.
WELL AND GOOD, YOU MAY BE THINKING, THESE BITS OF TRIVIA, BUT WHAT IS THE REAL POINT OF THE FOOTNOTE?
IF THEY TAPPED MY PHONE CALLS WITH DESMOND IN 1986, WHY SHOULDN'T I WONDER IF THEY TAPPED IT WHEN WE TALKED IN 1978?
...AND THIS WOULD SUPPOSE THAT THERE IS SOME DOUBT AS TO WHAT WILL BE SAID WHEN DESMOND, THE ANGLICAN CHRISTIAN MINISTER, THE NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE, AND HEAD OF AN ORGANIZATION CALLED THE "TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION", IS ASKED ABOUT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM OVER THESE PAST 20 YEARS.
I EXPECT HE WILL TELL "ALL OF US" THE TRUTH, JUST AS HE ALWAYS DOES.
DON'T THINK THE WISDOM OF THOMAS JEFFERSON IS PASSÉ YET IN WHAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO FROM YOUR GOVERNMENT? LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD: TAKE A BRIEF SIDESTEP HERE TO SIGN MY GUESTBOOK.
TAKE YOUR NEXT FOOTSTEP HERE.