Natalee Holloway: Aruba; To Boycott or Not To Boycott, that is the Question


Today both sides in the pro and anti boycott Aruba looked to the US State Department for their support in the ongoing events that was once known as the Natalee Holloway investigation and now has become a spirally mess. Alabama Governor, Bob Riley, failed to get State Department approval for the boycott that he called for yesterday to put pressure on those in Aruba to properly investigate the Natalee Holloway disappearance and properly communicate with Natalee’s families.

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, who called for the nationwide boycott of the Caribbean island, began sending letters to other governors asking them to join him, and an Alabama senator asked the State Department to support Riley’s call. But the agency seemed to have no immediate plans to restrict travel to the Dutch territory.

“There is currently no U.S. boycott or travel restrictions on U.S. citizens visiting Aruba — I am unaware of any plans to change that,” said Kurtis Cooper, a State Department spokesman.

Before those in Aruba start celebrating and before the web-site for the Aruban Strategic Communications Task Force begins to get too gleeful a couple of things should be kept in mind. For one that decision was as of today. The other is I think many would be surprised if the United States State Department ever would put travel sanctions on Aruba. However, nothing is out of the realm of possibility and one only knows what was discussed between Condoleezza Rice and Beth Twitty when they met in Alabama a couple weeks back.

That being said I truly hope for Aruba’s sake that they comprehend and understand what the definition and ramifications are of a boycott and stop playing these ridiculous games. If Aruba is defining “boycott” as one being called for by a Federal Government (State Department) in the realm of travel restrictions they are sorely missing the point. The United States of America is comprised of 50 States that can make decisions on whether or not to back a “boycott” of Aruba. Governor Riley indicated the other day that such a boycott that he was calling for was not legally binding and that it was voluntary. I would truly ask the Aruban officials to stop with the games and just see the requests that the family is asking for. A fair investigation and communication with the family. Is that really too much to ask for?

The Freedom of Speech in the United States is extended to how people see fit to spend their hard earned money. Those choices extend to who or what they wish to do with their money, the products they buy, and where they travel on vacation. Aruba, anyone can ask for a boycott. The State Department has no right to stop any such announcement. Initially a radio station in Alabama called for a boycott. The State Legislature in AL passed a boycott resolution over the summer and now the Governor of AL called for one yesterday. Ground support for such actions are generally predicated on the validity of the call to arms and the actions and reactions of those that the boycott is being called against. Everyone has seen how poorly the Natalee Holloway case has been handled. Deputy Chief of Police Dompig has pretty much had to begin the investigation at square one as so many mishaps and mistakes have been made along the way. The Aruban Prime Minister had even admitted that mistakes were made.

For someone who has admitted mistakes were made and promised Beth Twitty and the Holloway and Twitty families that they would continue searching for Natalee Holloway after the three suspects were released from Aruba jail.

The Prime Minister was forthcoming in his statement as he pledged results to the Holloway-Twitty family and assured Arubans that their search for Natalee would not be in vain. “We will continue to demand that the search for answers into what happened to Natalee will not cease.” Prime Minister Oduber

Prime Minister Oduber this is hardly the way to conduct oneself in reaction to a boycott. One might also say this is how one would muster support in opposition against your cause. In a Diario article entitled, Headline reads: Aruba doesn’t complain about Alabama for their 132 missing citizens , PM Oduber holds up a list of missing children and adults from Alabama and some how this is supposed to mean something? Are you serious? This is how the head of a government reacts? No wonder the Holloway and Twitty family have lost all confidence in Aruba to solve the disappearance of their daughter. I had wondered what it would take to actually make Dave Holloway lose his patience; this must be it. This is nothing short of a PR nightmare for Aruba and someone needs to step in quick.

PM Aruba MP

The Prime Minister of Aruba reacted in a press conference that he won’t be asking for Governor Riley to change his Attorney General to investigate the 132 missing persons in Alabama”. Here he showed a document obtained via the Internet, which shows all the persons who have gone missing in Alabama. (translated: Getagrip)


Full translation of the Diario article and the PM’s comments: ‘Aruba Doesn’t Complain About Alabama for their 132 Missing Citizens’


Other than the fact that this is absurd and juvenile behavior by a Countries leader lets just understand some facts that I guess the PM seems to overlook. Aruba is a country of approximately 72,000 citizens. The State of Alabama has approximately 4.5 million people residing in it. Although any missing person whether they be adult or child is one too many lets just get the facts straight. The number of missing people in AL for 2005 is approximately 35 to date and when factored into the total population of the state that equals about 1 per every 128,000. Mr. Prime Minister Aruba is presently at 1 per 72,000. Although this is no way to discuss missing persons because of the fact that each one is so precious to each family; making the comment that you made sir is simply pathetic and offensive.

It is hard to imagine that the response of the PM who claimed they would continue to search for Natalee Holloway would act in this manner. I will remind everyone including the Honorable PM of Aruba that this is about a missing teenage girl who’s investigation has been nothing short of a catastrophe. The family just wanted to be dealt with in a professional, compassionate and respective manner and your answer to a boycott is to reference other unfortunate missing persons and their families? Honestly this is one of the most insensitive and sophomoric comments I have seen in quite some time.

No one wants to boycott Aruba. A family was forced into a last option to bring pressure on an island to do the right thing and do the right thing by Natalee. By the mere reaction one can see the reason why the family felt that they needed to do this. It will be up to individual people to chose for themselves. No one will force Americans to go or not go to Aruba, that is the freedom of choice that exists in America.

Aruba, it is not the State Department or the US Government that you have to fear of a boycott. It is the grass roots movement out there where people themselves provide their own brand of justice to remedy a situation. I can only hope that someone in Aruba with some influence or who comprehends PR talks to your officials.  Aruba, you may consider your tourism sacred, but what everyone is failing to comprehend that those in America consider our children our greatest resource and National treasure.



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  • Comments

    62 Responses to “Natalee Holloway: Aruba; To Boycott or Not To Boycott, that is the Question”

    1. oneyka on November 10th, 2005 12:06 am

      Is this man nuts? Well, what can we expect from ANYONE in that Goverment. What business is it of his how many persons are missing in Alabama? An Alabama citizen is missing in his country, and the family has all the right in the world to find out the truth. He should spend his time finding out what happened to ONE little girl in his Aruba, and not how many are missing in Alabama. It’s none of his damned business!
      Please, Oduber, be real! You are childish and stupid!

    2. Betty on November 10th, 2005 12:49 am

      I thought that the Americans had alot better sense, and not to be so childish and more mature than to call a boycott of Aruba.
      Maybe if the family would have searched other islands instead of digging up the property of Aruba, they would have found Natalie by not.
      I personally will go back to Aruba with a bunch of friends..The Arubans are more kind and friendly than alot of posts that I have read on this sight of Scared Monkeys.
      I really can’t see why there hasn’t been searching of the other islands after all this time! I feel down deep in my heart that Natalie is alive, and can’t see punishing a whole island for something that has happened to this sweet girl, Let alone all the heartbreak that the Twitty’s have had to endure as well as those three young men. When she is found alive, who is going to give these three young men back their reputation that has been trashed. I would say that everyone deserves a chance and is not condemed until proven guilty. Beth Twitty has done her share of mud slinging and now she wants to boycott Aruba..Can’t figure that one out! Natalie, where ever you are..God be with you..come home and end all this mess!

    3. Sue on November 10th, 2005 12:51 am

      Wow good article IMO

    4. Frank on November 10th, 2005 12:57 am


      Beautiful, well said and totally depressingly on the money. Hard to read actually. These people are zombies.

      It’s a scorched earth policy.

      Whatever they are hiding will eventually come out.

    5. 3xangels on November 10th, 2005 1:04 am

      How incredibly disgraceful…hopefully the media will pick up this story about the ‘dis’honorable PM Oduber. It will only add to the outrage and fuel the boycott. Clearly, Aruba thinks that the anguish a family feels for a missing loved one is just a game. SM is right–this is a PR nightmare.


    6. Bluesky on November 10th, 2005 1:14 am

      The one who wrote this article is licking his wounds now….

      There is NO BOYCOTT…

      The Spin stopped right here…

      Bye Bye Alabama….

      Proud Aruban Citizen…

    7. Bluesky on November 10th, 2005 1:26 am

      Talking about Bla Bla Bla Bla Arguments…

    8. Bluesky on November 10th, 2005 1:41 am

      I would really like to have the email of the writer of this article…

      I would like to respond in Details to this Posting… But I think that would be not possible…

      Anyways my email is

    9. Grandma23 on November 10th, 2005 2:49 am

      This man is a coward. pointing fingers at everyone but who did this. Silly foolish man. Gram23

    10. cal on November 10th, 2005 2:54 am

      Excellent article – Yes, there are some whom will still travel there; and others whom will no longer travel there. They were also knocked down to #7 on the list of the safest places to visit, from a #2 spot.

      I do not think anyone in their gov’t will understand the effects and heartaches of losing a child until they loose one of their own. The people of Aruba come from a different mind set and mentality than the rest of the world. They think by spending millions and creating an atmosphere of good will that it’s adequate remorse for the death of a loved one.

    11. LOLA on November 10th, 2005 2:59 am


    12. cal on November 10th, 2005 3:07 am

      FYI – the Bluesky poster here and Junior on the message board are the same person.

      To continue my support for Natalee I will make 100 copies of the letter they sent to the PM of Aruba and mail it to 100 travel agents here in Texas.

    13. Sue on November 10th, 2005 3:07 am

      Blue Sky,
      If there is No Boycott why is Aruba Scrambling like chickens with there heads cut off to stop it instead of just talking to the family??

    14. Jim Hanson on November 10th, 2005 4:02 am

      Oneyka – you stating that the PM of Aruba has no business knowing about 132 missing people in Alabama is exactly the same as me telling you that YOU have no business knowing about any missing people in Aruba …

    15. Frank on November 10th, 2005 4:40 am

      Yes Bluesky,

      curl up and repeat, “take me to the happy place, take me to the happy place”

      Your “pride” is what’s blinding you.

    16. Gabriel Leo on November 10th, 2005 6:21 am

      No change in the investigative team and no change in the comunication!!!!
      When ever Beth comes here to the island things always seem to be going good. Support by the Holloway family and twitty family was and is always optimal. As soon she arrives back in the states she goes on with her attacks and goes against everything she says here on the island and that’s where the problem sits. You can’t smile here on the island with us and then in the US act like we are not doing what’s right. That’s why WIth this boycott everyone here is just saddened and therefor angered. A boycott just made this mess even worse!

    17. Bluesky on November 10th, 2005 6:54 am

      Statement by H.E. Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the Governor of Alabama’s call for a travel boycott to Aruba related to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway

      9 November 2005

      I strongly deplore that the Governor of Alabama has called for a tourism boycott of Aruba in an effort to put pressure on the government of Aruba in the Natalee Holloway case.

      I was reassured by the United States State Department that the action of the Governor of Alabama does not represent the foreign policy of the United States. There is no U.S. government boycott or travel restriction on U.S. citizens visiting Aruba.

      While I understand the ongoing anguish, a boycott of Aruba is not the answer to a legal case which is still under investigation. It is not the appropriate signal to the citizens of Aruba who have been very supportive in the efforts to find Natalee Holloway. This call ignores the fact that the Aruban authorities, actively assisted by the Kingdom, have done their utmost, and will continue to do so, to solve the case.

      I want to reassure the American people that everything is being done to resolve this tragic case. We are standing together in our efforts and our hope.

    18. Carol on November 10th, 2005 6:55 am

      Aruba better come to recognize who they are dealing with. This is the United States of America, the STRONGEST nation under God. You don’t mess with them!!! Great article and well put.

    19. Bluesky on November 10th, 2005 7:06 am

      I think this article is from an amateur. It has too much Hard Feelings toward Aruba. It is not an objective article. The writer is trying to soften the reality that the State Dept has not supported the Alabama Boycott.

      That’s why I would like to know who wrote it. I would like answer and Debunk every single Lie and / or Spin in this Article….


    20. Bootch on November 10th, 2005 7:23 am

      The PM has a point actually, why is Natalee more important all of the sudden than the 100+ Alabama citizens that have been gone missing for god knows how many years.
      And know another ((edit)) wants to boycot the island (again). I cant see the point and/or usefulness of a boycot, however, fine i say, keep your hypocrit *** off the island! Besides, Americans dont stop coming. December is high season on Aruba, hotels will again be packed with Americans, just like previous years and years to come :P

    21. murphy on November 10th, 2005 8:26 am

      Let aruba boycott Alabama and USA boycott aruba,seems ok to me.

    22. sunny71 on November 10th, 2005 8:30 am

      get your facts straight: Aruba has 100.000 plus citizens
      I do agree that Oduber’s comments are ridiculous, but the point is that calling for a boycott is also ridiculous. People go missing every day and some of them stay missing. It happens, I’m sorry. Don’t punish an entire island economy for something like that. Besides, Aruba has spent millions on this investigation and in placating the Holloways and the Twittys. The investigation might have been botched. Well, sorry, should have done a better job, but a boycot ain’t gonna bring Natalee back
      This thing might backfire in Beth’s direction

    23. vicki on November 10th, 2005 8:47 am

      This is exactly why Sue and Blue that your little island is going down because of insensitive people like you. GOD DOES NOT LIKE UGLY, HE’S GONNA MAKE YOU PAY….

    24. Richard on November 10th, 2005 8:57 am

      Don’t you get the impression that the Aruban letter (“don’t blame us, talk to Holland”) and now this nonsense are aimed at their own citizens? In other words, they knew that Beth wasn’t going to give in and go away. And they’re not going to end their cover-up. So their new strategy is to tell their own citizens that the U.S. is on some campaign against their country.

      I guess they must really be fearful of what will happen to them once the ordinary people of Aruba wake up and start demanding answers.

      Meanwhile, this is to anyone who agrees with me that a boycott of Aruba is a moral imperative: please write to the American Society of Travel Agents, 1101 King St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314 and urge that organization to recommend that its member agents discourage travel to Aruba.

      The president and chief executive is Kathryn W. Sudeikis.

      Travel agents cannot and should not forbid someone to go somewhere. But they can advise strongly against it, and remind people of the call for a boycott.

      Travel agents do have the obligation, I think, to consider the safety of their clients. And in light of what has gone on in Aruba, it is simply a moral argument to refuse to give them your dollars.

      Is it too much of a sacrifice, given what the Holloway Twitty family have gone through in their search for Natalee, for people to opt for a non-Aruba beach?

    25. John Staton on November 10th, 2005 9:07 am

      No Aruban citizen, BY BY US visitors their money and daughters. We see what ((edit)) that you are.

    26. Joe on November 10th, 2005 9:37 am

      Hey Bluesky – It seems that you and your fellow Arubans have conveniently forgotten about the sacrifices made by Allied soldiers (mostly Americans) to liberate Holland from Nazi tyranny during World War 2. You must be an ungrateful lot.

      It will be interesting to see how proud you (and your fellow Arubans) are when the tourist dollars begin to dry up.

    27. A Father on November 10th, 2005 9:44 am

      Hello, as a father I cannot even begin to understand those who say “don’t worry” or “It’s not our problem.” As a father I cannot begin to feel the pain a mother is going thru at this time because I’m a father and a father is supposed to be strong. But as a father I was the first to hold my precious daughter to my chest and let her first hear my heart before she heard a word in the world and BTW, those first words were “I Love You.” As a father there are many things I cannot feel or properly empathize with, but LOVE is not one of them.

      Both of my daughters are grown now and one will soon be married, and the grey hairs of time, experience, and ha wisdom have adorned my head, BUT, As A Father there is not a single thing I wouldn’t do for my children. And that means ANYTHING.

      So In Closing, I think the Aruban Government might think twice before making wistful comments of the situation. They need not make light of a an already seemingly hopeless predicament. They need to think first then act, there are millions watching. Many of them fathers…

      As A Father

    28. vicki on November 10th, 2005 10:15 am

      Here is the phone number to the Dutch Ambassador in Washington DC..202-244-5300 and tell him we dont like what is going on in Aruba and we will not stand for it…

    29. Gary on November 10th, 2005 10:27 am

      How absurd! American cops screw up investigations ALL THE TIME, yet I’ve never seen a governor stooping this low to curry favor. If Natalee disappeared in Virginia after being seen leaving a bar with three local men and the parents didn’t think the police were working hard enough to catch the culprit, would people be demanding that the governor of Alabama devote all his personal time searching for the lost kid? Would Virginians be so childish as to boycott Virginia?

      Every now and then I’m reminded of how lucky I am not to be from the South…

    30. NewsJunkie on November 10th, 2005 10:35 am

      Oh Bluesky, you are just as sad as the leaders of your country..
      you just don’t get it….
      But by all means – keep talking about it….and keep posting stupid comments… it only digs your whole deeper.
      Let’s see how your island’s tourism is in about 3-6 months…. boycott or not.

    31. Supergrover on November 10th, 2005 10:46 am

      What the man is saying, is that there is an enormous focus on ONE missing girl abroad. Why is that? What makes Natalie so special; more special than the other 132 missing poaple in the state of Alabama. He’s got a point.
      And besides, what do you mean with “to do the right thing”. Could you be perhaps more specific? So far, search actions were undertaken by locals, policemen, dogteams, marines, FBI, a specialist team from Texas, F16-reconnaissance fighters, navy vessels. Tell me!

    32. kimi1230 on November 10th, 2005 10:48 am

      Bluesky….there is no spin….several states have already agreed to ask their citizens to not travel to Aruba. You should be ashamed of your little island and you better stock up on supplies while your little island still has some money. Tourists will not visit a “little island” where they take their life into their hands the moment they step off of the plane AND run the risk of their loved ones never knowing what happened to them when something does happen to them!

      You are one corrupt country….You should fear for yourself also!

    33. Blue Sky on November 10th, 2005 10:48 am

      Statement by H.E. Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the Governor of Alabama’s call for a travel boycott to Aruba related to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway

      9 November 2005

      I strongly deplore that the Governor of Alabama has called for a tourism boycott of Aruba in an effort to put pressure on the government of Aruba in the Natalee Holloway case.

      I was reassured by the United States State Department that the action of the Governor of Alabama does not represent the foreign policy of the United States. There is no U.S. government boycott or travel restriction on U.S. citizens visiting Aruba.

      While I understand the ongoing anguish, a boycott of Aruba is not the answer to a legal case which is still under investigation. It is not the appropriate signal to the citizens of Aruba who have been very supportive in the efforts to find Natalee Holloway. This call ignores the fact that the Aruban authorities, actively assisted by the Kingdom, have done their utmost, and will continue to do so, to solve the case.

      I want to reassure the American people that everything is being done to resolve this tragic case. We are standing together in our efforts and our hope.

      Arubans will not be blackmailed by the Twitty’s.

    34. kimi1230 on November 10th, 2005 10:50 am

      Also…. I am sure the world will find it interesting that the FBI is already involved in the search in Brazil for the missing American exchange student….


    35. Anna on November 10th, 2005 10:53 am

      1 young woman goes missing and the world is supposed to stop? PLEASE! IF that was done to the US by those that have had loved ones disappear we’d be toast. I’ll continue to visit Aruba. People need to remember something…when you travel out of the US our LAWS DO NOT go with you. If you don’t like the laws of another country, then stay away. No one dares say that Natalie made a foolish mistake ( because she’s assumed to be perfect) by leaving with people she did not know and leaving her friends…..unfortunatley it had a high cost. To punish all Arubans is just stupid. Also, think ..if these boys had been arrested in the US they would have been out on the streets in 72 hours since we have NO LAW that allows you to hold someone for 3 months because we think you may have done something. I have travelled worldwide since my teens and always had better sense than to leave my friends or ever go off with people I did not know and my friends would have never left me!

    36. Bill on November 10th, 2005 11:04 am

      One big question for the Moronic PM of Aruba….


      I can bet if there were ANY, his butt would be singing a different tune.

    37. John Staton on November 10th, 2005 11:14 am

      It comes to mind that the Aruban officials fairly represent the Aruban public. Blogs from Aruba show an arrogant generally uneducated and stupid populace. What these people need to understand:
      1. Where will your North American customers come from? West Coast, you are in direct competition with Hawaii and the Mexican West Coast resorts. East Coast you are in direct competition with The Bahamas, PR and US VI. Midwest from Texas North to Minnesota and Indiana South to Alabama is your prime area of potential new customers. These people now see you as somewhere below Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Your insulting attitude toward you future customers may feel good at this moment but your future is very dark.
      2. People in the demographic of your potential new customers do not want to go to the Gang Rape capital of the Americas. They generally do not support drug traffic and money laundry which is where your Masters get their money.
      3. To continue to insult these people is not in your best interest. The customer is right and you are wrong.

    38. Supergrover on November 10th, 2005 11:17 am

      And I must say I have seen more stunning speeches by statesmen. I can remember a Secretary of Foreign Affairs talking in the UN Security Counsil (live) about mobile chemical plants in Iraq, knowing it was all bogus. I can also remember a chimp talking about Iraqi agents trying to sell plutonium, during the State of Union. But that was bogus as well.
      Is that more statesman-like?

    39. 10061909 on November 10th, 2005 11:32 am

      Why do you {{{edit}}} read more into something and then want to prove you know the letter of the law better then anyone else. Beth did not ask the State Department for a boycott which would be for all goods and services: Cuba as an example. By the way its was not for the Sugar Cane but to make sure our Sugar Beet farmers were taken care of was part of the reason for that boycott. The white sugar at the grocery stores is from Sugar Beets not Sugar Cane: read the package.
      Beth’s was a request to the tourist industry asking for a voluntary boycott of Aruba. That request has now hit our Northern US newspapers.
      And the other {{{edit}}} sticking up for the Dutch. Why did you use ALLIE and say the US needs Holland and the Dutch?
      Read what our State Department says about drug trafficking, rave clubs and drug manufacturing in Holland, the Caribbean and especially Aruba. Further more the Dutch never repaid any funds borrowed from the Second World War and for that matter neither have the French.

      When gold was found in Aruba the Dutch permitted the natives to retain whatever meager amount of gold they found. When the Dutch realized how big the vein was the Dutch nationalized the mines and exported 3 million pounds of gold back to the Netherlands. That gold is worth about 11.8 billion dollars in Today’s market. The native Arubans got squat. By the way, look up the meaning of Nether as in Netherworld.
      And to the other idiot. The casinos are owned by big business, the Dutch and interlaced with drug dealers.
      Pay attention here people: The mission is to find and return Natalee, dead or alive and my opinion is whatever it takes, do it.
      PS Do not let Papa Van der Sloot off the hook tomorrow. He was at the rave club and knows Natalee’s final resting place.

    40. gogo on November 10th, 2005 11:43 am

      People of Aruba, please do not take the actions of a redneck state like Alabama to represnt the total of Ameriva. I would call for a boycott of Alabama but nobody wants to go there anyway. They are some of the most backwards people in this country as attested to by the low ranking they have in education. Too bad but they never recovered from the civil war. They have kept such awefull concepts as slavery and racsism alive for all those years. The people of Alabama should look into where all the missing registered sex offenders are that they cannot find and clean-up their own state before attacking Aruba.

      The Twitty-Holloway family are a discrace to this country, your true ugly American. And that Governor is just unbelieveable, a true throwback to old world deep south politics. Please accept an appology from a Texan and know that not all of this country are idiots like the people of Alabama.

    41. sherrie on November 10th, 2005 11:56 am

      If the ((edit)) Aruban government is going to start displaying missing children in Alabama then they should also be prepared to discuss how each and every one of those cases were handled by the Alabama authorities and get the reaction of each and every family as to how professional they felt their case was handled. What is it that they don’t get about this situation. IT IS THE WAY THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN HANDLED!!!! If this crime had been investigated correctly and with integrity and then Natalie still could not be found I am sure that the families involved would still be distraught but they would at least be able to say the Aruban government did everything they could and exhausted all resources to find their daughter. That is what the family wants NOW. IT is so simple. GIVE THEM A REAL AND HONEST INVESTIGATION INTO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THEIR CHILD!!!!!! I suppose the word integrity is lost on these idiot officials.

    42. Dee on November 10th, 2005 11:59 am

      “The one who wrote this article is licking his wounds now….

      There is NO BOYCOTT…

      The Spin stopped right here…

      Bye Bye Alabama….

      Proud Aruban Citizen… ”

      Really, is that why yesterday 2 Senior classes informely voted not to go to Aruba on their graduation trips, or why a non-profit organization consisting of 2000 members resolved not to visit Aruba. Is that why another non profit organization with 15000 members is discusing that very topic this week?

    43. rafael on November 10th, 2005 12:08 pm

      it is obvious that you have the same low level intelligence as many of the investigators as well as your prime minister. Aruba does have intelligent citizens on its island. For things to change drastically for the better, Aruba will have to rely on the intelligent ones. You my friend are not one of them. You sign off as a “Proud Aruban Citizen”. If you truly were a proud aruban citizen, you would be offended in the manner in which the investigators and your PM have conducted themselves. They are ambassadors of your country and your people are judged by their conduct. Understand this, when YOU write a few lines in a blog, and sign it “a proud aruban citizen” YOU open up the forum to judge arubans based on what you write. There is no basis to what you write. You side with your people no matter what they say. That to me shows a low level of intelligence, and I know not all arubans feel that way. I have been there twice and I have met many nice and intelligent people. Think before you write. Oh by the way, I won’t go back…………..

    44. 10061909 on November 10th, 2005 12:19 pm

      Give me five minutes with that lying {{edit}} prime minister. What a poor excuse for a human being. He brings new meaning to why parents should have practiced birth control. If that lying ((edit))… would have spent only 10% of the time looking for Natalee as he spends obfuscating the Natalee issue, this case would have been solved and closed by June 5th. Which secondary payroll are you on? Who pulls your strings? How do you sleep at night and come to peace with yourself? I’m glad that unlike you I don’t have a ((edit ..)). Do you also go to the Lion’s Den to get your rocks off?

    45. Gary on November 10th, 2005 12:27 pm

      The State Legislature did not vote for a boycott. One house did. That’s the legislative equivalent of one hand clapping.

      Until Riley lifts his boycott, I’m boycotting Alabama. Shouldn’t be hard.

    46. Minnesota Dad on November 10th, 2005 12:55 pm

      This is pathetic.

      Let’s see….the government actively covers-up the disappearance of an Alabama citizen. An Alabama Governor protests the cover-up and declares a boycott until the Aruban government comes clean.

      Aruban government states they aren’t protesting the 132 missing people in Alabama.

      Ummmm…..did anyone ever tell Odubar that those 132 are not missing due to a Government cover-up?

      From day one the Aruban government has done their best to “make this go away”. Now, they are bowing to the level of deflecting the fact that they have covered up and screwed up this case against the three amigos so badly that their only defense is to say, “We aren’t boycotting Alabama over the 132 missing folks there.”

      Stop the Cover-Up Aruba. Boycott Aruba!

      This is getting really, really sick. md

    47. Leo D. on November 10th, 2005 1:24 pm

      Beth and Natalee Holloway

      The reasons to boycott Aruba. The ABC team of Aruba;arrogant, bumbling, and corrupt. (1) From the very beginning, the chaperon that stayed behind to find Natalee was given the runaround and no assistance. (2) Beth was the one to rundown the suspects, not the ABC team. (3) The team would not search Deepak’s car or PVDS’s home because they said “no”. (4) statements taken were altered and in front of Beth and Jug Natalee was called a whore,’they used the Spanish word.’ (5) Dave Holloway was also disrespected when asked how much money he had and told that his daughter was shacking up and would turn up at the bar. (6) The next day Poppa Paul and suspects held a meeting with family and lawyers and were advised “No body, no case” how could he have been so certain? (7) The suspects conspired to come up with a false statement and pointed the finger at two black security guards and when found out they changed stories many times. They say she was left at the beech and was fine! Why then did they make up a story if they did not know anything had happened to the girl? (8) when finally arrested, only because of the media coverage, they failed to follow up on statements, such as when Juran said that he thought Deepak murdered Natalee and buried the body. Why didn’t they follow up with at least basic questions like “Where?” (9) All evidence was either altered, ignored, suppressed, or tampered with. The blood in the car, the body parts found, the belt, the statements by school friends that before this happened, Joran bragged about drugging and seducing girls, especially American tourist. What happened to the girls that came forward? On and on. (10) There is so much more but I do not intend to write a book. Lets skip to recent events. DomPig started appearing on the media shows in a public relations campaign making such statements like, “We can’t wait to get a hold of these tapes, if they are authentic we could rearrest the suspects that I am sure that are in some way responsible for the disappearances of Natalee.” He now says after the tapes have been sitting in Holland for three weeks that there is no priority in getting the tapes. Also, he expressed an eagerness to talk with Beth. When she went to Aruba neither He or the prosecutor would meet the grieving mother. Recently Dave asked Dompig to question a friend of the suspects with a boat. He did not but the boy’s father was called in! What for? To warn the suspect? Enough of the BS already. The reason to boycott Aruba is that it is the right thing to do!! They perpetrated a cover up, brutalized a grieving mother, and will never attempt to find the answers unless they are replaced under pressure. BOYCOTT ARUBA NOW

    48. paul on November 10th, 2005 1:24 pm

      Whel if someone can answer this. Is it necesary that a 100.000 people AND NOT 72.000 (get your facts straight) must suffer who have nothing to do with the investigation isn’t that very selfish, I guess the US don’t care for that do they???????

    49. 10061909 on November 10th, 2005 1:32 pm

      And another thing. I am like Joe a Sicilian, and this PM really got my blood pressure up. How come he has so much time and resources available to do research on something that is not an issue for him in Aruba. I don’t think we said an Aruban was missing in Alabama. I think it read An Alabaman is missing in Aruba. But then Arubans would not go to Alabama. There are no Rave clubs there and unlike in Aruba XTC is against the law in Alabama. There are no Dutch drug factories in Alabama. Van der Straaten does not live there. Paulus Van der Sloot does not live there. I would like to read in the headlines PM Oduber was found in the Hallway of Mountain Brook High School. Some one gave him a wedgey and he died from the XTC. He is a disgrace. But then look what he is and its is expected of him.

      I am beginning to wonder if any place in the Southern Hemisphere is safe for American girls. Lets hope that Mykensie Martin in Brazil does not have the same type of searchers looking for her as Natalee Holloway had.

    50. alvis on November 10th, 2005 1:35 pm

      Bluesky are you really so totally naive that you don’t see what they are telling you. We do not need the federal goverment to formally declare a boycott. Each state can ask its citizens to participate on our own. And I can assure you that we will.

    51. D. Nichols on November 10th, 2005 1:46 pm

      I am surprised at the Prime Minister of Aruba, and his need to discuss the missing of Alabama when this is about NATALEE HOLLOWAY…this is not a time for defensiveness or game playing.

      All of this makes me more inclined to believe a cover up within the police department … People who are professional and have nothing to hide do not react in such a way.

    52. Freebrid on November 10th, 2005 1:54 pm

      The reason Aruba doesn’t complain about anyone who is missing in Alabama is because none of them belong to them. If one of these missing persons he is showing on this list was his child he would be doing what ever it takes to find them just like the Holloway’s and Twitty’s are doing. I live in Alabama but I don’t think a boycott is the answer. I do think that it is the fault of Dennis Jacobs because in the beginning he did not take Dave seriously. Then the 3 pimps lied and delay the investigation even longer, then it seems anytime anyone had information after speaking with the police their minds was changed, and any evidence was always dismissed or missing, and statements were not correct or changed, then a bone that was discovered was never put into evidence no one knows where it is, Dave & Tim Miller found something on the floor of the ocean but Dompig wouldn’t return their call to get permission to recover what they had found, so I don’t think boycotting would be the correct anwser because part of the people who caused these problems from the beginning are not even on the Island anymore. Why the people of Aruba are not pissed at Joran, Paulus, and K2 brothers for everything they have caused because of lies I do not know. I want to thank the people of Aruba who have helped search for Natalee and tried to find information and you know who you are but there are also people I don’t want any part of for with holding information that could help find Natalee or just gave closier to Dave & Beth. I know there are good people in Aruba so Boycotting is not the anwser.

    53. Page on November 10th, 2005 2:06 pm

      Is this guy for real?? Is that all the PM of Aruba has to say???? What about the Natalee Holloway investigation being such a mess and too big of an investigation for their island to handle? That government and Police have to realize they better do what the Holloway-Twitty wants and let the FBI have all the raw material of the investigation!!! This is only going to get worse!! How dare the PM have such a horrible response. What about finding out what happened to Natalee?? Obviosly he only cares about Aruba’s horrible reputation and doesnt realize that only makes Aruba government look even worse than they already do. I will not go to Aruba with that kind of law governing it!

    54. UScit on November 10th, 2005 2:14 pm

      Well, this American will be part of the ‘boycott’ the prev poster says doesn’t exist. And I figure you can times me by millions – hence, it doesn’t matter if the gov’t proclaims it – that’s the beauty of freedom of choice. Millions of Americans will be CHOOSING to take their money (and FAMILY) elsewhere. So you can just keep telling yourself ‘No Boycott’, ‘No Boycott” if it makes you feel better.

    55. Tazman on November 10th, 2005 2:38 pm

      I am sure as in all statements made by politicians, time will tell what the end result will be for Gov. Riley’s request for boycott. However, if the Aruban PM, government and police had dealt with this case from day one as professionals, and honest people to defend the innocent victim instead of the little rich boy of one of their “judges to be” and his sidekicks, no one would be talking about a boycott.

      This has always been about one thing. Not the amount of people missing in Alabama. Not the American companies working in Aruba. It has always been about one American girl by the name of Natalee Holloway that did not make her flight home with her friends. She was a “tourist”. It has always been about the fact that Natalee was last seen with the 3 perverts and she was under the impression that they were dropping her off at her hotel (according to her friends). What those 3 perverts did with her and where she is, is the job of the Aruban PM, the Aruban government and police to find out. They have been pointing fingers at everyone else, blaming everyone else and even have the nerve to want to know where and how much money Beth has to continue with the investigation ?? Thank God Beth has the money! If she didn’t, this case would have been swept under the carpet by the Aruban PM, the Aruban government and the Aruban police within the first days of Natalee’s disappearance.


      Maybe the State Department should just put a “tourist caution” statement for Aruba. That will get the message across.

    56. commonsense on November 10th, 2005 4:12 pm

      Let me get this right – we want to boycott Aruba so they will do a “better job” in trying to find Natalee. Well then…
      Let’s boycott Texas Equisearch for not doing a better job in finding Natalee also. See the stupidity in the reason for the boycott?

    57. Marci on November 10th, 2005 5:52 pm

      Let us not forget that the Holloway/Twitty family are in mourning. They didn’t ask to have their daughter kidnapped/killed. They are doing the best they can under the circumstances. THEY WANT THEIR DAUGHTER BACK. Apparently Oduber doesn’t have a daughter or anyone that he loves. He must be incapble of loving. I don’t believe a boycott will force the Aruban authorities to be more competent, however it brings attention to their incompetence. Travelers will be thinking of where they want to spend their money, and whether they would feel safe in Aruba.

    58. me on November 10th, 2005 5:54 pm

      No, commonsense, not the same thing. Texas Equisearch did everything they could to find Natalee. The Aruba officials covered-up and failed to investigate seriously. and actually got in the way of the search that Texas Equisearch was doing…BIG difference! commonsense, ha!

    59. SCOTT on November 10th, 2005 6:09 pm

      commonsense, Let me get this right – we want to boycott Aruba so they will do a “better job” in trying to find Natalee. Well then…

      sure texas equisearch could do better job searching for natalie, but if they can’t get the chief dompig to call or write a small letter to the fbi for more equipment, so tells you right there they are trying to cover up this case.

    60. Jake on November 10th, 2005 6:09 pm

      It is not entirely about missing persons, it’s about not looking for them, not caring that they are missing, not putting forth every effort to find them, not helping families find them. The missing in Alabama have a website with their pictures on them, authorities are still looking for them, and still care that they are missing. Aruba did not put forth the effort or a caring attitude until they were in the spotlight, that’s not how it is suppose to unfold when someone goes missing. The first few days are so crucial and each case should be handled with care and investigation. Instead of saying have a beer, relax, they should have recognized that this is a seperate case and each case is different, and should have put forth effort and care to the family. I read on a monkey post that one of the signs a protestor was carrying around said ‘Natalee is dancing in Brazil” was she not about to go off to college into a life where she could party anytime she wanted to? This case and the family and the missing deserves the proper attention and if it doesn’t happen then it should be known to everyone that Aruba is a place where if you go there there is a possibility of you not coming back and noone will help you.

    61. Johnny Caia on February 17th, 2008 12:25 pm

      As a father of a young girl, I will not only boycott. I will tell all my friends to boycott. I ask everone to post on your myspace, facebook, and emails, “Justice for Natalie, Boycott Aruba!”

    62. A WOMEN WITH KIDS on April 19th, 2009 8:14 pm


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