Natalee Holloway: Aruba Response to the boycott of Aruba


Yesterday Governor Bob Riley of Alabama called for a boycott of Aruba and today the Aruban reaction begins to come out. A boycott called for due to the lack of cooperation and communication by the family with Aruban investigators and prosecutors. responds to the announced boycott with the following article, Alabama Governor Makes Wrong Call On Boycott. I would tend to say the Aruban reaction may be even worse.

It was meant to be high drama. The call for a boycott of travel to Aruba by Alabama Governor Riley turned into farce.

The Governor agreed with Beth Twitty that the prosecutor had failed in their investigation and that the family was not being told what they knew.

A farce? With all due respects folks, have you taken a good look at the investigation in to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway? One might say the investigation has been a farce. Two black security guards arrested while the last three known people were free to walk about Aruba for the first ten day. A complete search of the Vand der Sloot property never performed even when both Joran and Paulus Van der Sloot were considered suspects at the time and both in jail. This while Aruban authorities had no problem doing complete searches of both security guards homes. Ten days go by and evidence lost or might have been destroyed in the search of Joran Van der Sloots apartment and the Kalpoe’s residence and property. In a Aruban legal system that differs greatly from that what most Americans are accustomed to granted there is much confusion. However, in Aruba there is the ability to arrest first and ask questions later that differs greatly from the American system. Which makes it all the more curious to everyone how the last three people to ever be seen with Natalee Holloway and who lied initially as to what happened that fateful evening were allowed to walk the streets of Aruba free. And you throw the word farce out?

Please read what has to say regarding the boycott and their opinion how

A boycott will diminish the families’ influence on Aruba’s citizens who have done everything to help. It will harden the outlook of investigators, who are weary of being told they are incompetent. And it will generate anger among business interests that have supported and called for a transparent investigation from the start.

Let us not forget that it was that ran a post, Dave Holloway Says No Boycott and Task Force Finds Volunteers For New Search, praising Dave Holloway for his stance against any boycott when Dr. Phil originally referenced one.

Natalee Holloway’s father was very clear in the interview that he does not agree with Dr. Phil McGraw’s call for Americans to boycott Aruba.

“I can speak for myself. I have family and friends who have regular jobs and I don’t see why a 100 thousand people should be penalized for the actions of possibly three or more individuals who are not even from this island.”

Dave Holloway has been praised by all in America and Aruba, even by those who have tended to disagree with Beth Twitty. No one including Aruban officials, government, ALE, prosecutors or even the web site for the Strategic Communications Task Force has ever had a bad word to say about Dave Holloway or his conduct.

Does it ever dawn on any of you, especially those in Aruba, how a self proscribed “man of patience” managed to lose his and sign a 5 page letter to the Aruban Attorney General calling for new investigators and prosecutors? Why would anyone think Dave Holloway changed his mind and now supports the calling of a boycott of Aruba as directed by Alabama Governor Riley?

“I do not have a formal response available at this time, but I will support the decisions of elected officials and therefore support what the Alabama government has decided to do,” Holloway said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening. “The Aruban people elected their officials to make decisions in the best interests of their people, and we have done the same. The Alabama governor made a decision on Natalee’s behalf, so I will support that position.”

Even men of patience lose their patience when pushed to the limit. Maybe Aruba, its officials, government and its people should look to the reason why Dave Holloway (a man all respected) has changed his mind and felt no other alternative? Stop blaming other people and take a good look at an investigation and lack of cooperation that Dave Holloway had to deal with the last time he was in Aruba. An investigation that both Dompig and Aruban PM Nelson Oduber admitted mistakes were made.

Explain the reason why a patient man like Dave changed his mind when all he wants is to find his daughter and has been pushed to the brink and Aruba you will find the answers as to where the problems really lie. Instead the answer is to do something to the contrary.

“Aruba will fight this with the only real arsenal they have, the good will of travelers who have come here and continue to because, it is, still a safe and secure place to find refuge and relax.

Aruba may want to look at the Amigo article, Aruba asks the Netherlands for help.

The biggest concern is the fact that 27 percent consider Aruba to be an unsafe place to go to. Aruba has dropped from the second to the seventh place on the list of safe vacation destinations and is now almost at the same level as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

The response from Aruba to the boycott hardly seems like the way to preventing one from happening. The fact that one had to be called is unfortunate. It does not have to occur if cooler minds prevail in Aruba. Having communication and cooperation in an investigation hardly seems like asking a lot when it comes to the disappearance of a daughter.

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  • Comments

    39 Responses to “Natalee Holloway: Aruba Response to the boycott of Aruba”

    1. R. Decker on November 9th, 2005 4:28 pm

      Posted from Aruba get a grip- They plan on asking President Bush for his opinion on this boycott & want him to intervene .

    2. Bluesky on November 9th, 2005 4:29 pm

      I do Agree with

      Now this:

      The Boycott issued by the Alabama Gov’t is illegal and goes against the Foreign Policy of the State Department of the USA regarding the Kingdom of the Netherlands…

      Only the State Department can issue an Economical Boycott. No Governor can do that.

      The USA has Economical Boycotts against Iran, Iraq, North-Korea, Cuba….

      Aruba is a democratic State which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

      THe Kingdom of the Netherlands is an important strategic ally of the USA.

      The Netherlands did have military in IRAQ and has still military in Afghanistan.

      Also The Netherlands has its military presence in the Caribbean. Geo-Politically the USA and The Netherlands have a good cooperation. Natalee Holloway won’t change this.

      In the mean time the investigation is continuing…The Authorities are investigating every lead…This investigation will never be done in public or in the Media….

      The Family should have patience…

      That’s a virtue they don’t seem to have….

    3. vicki on November 9th, 2005 4:40 pm

      Come on Aruba… THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!!!

    4. rafael on November 9th, 2005 5:12 pm

      while I understand your position in terms of innocent people being affected, your article is off base. Your comments should not be directed at the Holloway family. Instead your article should be directed at your own countries officials. Ask they why they are not providing better communication with the family. Ask them to answer why they did not search the home of Jorans father. Ask them why they have not re-arrested the scumbags for at least rape which was non consensual sex. Ask them why Dompig did not return emails or phonecalls to Dave so that the FBI could lend them equipment to continue the search. Do not play the victim Aruba, your people should be OUTRAGED. But not at Beth a mother who wants her daughter found. Your outrage should be directed at the investigation team that screwed up so badly that they lit a fire under an entire country to a point that elected officials had to call for a boycott. I still believe wholeheartedly that this coverup went beyond Jorans father and a lot of special favors where made to attempt to make this go away. PRAISE TO THE HOLLOWAY FAMILY FOR NOT ALLOWING IT TO GO AWAY. ARUBA, don’t be angry with the US or the Holloway family. Wait to see if Holland fixes this mess. Direct your anger there. Or innocent families and businesses will suffer. ARUBA YOU AND THE HOLLOWAY FAMILY ARE IN THE SAME BOAT. YOU ARE BOTH VICTIMS OF A CORRUPT SYSTEM.

    5. TJ on November 9th, 2005 5:26 pm

      Aruba just doesn’t get it do they?

    6. me on November 9th, 2005 5:27 pm

      How sad that it had to come to this, but I totally support the boycott 100%. The officials in charge know how to stop the boycott, and if they would just do the right thing, it wouldn’t have to happen. They are the ones that are hurting the innocent people of Aruba!

    7. John Staton on November 9th, 2005 5:30 pm

      To threaten to do an even worse job of this investigation, like destroying even more evidence (body etc) than you have already done does not make your case any better Aruba. Why don’t you just take out space in major North American newspapers travel sections advising NOT TO COME!

    8. Jack R. Criswell on November 9th, 2005 5:35 pm

      Sometime ago, someone published the mailing address of the police and government official in Aruba to whom one can write letters. I lost the addresses. Could someone publish it again?

      Also, the cruise lines that service that island should be boycotted.

    9. Melissa Johnsen on November 9th, 2005 5:56 pm

      Safe? Last week you had two murders in Aruba (source: Diario). To refresh your memory, one woman murdered and one 20 year old male fatally shot in the head.

      The protest of approximately 400 people against Beth Twitty last week was not very nice as shown on local ATV with a sign reading: Natalee is Dancing in Brazil. Nothing is more frightening than a group of people smiling in your face and only God knows what is going on inside.

    10. Sue on November 9th, 2005 6:31 pm

      Wednesday, November 09, 2005
      US State Dept Says “No Gov’t Boycott On Aruba”
      U.S. State Department
      Press Guidance
      Tuesday, November 08, 2005

      ARUBA: Natalee Holloway Update / Alabama Governor’s Comments

      The Department continues to engage Aruban authorities and provide all possible assistance to family members and local authorities in the case of missing American citizen Natalee Holloway.

      We look to the Government of Aruba to continue to take all possible measures to resolve the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

      The U.S. Consulate in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles will continue to monitor this case closely. The State Department will continue to support the Holloway/Twitty family and is prepared to have a consular officer available in Aruba on short notice.

      Our Embassy in The Hague has been in touch with the Government of the Netherlands, which is also providing assistance in this investigation. Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dutch Supreme Court is also the last court of appeal for Aruba.

      I refer you to the Dutch Government for details on its cooperation.

      If asked about Governor Riley’s comments on travel to Aruba:

      While we respect the right of this elected state government executive to make such a call for a travel boycott, his statement does not represent the foreign policy of the United States. There is currently no U.S. government boycott or travel restriction on U.S. citizens visiting Aruba.

      Americans looking for information about travel to Aruba should consult our website at and the consular information sheet for Aruba.


      On November 8, Alabama Governor Bob Riley called for a travel boycott of Aruba until authorities on the island cooperate more fully with the family of Natalee Holloway. Despite assistance by the FBI and Dutch officials, investigators in Aruba have been unable to develop forensic evidence against the three suspects that would stand up in a court of law. U.S. law enforcement officials do not have recommendations for further GOA action on the case other than to turn it over to cold case investigators.
      posted by Strategic Communications Task Force at 3:46 PM

    11. Frank on November 9th, 2005 6:37 pm

      The farce will get even more pronounced when Paulus is released legally as a suspect. If he isn’t a suspect who is? I mean both Janssen and Dompig claim he is a suspect.

      If his request is denied, how is it possible that on one hand the courts will maintain he is a suspect and still refuse to allow his house to be searched?

    12. Roger on November 9th, 2005 6:43 pm

      I think the boycott was a cardinal error of judgement and a complete misunderstanding of the way a moral judicial process works. Plus, it employs a method, which presupposes that you can force people to compromise their values, if you use force and bluster, instead of the proper methods of negotiation and civil communication. Remember the story of the sun and the wind arguing about how to get a man’s coat off? The wind blew and tried to force the coat off, but the man tightened his grip and buttoned his collar. When the sun’s turn came, he shined gently and the man took the coat off willingly. Yes, it’s a silly tale and it never happened, but it illustrates the mechanism of persuasion. Diplomacy is not done with bluster and boycott. If Aruba believes totally that they are looking at the case from the standpoint of due process, unless they are as corrupt as some think, they will not budge.

      If the judicial system there is based on truth and the rights of the accused to be guaranteed fair-play in any criminal proceedings (and history says it is), then they will not sacrifice their sacred principles for economic gain. The concept of this boycott as a means of pressure is based on appealing to the greed of business interests to cause three people to now be convicted in spite of months of interrogation and judicial hearings which freed them and did not charge them of any crime. I think that Holland will look only briefly at this “moral dilemma” and know that they would not and could not sacrifice their 1000 year history, which has developed a system which they know must not be corrupted by the lure of financial reward. The Governor of Alabama is assuming that everyone else shares his moral code which says that “in the dollar we trust.”

    13. guest on November 9th, 2005 6:49 pm

      Why would they – MEP – want to ask for media and communications help and not ask for replacement investigators or assistanace with searching for Natalie?
      What is wrong with those guys? How can their superiors let this go on?
      Joran and his friends are responsible for all of this, yet they want to play the victims. There is someone out there that know’s what happened and should just fess up with it.
      All anyone want’s here is to get Natalie back. That is the only way this will be over.

    14. Frank on November 9th, 2005 7:24 pm

      Hey roger,

      force and bluster? How about intimidation of witnesses? You want civility, what do you call lying to police when they are searching for Natalee who was last with her.

      Tell the security guards about force and bluster.

      The very people you want to execute the civil brand of justice are guilty of covering this up and you are trying to paint the perfect picture.

      When Natalee’s father was asked “how much money you have” was that force and bluster.?

      Where is the civility to call Beth when the suspects were released?

      You should demand civility with those responsible for solving this case and ask, who manipulated the system to their benefit.

      paulus van der sloot.

    15. Bluesky on November 9th, 2005 7:38 pm

      Bye Bye Boycott….

      The US State Department has spoken.

    16. NewsJunkie on November 9th, 2005 8:05 pm

      WHO REALLY CARES if the boycott is official or not.. or if it’s a travel or economic boycott or if a state government can declare one or not….
      Think of all of the people that are just now hearing about this…. It’s now making network news…where before it was pre-dominantly a cable news story…
      I love that it is now reaching more people. Knowledge is power. Let the American people hear for themselves that the Aruban authorities have blamed Beth for making money on Natalee’s disappearance, altered Beth’s statements, lost multiple pieces of evidence, arrested and then cleared 2 BLACK suspects based on one of the stories from the 3 that were last known seen with her, and that after 5 months, the ALE now wants to speak with the MB students… the list goes on and on….

      The more the American people hear about this – they will make their own decision and they will travel elsewhere – boycott or not. Why would any smart American spend hard earned money to travel to a destination where they can get kidnapped, raped or killed and authorities will do nothing about it if they believe the perpetrator to be a “friend” of the government/law enforcement or have ties at the Hague?? Joe M. wasn’t off when he said that you might as well go to Iraq..In my opinion, Iraq may actually be safer – at least the US military is there!

    17. guest 2 on November 9th, 2005 8:08 pm

      I would love to know what alternative the Holloway/Twitty family had, other than boycotting the Aruban Tourism industry, in regards to a resolution in finding their precious daughter. Just MO. They (Holloway/Twitty clan) have been very patient and cooperative with all those whose real interest has been finding their daughter. Lies and governmental corruption have been exposed in Aruba and either a coverup or incompetence in Aruban LE is apparent. The dark and sinister under-belly of this government is showing. Somehow, this is not what quiet, safe , prosperous Aruba wants exposed to the world. Then find out the truth. Our US children are or should be our priority, as Dave and Beth have so valiantly and heroically told Aruba and the world that nothing will stop them in finding their child. No island is worth any US child’s life.

    18. Susan on November 9th, 2005 8:28 pm

      I am pleased that Governor Riley is supporting the Holloway family in their quest to
      find their daughter Natalie. Having followed reports from the beginning both from Aruba and U.S. news media, it is blatantly obvious that those in charge of this investigation need to go.

      At the very least, you have confessions from these young men that they raped her and yet they have walked away free. And those of you who have bashed Beth Twitty
      have not walked in her shoes and should pray to God that you will not ever have to.

      Question the legality of Governor Riley’s call for a boycott or whether it represents
      U.S. foreign policy, the fact is, Americans will be boycotting Aruba with or without
      a call for a boycott, my family included. And as of yesterday I have written the governor of my state and asked him to consider calling for a boycott as well.

      If you are an Aruban citizen and feel that you are unjustly being hurt or victimized by
      a call for a boycott….step back and look into your heart and think, think about
      how Natalie was hurt and victimized and what her family is going through every single day not knowing where their precious daughter is.

      Beth Twitty is an amazing woman and mother.

    19. Anna on November 9th, 2005 9:13 pm

      This is a volunatry boycott and not a state-imposed sanction nor an embargo. No one is forced to participate. Each is free to follow the dictates of his own conscience. Can’t get any more honest than that.

      Governor Reiley has every right to call for this as does any citizen but he has the backing of his state legislatures. Simply put, when all the blathering is finished the facts remain the same. Many Americans are simply not buying the old runaround any longer. Aruba was given every chance to do the right thing and conduct a decent investigation but refused. No one can force us to vacation there. Some, apparently, would like to try. Go ahead. Talk about something that will not work, and that’s it for sure.

      Free country and all are free to chose to vacation where they chose. Or not.

    20. rafael on November 9th, 2005 9:49 pm

      Is Dompig the reincarnation of Barnie Fife? BLUESKY you ask for the family to have patience? What planet are you from really? They have. They are missing a daughter. I am trying to have patience with people like you truly. I have come to one conclusion. People like Bluesky and Roger definately cannot be parents. Especially of a daughter. Moronic statements. You two remind me of a woman in an abusive relationship that will not speak badly about her abuser. Maybe a bad analogy, but what will it take for people like you to see what the rest of the world sees? A crime is being committed. Not the crime against Natalee. The crime here is the archaic method in which this investigative team is conducting the investigation. I know falling upon deaf ears…..

    21. star on November 9th, 2005 10:13 pm

      Bluesky………what exactly are the families of Natalee Holloway supposed to wait patiently for? You need to get your head out of all that hot sand and pray you never come up against pvds or jvds and need the law there to protect you!
      Never underestimate the rath or tenacity of a southern mother!

    22. Maggie on November 9th, 2005 10:21 pm

      Dompig cant solve this tomorrow.. Offer a polygraph to all involved.. The Holloways, The Twittys, the MB students, The VanderSloots, and the Kalpoes.. see who shows up to take it..

      Natalee was innocent too but someone decided to become the judge and jury on her.. so far the only reasons I’ve seen stated she deserved it was that she wore the wrong clothes or she got in the car with someone she THOUGHT was her friend.. Great reason to take someones life.. God forbide I get up and put on the “wrong clothes” .. or spend the day off and on with someone I think is my friend who offers me a ride to where I’m staying… My mom told me to keep an open mind, but not so open that all my brains fall out..

      Dave Holloway said the last time he was in Aruba that he was told by the police that they were hoping this would kinda just all go away by now.. I can’t imagine someone saying that to a grieving parent. They were kinda hoping their daughter would come home from Aruba alive too.. The parents are Natalee’s voice, since someone else thought their life was much more important than Natalees. Natalee weighed 105lbs..she didn’t stand a chance.

      I truly feel for the innocent people in Aruba, but they should blame this on the right ones, not the victims. They aren’t in this by choice.. The ones who did it are in this by their own choices, cover ups ,and lies afterwards..

    23. kate on November 9th, 2005 10:22 pm

      Aruba is underestimating the intelligence of all Americans in general in several ways.

      First, how could the ALE (and, the citizens and crime perp’s) possibly think that Americans believe that a thorough and honest investigation is continuing to be conducted? Actually, it is an arrogant attitude that would expect us to believe that.

      Second, at this time, it appears that there are several hundred demonstrators who have joined ranks with the ALE, either to attempt to place blame for this crime on Natalee Holloway or, in some perverted way, her family. (Very bad decision.)

      Third, it seems that Arubans are still trying to “sell” their tiny little island on its reputation for being “safe”. As it seems, either violent crimes in Aruba have just begun occuring since Natalee’s disappearance, or violent crimes have just begun to make headlines around the world. (I don’t know Aruba. Which is it? Maybe some “soul searching” is in order.)

      Finally, I would hope that Arubans will not assume that Beth Holloway and Dr. Phil are the reasons for the absence of tourists on their peaceful and tranquil white beaches (that tell no secrets of the night). This is a very bad assumption! Attacking an agonizing mother and a popular talk show host/counselor for voicing their opinions will not help Aruba gain its tourists back, but will probably work in the reverse. Furthermore, long before Natalee’s mother and Dr. Phil called for boycotts, many Americans had already decided that their college kids would not be vacationing in Aruba…ever again. And then, over the last few months, momentum to “stay away” REALLY to began to pick up as young and middle age adults began to doubt the safety of tourists in Aruba.

      Arubans, and only Arubans, have the power to regain their island’s status as a highly popular tourist attraction. That can ONLY be done by demanding a full and thorough investigation. Among other things, Arubans should spend their time “demonstrating” for new investigators, new government officials, and a new prosecutor. AND, they should demonstrate to bring Joran back on island until this case is solved!

    24. star on November 9th, 2005 10:28 pm

      BTW……..He asked for the CITIZENS of the U.S. to boycott Aruba, beginning in his own state. He plans to talk to all 50 governors and ask them to encourage a boycott of Aruba, BY the CITIZENS, of each of their respective States! This hardly qualifies as economic sanctions such as apply in the countries you mentioned. However, you can count on this thing moving right up the chain of command if need be. Besides , Where is the netherlands?

    25. Mezcal on November 9th, 2005 10:49 pm

      What do you guys expect anyway? Aruba on his knees, begging big and powerful USA to spare our little country? Please!! People, if you don’t want to come, please don’t. There are enough sane Americans in your country and they will continue to visit Aruba. Tourists are coming in for the high season and so far I haven’t spoken to anyone who was here against hi/her will. All the regulars are back and a lot of new faces. In a way this cleans up the island from arrogant and spoiled people and will make Aruba even more one happy island!

    26. Sue on November 10th, 2005 12:54 am

      Well atleast the young tourist girls are alittle safer without Joran there

    27. Atlmetroguy on November 10th, 2005 12:56 am

      All you people hung up on the botcott issue are sick..there is a family grieving over a mising daughter..where is your moral compass/ Where is your compassion and where is Natalee?? Have you all forgotten what this is all about..NATALEE

    28. Frank on November 10th, 2005 1:02 am


      Not real smart, do you think the State Department is going to tell citizens not to boycott? The boycott has started months ago and doesn’t need sanctions at all.

      It will happen slowly and painfully as cargo destined for Aruba slowly disappears drip by drip. Or is damaged or misloaded.

      It doesn’t take much. The State Department cannot help stop a boycott but they could turn out the lights if the groundswell grows.

    29. 3xangels on November 10th, 2005 1:17 am

      Roger…have some faith

    30. jim rexroat@scattercreek on November 10th, 2005 2:40 am


    31. Sharise on November 10th, 2005 6:08 am

      I will never stop defending the Holloways or Twittys.
      No matter what country you live in or your nationality or rich or poor, You should never have to spend your days and nights wondering how your child spent her last hours and where he/she is. The only thing worse than losing a child, is losing a child and never knowing.

      This ISN”T about losing dollars.

      Natalee could’ve went on to be the one who discovered the cure for Aids.. and saved lots of lives, maybe even some of the families who have chosen to slander her. We will never know. The Twitty’s, The Holloways, the Governor, dont want money. they want Natalee.. Money can never heal what they are going through.

      The world should stand up together and say enough is enough of people praying on our children. Big people lie… when they are guilty. I was watching a clip about the girl, Carlie Brucia out of Florida and even with him on a cam taking her, he’s claiming it was someone who looked like him. It’s amazing the lengths these predators go to, to justify their sickness.

    32. Jim Hanson on November 10th, 2005 6:13 am

      “Why would any smart American spend hard earned money to travel to a destination where they can get kidnapped, raped or killed”

      New Junkie … you’re right … if any American wants this to happen, all they have to do is live in the us of a … it happens every day of every year of every decade.

    33. bluesky on November 10th, 2005 8:02 am

      To Frank:

      “It will happen slowly and painfully as cargo destined for Aruba slowly disappears drip by drip. Or is damaged or misloaded.”

      This is Non Sense. This is Just based on Bad Sentiment against Aruba.

      If this happens we could expect that Aruban Businesses will sue the American Companies who do this kind of Sabotage.

    34. vicki on November 10th, 2005 9:08 am

      Well put Frank… Cargo goes missing or is spoiled when it gets there…oops sorry I guess you will have to wait till the next ship…oops there isn’t one.. Don’t think that because Americans are on your Island means that all is well… More and more people are hearing about the injustice that is going on.. Starting with that pig PM, who smiled in Beths face and all of our faces on TV talking about , YES MISTAKES WERE MADE

    35. commonsense on November 10th, 2005 11:33 am

      You boycotters make me laugh out loud. It won’t work. I wrote my Governor today, and told him that if he speaks out in favor of a boycott about one missing girl, he would lose votes. I think that will work.
      Enough also about how corrupt Aruba is. Look at statistics – what is safer and who has more crime: New York City, Detroit, Miami? Better yet – to the shock of all of you – there was more crime in Mountain Brook Alabama last year than in Aruba!! But you keep on saying that Aruba is not safe.
      Also, once again I feel the need to point out the obvious to bunches of you sheep – what the hell do you expect the boycott to do? Make Natalee’s body suddenly appear? Because, if you want the government to suddenly stand up and say “we are being killed by a boycott and suffering”, it won’t happen. Why – BECAUSE THESE ARE THE SAME GUYS YOU CLAIM ARE CORRUPT. They are not going to resign.
      Wake up people

    36. Kelly on November 10th, 2005 12:23 pm

      Like I said before, Iwonder if trying to blow off Mrs. Twitty in the beginning was worth it? What a mess….and still no Natalee…I wonder if “whomever” is in charge of the “law” in Aruba still thinks it was worth it to release the 3 suspects…Pray hard, it works…

    37. TSS on November 10th, 2005 1:45 pm

      Vickey…..sigh….wake up please…thw whole is not watching..let me repeat, the whole world is NOT watching…in case you do not know, there is still other news in the world, riots in France, more death to expect in Pakistan than those that perished in the Tsunami..etc..etc.

      Dear Vickey, wake up and smell the coffee

    38. monkey wench on November 10th, 2005 3:44 pm

      Mezcal – See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Your little island is a lot safer with JVDS gone and the K-2 scared, but your government is corrupt. I guess as long as it doesn’t affect you personally, you could care less, eh. I don’t want the innocent citizens of Aruba punished, but if they are going to re-elect corrupt officials, that’s what they get. They need to demand that their goverment and LE solve this horrific crime or Aruba will never be one Happy Island again. The boycott will not change things overnight, but it will change.

      Find Natalee and punish ALL involved in her disappearance and coverup.

    39. kate on November 10th, 2005 5:48 pm

      The “innocent citizens of Aruba” need to take some responsibility for the actions of their political and law officials. It would be nice if they would demand some accountibility in this case, along with the Holloway-Twitty family and most Americans.

      I am happy that there are still “high season regulars” who are secure in continuing their vacations in Aruba. Maybe these regulars will be able to make up the difference in lost revenues from those tourists who feel that the government and law officials are apathetic, at best, in their criminal investigations involving “their own”.

      Personally, in the future, when I think of Aruba, I will think of one of two things: cover up or incompetence. But… it would be difficult to convince me that this government, or police investigators, are so incompetent in SO many ways!

      Therefore, I really think that Aruba’s new tourist slogan will go something like this….”Come to Aruba, the island with fisherman huts, filled with supplies for all your criminal needs and dirty deeds.”

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