Former member of the JCF, Clive Peck, who was serving on a United Nation’s mission in Lybia, lost his life over the weekend in an alleged bomb blast.
Mister Peck was working to bring some semblance of peace to a country [Lybia], that the United States disrupted and laid bare.
This publication honors the service and sacrifice of our dearly departed former colleague.
Having said that, I could not help noticing that at least one of the two major local newspaper (JamaicaGleaner.com) carried the story of mister Peck’s untimely passing.
After all, it is not every day that a Jamaican gives his life in service to others in faraway countries, for people they do not know.
Jamaican police officers toil in obscurity at home without recognition and without receiving their just due.
However, when they die in service overseas, we expect to see them receive the goddamn respect and recognition they deserve from the highest executive office.
And they deserve to be recognized as members of the
Of course, the kind of character which motivates Jamaicans like Detective Peck is lost on far too many Jamaicans who are incapable of grasping the sacrifice which goes into such service.
Most heroes who do, are motivated by much more than financial remunerations.
It was troubling to me that nowhere in the Gleaner Article was there a mention of the fact that Clive Peck was a former member of the JCF.
Why was that not mentioned by anyone? Do they so hate the JCF that they envy the very thought of giving respect to the agency when they lose a member, present or former?
[The Government and the parliamentary Opposition yesterday lauded the work of Clive Peck, the Jamaican man who was one of two United Nations (UN) peacekeepers killed in a bomb blast in Libya
Jamaica Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said Peck served the UN with distinction and devoted his life to a mission of aiding the Libyan people in the midst of one of the most severe conflicts and humanitarian crises in the world.
“It is indeed a sad moment, but we take pride in his courage and service”, Johnson Smith told The Gleaner.
She revealed, too, that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had attested to “Mr. Peck’s courage, service, and dedication to the goals of the United Nations”. “The tragic loss of Mr. Peck is acutely felt by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Government of Jamaica in its entirety,” Johnson Smith said. She disclosed that she had spoken personally to Peck’s wife, Lelieth, and conveyed sympathies on behalf of her ministry and the entire government. Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips described Peck as a Jamaican who was committed to the global mission of peace and service to humanity. “I pray God’s comfort for his family, friends, and colleagues,” Phillips said in a statement. Lisa Hanna, the opposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, suggested that Peck and the other UN peacekeepers who were killed be always remembered.“They were there seeking peace in the world,” Hanna said. “It’s really, really tragic that one of our nationals suffered this way, especially in keeping with what he was doing at that particular time –trying to keep the peace,” she added. But the Opposition spokesperson said she was proud that a Jamaican was seeking to achieve peace across the world “and I hope that gives the family some comfort in this devastating time that we all face”. ]
Last week the Prime Minister was on social media lauding members of the JDF who rushed a young lady having a panic attack to the hospital.
The Prime Minister chimed in, quote ( “I must commend the work of the Jamaica Defence Force in producing noble men and women of distinction”).
Ever partial to my beloved JCF, and knowing the sacrifices made over the decades by so many police officers, for an ingrate nation no less, including payingthe ultimate price, I lashed out at the prime Minister for what I thought was a clear case of selective praise for one branch of the security forces. Respect to the JDF, but as one commenter opined, “Taxi man do dat ebery day Mike”
Sure, those members of the JDF deserved a pat on the back, but the police have been doing this and so much more, it is wrong.
So I did not mince words.
Me: This is such bullshit pandering to one branch of the security forces, for doing exactly what they are trained to do.
The police force has been doing this for decades, some paying the ultimate price in the process, many have been shot and are now wheelchair bound, others like myself have been shot defending people like you hypocrites I don’t even know.
You people are such a bunch of hypocrites, frauds and fakes..
I cannot believe I ever supported this guy who has been working to drive a wedge between the security forces since he took office, all for political reasons.
My response may have been cringe-worthy even by social media standards. Even so, I stand by every word of that retort.
This officer and his family deserved recognition, not from lower rungs of the Government.
His passing deserves national recognition from the highest elected office-holder. He was in Lybia, not on his own, but as a representative of the Jamaican Government.
Holness cannot allow biases and personal prejudices to impact how he carries out the functions of the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Since we called out the Government on this, both daily newspapers have carried stories of the JCF paying homage to the deceased mister Peck and indeed naming him as a distinguished member of that agency.
Jamaica house is still silent.
This writer and this medium will continue to chastise members of the JCF when they err, but we will stand front and center with members of that agency in recognition of the service they provide to the people of Jamaica.
Even when their political bosses are too low-class to do so.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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