It is a brand new year we should be focused on new ideas and new initiatives to keep our country safe.
Unfortunately, our leaders have not moved to take control of the crises facing our country so we are forced to be obsessing about issues which should have been addressed years ago.
Fortunately, the threats Jamaica faces are not from hostile state actors but from criminals within and without who would turn the Island into a Serengeti of bloodshed and lawlessness.
Our problems are not insurmountable, nevertheless, if the nation’s leaders continue to posture for cheap political leverage it won’t be long before they become so.
Yesterday I spoke to how Jamaica got to the state of lawlessness it’s presently mired in. I also pointed to a few Nations which have had serious problems with lawlessness and outlined specifically how the nation of Colombia has weathered the storm under the strong decided leadership of president Álvaro Uribe Vélez.
My friend tells me that if Jamaica wants to fix its crime problem it has to adopt New York City’s model.
Unfortunately for Jamaica the model used by New York City which began under the leadership of David Dinkins the city’s first African-American Mayor begun with community policing.
The problem continued under a more aggressive Rudolph Guliani but was infused with a far more decided and no-nonsense approach as it related to enforcement practices and procedures.
The so-called broken windows approach which included prosecuting offenders for all infractions as well as a stop and frisk component which many criticized.
I supported the stop and frisk component, I fundamentally believed that a person who would take an illegal weapon into the streets who believes he will be stopped and arrested for that weapon he would think twice about doing it.
As was the case in most situations in America, it was the disparate application of the stop and frisk component which justified the courts stepping in and ending it.
Jamaica is long past the place where simply adopting community policing will change the paradigm. Community policing is invaluable after the brush has been cleared. There is no scenario in which community officers can be injected into communities warring with AK47 and other automatic weapons.
Which brings me to the issue of wars.
WARRING ACTORS ARE NOT MERE CRIMINALS THEY ARE A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY.
As long as the nation naively continue to pretend that the heavily armed warring factions which operate in parts of the Wareika foothills, Tivoli and Arnett Gardens, Riverton and all places in between, all the way to the western parishes, there will be no end to the bloodletting.
This is not merely criminal conduct, it wasn’t just criminal conduct when the murderous overlord Christopher Coke decided that he would not submit to an arrest warrant.
In the same way that Pablo Escobar the leader of the Medellin cartel in Colombia and other leaders of the Cali and other cartels acted when the Government sought to arrest them. They fought the state.
Today Mexico and Guatemala continue to struggle to deal with narco-terrorists within their countries primarily because of the corrupt nature of many within the body politic.
Nevertheless, Mexico took the necessary steps to arrest El Chapo Guzman and ship him off to the United States where he is presently facing real justice for his crimes.
As it was in Colombia and it is in Mexico today so is it in Jamaica.
This is exactly what is happening in Mexico today, it was the norm in Colombia before Uribe’s Presidency in 2002.
Jamaicans on the streets have acknowledged that the existential threat the nation faces from these violent actors is indeed a state of war.
People are terrified and traumatized in their homes at the incessant sound of gunfire, unsure whether this time it will be their doors kicked in and lights out for their entire family.
Children are unable to go to school and entire communities are placed under siege as marauding gangs of urban terrorist parade their heavy automatic weapons totally unconcerned about consequences.
The average Jamaican have long understood that the country was in a state of undeclared civil-war, it is the two political parties which have consistently refused to acknowledge it for what it is.
This year alone there are estimates which put the Island’s homicide numbers above 1600 for the first time since 2005.
It is not only the political parties which are culpable in this fiasco, there are other actors which are equally as culpable in the continuance of this charade.
The fact that there is a so-called “Peace Management Unit”, is in and of itself an acknowledgment that the country is in a state of war.
Ironically the Peace Management Unit and its leaders, beginning with Horace, Levy does not want peace. Peace would mean irrelevance for Levy and his cabal of deplorables.
Instead of helping the Police to identify the terrorists in the communities Levy and others foment and nurture dissent and opposition against the police all the while pretending to want peace in the communities.
What we end up with are a bunch of people who attach themselves to the body politic like the thousands of parasitic plantlife which attach themselves to the tall trees in the Amazon Jungle.
They fan the flames of anarchy, all the time pretending to care about Human Rights. They play a dangerous game of Russian roulette with the nation’s security with devastating consequences for the average Jamaican.
Some of these agencies are funded by foreign dark money.
The Jamaican Government has a responsibility as it’s primary function to drown out the noise and deploy the military to go into the enclaves in which these terrorists are murdering and mutilating and eradicate them once and for all as President Uribe did in Colombia.
There should be no fear of criticisms, critics benefit from the murder mayhem which exists, without it they have no relevance.
That is the reason Uribe did not bow to them, it is why Duterte in the Philippines are not bowing to critics.
Various administrations of both political parties have given far too much deference to so-called human rights lobby operating in our country.
The consequences are there for all to see. The idea that a Government in a country like Jamaica would be deferential and beholden to armed thugs is shocking and embarrassing to say the least.
There should be one statement coming from the Government to the heavily armed gangs operating on the Island.
Turn in the weapons, all of them in 7 days, failing which we will pluck them from your cold dead fingers.
The time has come for the Jamaican Government and those on the opposition benches to recognize that if they do not act to remove the weapons from the hands of the murderous killers there will be hell to pay.
Events of 2010 will have been a cakewalk relatively speaking.
Yes, if that means suspending habeas corpus then so be it. These are desperate times which requires decisive measures.
Those who sit on the sidelines and make grand statements are going to do what they do best “chat”, the nation’s national security cannot be executed with deference to them.
In many countries, they can criticize and make their statements only from afar. It’s time that Jamaica follow suit.