No, No , Prime Minister You Got It All Wrong.…..

In a new year’s speech which gives us a win­dow into his soul and a view of his think­ing, Prime Minister Andrew Holness had much to say about the dan­ger­ous spate of killings in Jamaica.
Holness made the fol­low­ing com­ments while address­ing the con­gre­ga­tion at the 13th annu­al ‘Heal the Family Heals the Nation’ gath­er­ing at the National Arena staged by the Power of Faith Ministries.

Said the Prime Minister.

Andrew Holness

[“Leaders you have to bring it to your pul­pit. We can’t allow much of what is hap­pen­ing to be cov­ered up, par­tic­u­lar­ly the abuse that is hap­pen­ing with­in fam­i­lies. We must preach out against the fathers who are molest­ing their daugh­ters. And it is hap­pen­ing in our midst. Some moth­ers remain qui­et – don’t say any­thing about it: that daugh­ter grows up with a lot of anger in her. She has chil­dren and she takes it out on her chil­dren and all that those chil­dren will know, is vio­lence. If you see some­thing like that, it is not right. It can­not be accept­ed prac­tice in our cul­ture. We must expose it and preach against it.”]

[ “The church has an amaz­ing capac­i­ty for coun­sel­ing and out­reach, use it. That is one prac­ti­cal way in which we can start to address the issue of vio­lence”. “We talk about crime but we don’t talk enough about vio­lence. It is the vio­lence that dri­ves the crime: it is the vio­lence that makes the crime bru­tal and sav­age, we have to address this issue of vio­lence which is becom­ing part of our cul­ture, a part of our social trans­ac­tion”…]

INDECOM​.FAST. JFJ, IACHR. PMI. OPD. Silent On Murders Of Over 1600 Murdered Jamaicans In 2017…

NOTHING WRONG WITH HIS STATEMENTS REALLY, EXCEPT

There is noth­ing wrong with the text or tenor of the Prime Minister’s state­ments real­ly. Except that what is miss­ing, is a fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing by the Prime Minister of what the nation is deal­ing with and more so what will be required to fix it.

Firstly and before we get into the prac­ti­cal mechan­ics of whats hap­pen­ing in Jamaica and what fix­es will be effec­tive, let us get some­thing real­ly straight.
God Almighty will not fix our prob­lems for us, he has already strength­ened us to do for our­selves. Through his pre-set principles,we decide out­comes based on our own actions.

Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ who strength­ens me.
That include putting men on the moon, plac­ing satel­lites into orbit, mas­sive advances in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy as well as in Engineering. 

We are not going to win wars by kneel­ing and pray­ing, we win wars by train­ing and sup­port­ing our armies, know­ing our ene­mies, and ensur­ing that we do not under­es­ti­mate them.
God is not a magi­cian sit­ting atop the clouds wav­ing a wand one way or the oth­er based on how we respond to him.

SO WHAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER GETTING WRONG?

A man who goes to the hos­pi­tal with a tumor in his left lung had his right lung removed is in seri­ous trou­ble.
Not because the prob­lem was mis­di­ag­nosed but because the med­ical staff who had the respon­si­bil­i­ty to apply due care by mak­ing sure that the cor­rect pro­ce­dures and pro­to­cols are fol­lowed fell down on the job.

Mister Prime Minister, well over 1600 Jamaicans was mur­dered in 2017. Compare that to Chicago Illinois, one of America’s most vio­lent cities, which had 675 homi­cides and rough­ly the same pop­u­la­tion as Jamaica.
There are Jamaicans who are giv­ing you the impres­sion that this is mere­ly crime.
I assure you it isn’t, I can also tell you, yes there is crime every­where but your mur­der num­bers are not mere crime num­bers.
The coun­try is at war.

Brixton high street…

The homi­cide num­bers in Jamaica far exceeds that of Great Britain, Jamaica’s patron, which record­ed 723 mur­ders in 2017 and 524 in 2016. [www​.sta​tista​.com] Britain has a pop­u­la­tion of 65.64 mil­lion as com­pared to Jamaica’s 2.7 mil­lion.

We can poll nations around the world with larg­er and small­er pop­u­la­tions than Jamaica’s and we would be hard-pressed to find a nation with the per capi­ta mur­der sta­tis­tics of Jamaica.
A good place to start is with Cuba 90 miles off our shores, which has a pop­u­la­tion of approx­i­mate­ly 12 mil­lion peo­ple rough­ly four times that of Jamaica which has 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple.
They have a stan­dard of liv­ing which is sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than that of Jamaican [thanks to over 50 years of American block­ade] yet their homi­cide num­bers are far less oner­ous, where avail­able..

A street in old Havana

According to https://​www​.osac​.gov.

While there are no reli­able crime sta­tis­tics from the gov­ern­ment, the U.S. Embassy con­tin­ues to receive sev­er­al reports per month of non-vio­lent crimes against tourists. These num­bers are increas­ing slight­ly and are con­sis­tent with report­ing from oth­er diplo­mat­ic mis­sions. Most crime can be asso­ci­at­ed with pick­pock­et­ing, purse snatch­ing, fraud schemes, and thefts from unoc­cu­pied cars, hotel rooms, and dwellings. American trav­el­ers are gen­er­al­ly per­ceived to be wealthy. Most offens­es take place in areas fre­quent­ed by for­eign­ers.

Although most tourist hotels are rel­a­tive­ly safe in Havana, pick­pock­ets, pros­ti­tutes, and oth­er crim­i­nals may con­gre­gate there. Cuba has an active com­mer­cial sex trade.

Marching for peace as this one in August town is an acknowl­edg­ment that we are at war and a sign of sur­ren­der to the crim­i­nals who hold the state to ran­som.

We could go on and on but you get the pic­ture. Our clos­est neigh­bor geo­graph­i­cal­ly, hard­ly has a homi­cide prob­lem. The crimes report­ed by this America Agency [hard­ly a friend of Cuba] makes men­tion of non-vio­lent crimes, the kind which may appro­pri­ate­ly be assigned to pover­ty.

Mister Prime Minister here is the prob­lem in our coun­try and I dare­say you are a sig­nif­i­cant part of that prob­lem, if not cul­pa­bly, cul­tur­al­ly.
You have tak­en the posi­tion that crime can be approached using plat­i­tudes, beg­ging, beseech­ing, pray­ing, and a soft hand.
You and those who advise you are wrong. The fact that you and I dare­say the crim­i­nal­ly com­plic­it polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion have mort­gaged out the nation’s secu­ri­ty to Criminal sup­port­ing groups, is entire­ly why you are unable to prop­er­ly deal with the prob­lem.
You can­not fix what you have decid­ed­ly and will­ful­ly refused to prop­er­ly diag­nose.

Meeting with war­ring fac­tions and shak­ing hands with some who have a his­to­ry of Criminal activ­i­ties flies in the face of law enforce­ment and a dis­grace­ful dis­play of col­lu­sion against the rule of law …

What is going on in Jamaica will not be reme­died with com­mu­ni­ty polic­ing. We have long passed that stage, that is not to say that com­mu­ni­ty based polic­ing can­not oper­ate side by side with a more mil­i­taris­tic approach to the prob­lem.
You sim­ply have to stop lis­ten­ing to the pre­ten­tious know-it-alls who dom­i­nate the pub­lic air­waves and the nation­al dia­logue.
As I have said repeat­ed­ly in pre­vi­ous arti­cles, human rights and hard no-non­sense polic­ing are not opposed to each oth­er. The oppo­si­tion par­ty and your acolytes of the cler­gy and those in the media and crim­i­nal rights fra­ter­ni­ty are quick to make the link that if police go after dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals they, by virtue of that fact alone are pre­dis­posed to abus­ing the rights of cit­i­zens.
Simply put it is bull-shit.

Meeting with gang­sters to ask them to stop killing each oth­er and dis­rupt­ing the nation is capit­u­la­tion.

Young men who have engaged in the pow­er rush they seem to get from tak­ing inno­cent lives are not about to give up those weapons and return to irrel­e­vance.
They are not going to go back to being nobody when the Prime Minister and oth­er lead­ers are in church beg­ging God for help from them.
They will not give up their weapons when politi­cians are meet­ing with them, essen­tial­ly rais­ing their pro­file and impor­tance.

These peo­ple are not about to give up their weapons.

The shin­ing path in Peru, the ELN , and FARC in Colombia did not give up their weapons, nei­ther have the car­tels in Mexico done so.
Those weapons will have to be tak­en from their life­less fin­gers.
Jamaicans can pre­tend all they want that what is hap­pen­ing in our coun­try is dif­fer­ent. We have seen what it real­ly meant in 2010.
Shamefully, rather than laud the secu­ri­ty forces the nation through its polit­i­cal lead­ers on both sides of the aisle cre­at­ed a kan­ga­roo court to con­demn the secu­ri­ty forces for sav­ing Jamaica.
Paying Tivoli res­i­dents and apol­o­giz­ing to that com­mu­ni­ty cement­ed the fact that there is pre­cious lit­tle dif­fer­ence between the two polit­i­cal par­ties.

Support the work these men are doing in a ful­some and straight­for­ward way and watch crime trend down.

The two par­ties are basi­cal­ly the white col­lar seg­ment of the crim­i­nal gangs which rule the streets.
More con­se­quen­tial, pay­ing Tivoli and apol­o­giz­ing and demo­niz­ing the secu­ri­ty forces cement­ed the notion that Jamaica is a crim­i­nal state.