We are getting mighty close to what is called critical mass with the general arc of crime in Jamaica.
The stark reality is that the present situation seems to be outside the control of local authorities.
We have now passed the stage where apportioning blame is useful in this ongoing saga which is the shocking deteriorating security situation on the Island.
Sure we know that both political parties share blame for the existing situation, some with greater culpability than others but there is little doubt that arguing about who is more guilty will do nothing to remedy the situation.
The increase in the number of homicides this year over last year and that of last year over the preceding year have seen administrations of both political parties presiding over what appears to be a homicide and another serious crime wave over which neither have control.
If we are able to suspend the omnipresent predisposition to see everything purely from political perspectives we may have a shot at actually having a meaningful conversation about how to resolve this issue before it’s too late.
In order for us to begin to arrest this very serious problem, we need to agree that no one person has all of the answers and that the course we are on is not working.
We need to take a different look at what are the issues fueling this crime monster.
The universally accepted idea that poverty is the cause of crime in the country is intellectual indolence and maybe an attempt to deflect attention away from the real reasons.
We can agree that poverty is not going to be eliminated from Jamaica anytime soon. If the focus can be diverted to the issue of poverty as the reason that people are decapitating others while others are bringing large caches of weapons into the country, then we will continue as a dog chasing its tail into perpetuity, while those who benefit from crime continue to fatten themselves.
There is no denying the reality that ” a hungry man is an angry man”, with that in mind, the actions of the man who goes out and steals in order to eat can be viewed within the context of poverty.
Looking at the totality of the nation’s crime problem, however, purely from the point of view of poverty must subsequently be seen as simplistic and to some degree disingenuous.
The question then, is, to what end is the nation being misled into an acceptance of the murder madness under the guise of poverty?
As I have written before there are countries across the globe and indeed in our own hemisphere with lower standards of living and significantly less crime to boot.
If we intend to be honest with ourselves we must agree that the massive caches of weapons coming into the country are not being imported by people in poverty, neither are the drugs coming in and passing through have impoverished people behind them.
Earlier this year caribbeannationalweekly.com published a report released by the United States State’s Department of State, which stated that several countries in the Caribbean are major illicit drug producing and drug-transit countries with some also being major money laundering countries.
The US Department of State’s “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR),” notes that the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti, and Jamaica, are among 22 countries worldwide considered major drug producing or major drug transit countries.
The foregone gives a slightly clearer view as to what are really some of the factors fuelling the massive crime wave in our country.
The local police have stridently maintained that the illicit lotto-scamming is a major contributor to the homicide rate as well.
Thus far this year there are over 300 deaths in St. James the epic center of the lotto scam epidemic which leaves over a thousand other homicides which the police would be hard pressed to pin on that trade.
Even if there were another two hundred which could credibly be attributed to the lotto scam making it a total of say 500, there would still be in excess of 800 other homicides which were committed for other reasons.
Police cannot enforce laws which do not exist.
Corrupt police officers are vastly less effective than honest cops.
The penalty for serious crimes under the penal code does not have sufficient deterrent components.
As long as the rights of murderous criminals are viewed with the same importance as their victims there will be no differentiation between the two categories of Jamaicans.
If we are unable to differentiate between how we treat murderers over how we view their victims we have already lost the war.
I know of no country in which the rights of criminals are viewed with such delicacy. No other place where criminality is so accepted by the broader society and excused.
No other place !
We have the answers to the problems the country faces, the Colombians certainly faced their problems head-on when they chose to say no to narco-terrorism from the Medellin and Cali cartels.
We can continue the pretentiousness as a country while hiding behind layers of grill fortifications, pretty soon however, no one will be safe not even those who believe they are in charge with their police escorts.
Massive corruption and the lethality of the weapons in the hands of the criminal underworld renders their police escorts null and void against whats to come.
A few patriots will have to balls up and make some sacrifices for the life of our beloved Island. The nonsense which comes out of Mona will not save our country it will take balls and courage like that exhibited by Paul Bogle and Nanny.
This time the enemy is within.……
The Colombian Government and decent law-abiding people understood that putting the cart before the horse was a prescription for failure.
Within that context, average people decided to take their children’s and their own future into their own hands.
Summing up the story of Colombia a country once on the verge of becoming a failed narco-state was an Article written for the Daily Telegraph by Journalist Szu Ping Chan in 2015.
Diplomacy, hard work and compromise have helped to transform the country over the last decade. The iron fist of former president Álvaro Uribe that helped to destroy many rebel strongholds in 2002 has been put back inside the velvet glove held by the current president, Juan Manuel Santos.The former defense minister is edging closer to signing a historic peace deal with the FARC rebels, although the toughest part of the negotiation — amnesty, and reparations — has yet to be agreed.
Meanwhile, Colombia’s middle class is on the rise, climbing from 16pc of the population in 2002 to 27pc in 2011. In the streets of Bogotá, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Armani line up next to high street names Zara and Mango.
The poverty rate – defined by the World Bank as anyone living on less than $1.25 (81p) a day – has fallen from almost 50pc to 34pc over the same period. While policymakers have more to do, Colombians are lifting themselves out of poverty. Entrepreneurial spirit means many choose to sell goods in little stalls or on the streets. Old jeans and used shoes are sold alongside trinkets and food. In the center of Bogotá, one seller has around 100 dolls piled up on a tarpaulin. An improving economy means the advertising slogans are very different now. “Colombia, magical realism”, is a homage to the country’s most famous author, Gabriel García Márquez, who died last year.
Note that the Government of President Alvaro Uribe understood fundamentally that he had to deal with the country’s crime problem with an Iron fist.
After toppling the cartels the new President Juan Manuel Santos slid the iron fist back into a velvet glove.
As I have said for years we need an attitudinal change in how we approach this issue. The rights of murderers is inconsequential when we consider them against what they did to their victims and their families.
There need to be a 180 degree paradigm shift in how we go after those who kill and those behind them.
Sending a clear uniquovical message that their methods will not be tolerated is the only message they understand.
It is the only solution which will begin the process of reversing this madness.