A Worse Dilemma Awaits…

But for the peri­od of Hugh Lawson Shearer’s lead­er­ship, Jamaica has been involved in a kind of law enforce­ment strat­e­gy which is equiv­a­lent to stand­ing on the left leg only, left hand hold­ing right leg from behind and right hand across the chest hold­ing the left ear.
For those of you who ever made a major boo­boo in the good old days in a Jamaican class­room, you will recall just how tedious to near impos­si­ble that form of pun­ish­ment can be. Unless of course, bad class­room behav­ior made you an expert.

Those who make pol­i­cy on the Island have sel­dom been any­thing but self-aggran­diz­ing pre­tenders, with over­in­flat­ed impres­sions of them­selves. As a con­se­quence, they have pre­ten­tious­ly and gra­tu­itous­ly opt­ed for poli­cies which have not been fit­ting for our sit­u­a­tion giv­en our spe­cial pro­cliv­i­ty for refus­ing to obey laws.

In many regards, the laws and poli­cies they put in place are so bla­tant­ly ridicu­lous that they have the oppo­site effect of what the orig­i­nal intent was. These kinds of mis­cues have forced skep­tics like me to ques­tion the motives of the pol­i­cy­mak­ers, some of whom are known crim­i­nals.

Both polit­i­cal par­ties are guilty of pussy­foot­ing with the rule of law, yet the infi­dels who run them make grand protes­ta­tions about their love of coun­try even as their leg­isla­tive actions argue oth­er­wise.
Protestations about human rights in an envi­ron­ment of mur­der and may­hem by crim­i­nals run­ning roughshod over the pop­u­la­tion are incred­i­bly fraud­u­lent and mis­guid­ed.
Shockingly, the polar­ized pop­u­la­tion, balka­nized into two com­pet­ing camps, is inca­pable of sep­a­rat­ing fact from fic­tion so the per­pet­u­a­tion of lies and decep­tion is the norm and those who speak truth becomes the ene­my.

The bal­anc­ing act of which I speak is exem­pli­fied in the dia­bol­i­cal decep­tion which both polit­i­cal par­ties have per­pe­trat­ed on the coun­try. This they have done through a series of sleight of hand which cre­ates the illu­sion of doing the right thing through their mealy-mouthed sup­port for the rule of law.
Yet a clos­er look reveals a direct attempt to main­tain the sta­tus quo, a‑la the reten­tion and expan­sion of gar­risons as a means to gain­ing and hold­ing state pow­er.

The main­te­nance of INDECOM and the Office of Public Defender at a cost of hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars each year are two exam­ples of that sleight of hand.
In the 70’s poor­ly armed mil­i­tants attacked police sta­tions and res­cued criminals(the police were even more poor­ly armed) they suf­fered no con­se­quence. In the 80’s, bet­ter armed, they attacked police sta­tions and killed offi­cers, there were no laws put in place as a deter­rent.
In the 90’s incred­i­bly well armed, they sim­ply razed police sta­tions with auto­mat­ic gun­fire then burned them to the ground. (No laws were put in place as a deter­rent).
In the 2000’s incred­i­bly well armed, well sup­port­ed, well-financed, well orga­nized, they chal­lenged the author­i­ty of the state to uphold the laws. We have the images of destruc­tion.

Complicit, both the JLP and PNP col­lud­ed and con­spired to blame the mem­bers of the secu­ri­ty forces for doing exact­ly what they were sworn to do. Risking life and limb and in some cas­es mak­ing the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice, mem­bers of the secu­ri­ty forces did what soci­ety asked them to do.
Rather than hon­or their sac­ri­fices, both the PNP and JLP through a series of actions, not the least of which was a pop­py-show Kangaroo hear­ing head­ed by an elit­ist for­eign­er was insti­tut­ed to tar and feath­er the secu­ri­ty forces.
Rather than ensure that nev­er again could ordi­nary punks pick up weapons in any fash­ion to chal­lenge the author­i­ty of the state, apolo­gies and resti­tu­tion was the response.

The secu­ri­ty forces were repaid with ridicule and lies, they were maligned and worse of all had their integri­ty and func­tion called into ques­tion by a Bajan Colonialists who has his head so far up the Queen’s ass he still does not know slav­ery was abol­ished.
So as Swallowfield burns and molo­tov cock­tail bombs are lobbed at the Stadium police sta­tion, and as urban ter­ror­ists lay down bar­rages of heavy auto­mat­ic fire at the police, it is busi­ness as usu­al to those in Jamaica house.
Like the fire depart­ment which is nev­er able to save a burn­ing build­ing, only capa­ble of cool­ing down oper­a­tions, so too are our secu­ri­ty forces con­demned to remove bar­ri­cades and stay out of the way of the auto­mat­ic fire. After which the thugs go back to their homes as if noth­ing hap­pened, with no fear they will be held to account.

The dra­con­ian mea­sures insti­tut­ed by the sil­ly police high com­mand as a means to hold­ing offi­cers in the depart­ment is hav­ing the exact oppo­site effect, as I warned when they embarked on that fol­ly.
We are reli­ably informed that this year will be a ban­ner year for attri­tion from the force. We will await the final num­bers before mak­ing too much hay of that but I stand by my state­ments.
This sit­u­a­tion is only going to get worse because as long as our coun­try has more safe­guards for crim­i­nal mur­der­ers than it does for the rule of law, the results are bound to skew the way Jamaica has been going.
Stay tuned.

One thought on “A Worse Dilemma Awaits…

  1. Well said,somehow the attack on Denham Town Station ‚seen live on TV,was nev­er giv­en any prominence,even in the Kangaroo court you men­tioned

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