We continue to speak out about the spiraling crime rate in Jamaica and the tone-deafness with which the authorities are handling the problem.
Gunmen continue to kill at will, even as the government roll out Zones of Special Operations and declare states of emergencies.
Despite these stop-gap measures which take the place of real strategies, the government and opposition, continue to delude themselves that this is really no big deal.
My friend’s wife once told me of her love for pork, she said she had white rice and pork, and she fell ill. She said she knew the pork had made her ill, but she decided to stop eating rice.
The Administration and the opposition in Kingston know what to do about the gangsters running around killing the innocent but they are too in love with them.
So the convene conferences to pull the wool over the people’s eyes, to create an illusion that they are doing something radical about it.
I say to the people of Jamaica they aren’t!
There is one solution to the gangsters running unopposed in our country, and that is strong legislation and no-nonsense policing.
Delusion, however, is fool’s gold. Our people do not like to follow rules, we don’t like to obey laws, until of course, we move to places where they will have none of that nonsense.
And so instead of tackling the problem head-on, they continue to twiddle their thumbs and pretend that this is a mere nuisance on the path to prosperity, or whatever the hell their mantra is.
The reality is that even if prosperity was possible in this hotbed of killings and other violent crimes, the standard of living would still be substandard as a result of the palpable fear in the country.
The fact of the matter is that there can, and will be no prosperity or real growth in an atmosphere in which so many have access to illegal guns.
In the meantime, the Prime Minister, and the minions in his government continue to inject themselves into individual cases where police are forced to take action against criminals. This further muddies the water and renders the work of the security forces more difficult.
A recently convened conference between the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader, had the very same group of people who should never ever be part of policymaking in attendance.
Seated at the table were Jamaicans For Justice, the nation’s preeminent anti-police agitator, and others. At a time when five people lost their lives in one day in one small sector of the city.
They continue to follow the same path of obstinacy, embracing the very same band of idiots who present themselves as experts and yet they expect different results, and so the gangsters laugh and continue to kill with impunity. Which makes one wonder whether they are killing with immunity from the political leadership?
They continue to listen to so-called experts like the squirrelly Horace Levy who once stated that the police’s assessment of what constitutes gangs was wrong. In his esteemed knowledge, the collection of men who hang on the corners in the dangerous inner-city communities were not gangs, they were mere ‘corner-crews.’
These are the people who are influencing policy. These are the security experts advising on crime.
As a former street cop who traversed almost every square yard of the tough and forboding inner-city areas of Kingston and Saint Andrew under the peril of death, I never heard anything so nonsensical. But these are the self-important buffoons that the anti-police administration in Jamaica House subscribe to.
Instead of strong and unequivocal support to the law enforcement agencies, the administration’s efforts are directed at strengthening JFJ and INDECOM at the expense of the hard-working people in law enforcement.
I never forgot my great Aunt always talking about “what a ting wen dish towel tun table claat.“
That is where the nation’s security is now precipitously positioned, in the hands of rank amateurs and self-proclaimed experts.
The problem for Jamaica is not that we haven’t seen this template that the criminals are using. In 201 we saw where their heads were. Earlier this year we got another glimpse of their capabilities in Guinep Tree May Pen. So it’s not as if there isn’t precedent.
Out of 2010 encounter with the entrenched pseudo-government of Christopher, Duddus Coke , was more than enough data-points from which the Government could easily have extrapolated strategies, and created a serious set of laws which would once and for all set a course forward which would secure the country for generations to come.
The incompetence and criminal complicity of the then PNP administration coupled with the full acquiescence of the JLP, ensured that there would be no lessons learned from what could easily be a situation in which the country became a narco-state.
These are the kinds of things the two political parties have subjected the country to. The reason being that within their ranks are criminals who are benefitting from the murder-mayhem.
As one person puts it yesterday, they are turning our country into a dynasty where their children follow into their footsteps by owning seats in the parliament and the attendant unencumbered access to public funds.
Rather than thank the security forces the two bunch of criminals in both political gangs banded together to demonize the security forces for their valiance in annexing Tivoli Gardens to the Island.
Several members gave their lives. The filthy politicians on both sides, in an effort to appease the thugs and the rabble, blamed the security forces for their own failures.
October 17th; Heavily armed fighters surrounded security forces in a Mexican city on Thursday and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s sons, after his capture triggered gunbattles and a prison break that sent civilians scurrying for cover. Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said a patrol by National Guard militarized police first came under attack from within a house in the city of Culiacan, 1,235 km (770 miles) northwest of Mexico City.
After entering the house, they found four men, including Ovidio Guzman, who is accused of drug trafficking in the United States. The patrol was quickly outmatched by cartel gunmen, however, and it was withdrawn to prevent lives being lost, the government said. Simultaneously, fighters swarmed through the city, battling police and soldiers in broad daylight. They torched vehicles and left at least one gas station ablaze. “The decision was taken to retreat from the house, without Guzman, to try to avoid more violence in the area and preserve the lives of our personnel and recover calm in the city.
This is what happens when corrupt governments side with criminal elements against the security forces. This is not happening in an abstract sense, nor in some distant lands thousands of miles away. This happened in Mexico, a part of the same Latin-American and Caribbean region of which Jamaica is a part.
I incorporated this story into this article because this happened time and again in Jamaica, and the excuse is always the same. “The security forces withdrew to save lives”. What a load of crock.
I saw the Jamaican Prime Minister at a scene holding a baby while one woman explained her side of a story to him. Of course, the police are always wrong, and the criminals are always choirboys. After listening, Holness told the crowd that the police may have caught the criminal but they alienated the community.
Never mind that the police have a duty to go wherever criminals are and haul them off to jail under the color of law, regardless of whether the crime-infested communities like it or not.
Holness is the head of the government, he was hearing one side of the story, he had no idea where the truth lay. Instead of telling the people that there are agencies and protocols in place to take care of complaints, he went on to berate the police, without any evidence.
These are the kinds of blatantly moronic and sophomoric things he brought to the table as the leader of our country. His anti-police bias is beneath the office of the Prime Minister’s office and should not be tolerated.
It is for this reason that I wonder at the intellectual capacity of the police officers who place their lives at risk to protect people like these in both political parties.
It is the same kind of character deficiency and lack of moral character which characterizes Mexico’s leaders. A corrupt and duplicitous connivance with the criminal underworld which makes Mexico a perpetual third world country. It is the same characteristic that defines Jamaica.
Since this administration fails to see this threat for what it is, and since the political opposition is worse at governance, we are left with the hope that the tail will eventually wag the dog. Maybe then we can pick up the pieces and start over.
At least that is my dream, the pool is far too filthy and contaminated.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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