Govt & Opposition Apologize To Garrison : Weapons And Ammo Pour In And Murders Escalate..

If you want to know what a fail­ing state look like, take a look at Jamaica.
Yes, this is state­ment is insid­i­ous, brazen and will attract a huge back­lash, not that I ever wor­ry about those, because it is a cor­rect assess­ment of our coun­try at present.

Definition of a failed state: A state whose polit­i­cal or eco­nom­ic sys­tem has become so weak that the gov­ern­ment is no longer in con­trol.
According to the Global Policy Forum, Failed states can no longer per­form basic func­tions such as edu­ca­tion, secu­ri­ty, or gov­er­nance, usu­al­ly due to frac­tious vio­lence or extreme pover­ty. Within this pow­er vac­u­um, peo­ple fall vic­tim to com­pet­ing fac­tions and crime.

From this def­i­n­i­tion, you may extrap­o­late that a fail­ing state would have a veneer of con­trol by the gov­ern­ment but peel­ing that veneer away will reveal the true state of that rot­ting fail­ure.

The Jamaican Prime Minister yes­ter­day stood in the nation’s par­lia­ment and did the Jamaican nation a tremen­dous dis-ser­vice by apol­o­giz­ing to the com­mu­ni­ty of Tivoli Gardens for the 2010 secu­ri­ty incur­sion.
There is pre­cious lit­tle bi-par­ti­san­ship in Jamaican Politics but as was to be expect­ed Peter Phillips and his oppo­si­tion PNP was in agree­ment with the apol­o­gy.

An under­stand­ing of Jamaican Politics will inform, that the only issues which evoke bi-par­ti­san­ship in Jamaica seem to be the things which fur­ther erodes the rule of law and social order.
Phillips, want­i­ng to gain one-upman­ship told the house a truth com­mis­sion was nec­es­sary to address not only the issues of May 2010 but events dat­ing back to the 1960s and 1970s.
The idea to apol­o­gize to this com­mu­ni­ty which has thumbed its col­lec­tive nose at the Jamaican state for decades and more so under the Jungle lead­er­ship and con­trol of International crim­i­nal Christopher (Duddus) Coke came from the David Simmons-led com­mis­sion of inquiry.

That Commission com­mis­sioned by Phillips own Party whilst in Government was designed to score polit­i­cal point rather than out of any con­cern for the peo­ple who died or suf­fered in Tivoli Gardens.
To sug­gest that the intent of that com­mis­sion was to fer­ret out the truth in fur­ther­ance of the peo­ple of that com­mu­ni­ty is tan­ta­mount to Donald Trump say­ing he fired Jim Comey because he was mean to Hillary Clinton.

Tivoli pan­el.
Hazel Harris, David Simmons, and Anthony Harriott

The par­ti­san Kangaroo Tivoli Gardens com­mis­sion which was set up by Portia Simpson Miller the then intel­lec­tu­al­ly infan­tile Prime Minister was a dis­grace of a com­mis­sion. That com­mis­sion had a demon­stra­ble bias against the secu­ri­ty forces and its head Barbadian David Simmons had a clear dis­dain for things Jamaican.

In order to under­stand why a truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mis­sion would be in the best inter­est of a nation, it would be instruc­tive to look at the mod­el adopt­ed by Nelson Mandela after he assumed the Presidency in South Africa in 1995.

[Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africa (TRC), a court-like body estab­lished by the new South African gov­ern­ment in 1995 to help heal the coun­try and bring about a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of its peo­ple by uncov­er­ing the truth about human rights vio­la­tions that had occurred dur­ing the peri­od of apartheid. Its empha­sis was on gath­er­ing evi­dence and uncov­er­ing infor­ma­tion — from both vic­tims and per­pe­tra­tors — and not on pros­e­cut­ing indi­vid­u­als for past crimes, which is how the com­mis­sion main­ly dif­fered from the Nürnberg tri­als that pros­e­cut­ed Nazis after World War II. The com­mis­sion released the first five vol­umes of its final report on Oct. 29, 1998, and the remain­ing two vol­umes of the report on March 21, 2003.] https://​www​.bri​tan​ni​ca​.com/​t​o​p​i​c​/​T​r​u​t​h​-​a​n​d​-​R​e​c​o​n​c​i​l​i​a​t​i​o​n​-​C​o​m​m​i​s​s​i​o​n​-​S​o​u​t​h​-​A​f​r​ica.

This is what Jamaica has come to, the gov­ern­ment and oppo­si­tion par­ty apol­o­giz­ing to a com­mu­ni­ty which thumbed its col­lec­tive nose at the rule of law

The events which neces­si­tat­ed the Security forces entry into the com­mu­ni­ty of Tivoli Gardens in 2010 bears zero resem­blance to the events which occurred in South Africa.
Without re-lit­i­gat­ing events which occurred there it is impor­tant to under­stand the seri­ous­ness of a sit­u­a­tion in which the nations secu­ri­ty forces can­not enter a part of a coun­try which can fit almost twice into the state of Connecticut one of the small­est states in the United States.
Daily the Police recov­er stach­es of guns across the Island and at the ports of entry.
Additionally, for­eign law enforce­ment agen­cies inter­cept large ship­ments which could only tru­ly be explained as going to fur­nish an army.
So while Rome burns the nation’s lead­ers fid­dle and those who should be low­er­ing the lifeboats are busy orga­niz­ing the deck chairs on the sink­ing Titanic.

I am all for a truth com­mis­sion in which Peter Phillips and every oth­er politi­cian from both polit­i­cal par­ties are will­ing to truth­ful­ly and com­pre­hen­sive­ly tes­ti­fy to every crime they ever com­mit­ted and every action they ever took which has brought us to this place.
If they are unwill­ing to do that then I stren­u­ous­ly implore them not to waste any more mon­ey on these flights of fan­cies.

In light of what occurred in 2010, the Government and Opposition ought to be engaged in bi-par­ti­san sup­port of our secu­ri­ty forces, ensur­ing that they get all of the sup­port they deserve to do the job that is asked of them.
Instead, both Government and oppo­si­tion are active­ly and pre­ten­tious­ly engaged in destruc­tur­ing the pow­ers and for­ti­tude of the secu­ri­ty forces abil­i­ty to do their jobs.

Peter Phillips

So here are the facts.
While the Government con­tin­ues to pre­tend that the seri­ous and exis­ten­tial threats fac­ing the Island can be reme­died by stu­pid ZOSO’s, the coun­try is being flood­ed with weapons, ammu­ni­tion, and spare parts for those weapons.
The arse­nal in the hands of the crim­i­nal under­world far exceeds that which the police has. Earlier this year police offi­cers in St Ann try­ing to inter­cept a want­ed ter­ror­ist faced live grenades which injured one offi­cer, in addi­tion to the auto­mat­ic weapons fire.

Instead of expe­di­tious­ly and decid­ed­ly tak­ing steps to ensure that our coun­try will not be tak­en over by ter­ror­ists neces­si­tat­ing a for­eign takeover to restore order the entire polit­i­cal lead­er­ship is engaged in pla­cat­ing a com­mu­ni­ty which has for decades oper­at­ed out­side the nation’s laws.
Then they won­der why young men pick up guns?
It is the guar­an­teed way for them to gain respect from the peo­ple who nev­er respect­ed any­one before.