Amidst the killings taking place in Jamaica is a dark backstory which speaks to the seriousness of the murders, it ought to send a shiver up the spine of everyone with an interest in our country.
Even as the Government pats itself on the back for the static suppression mechanism it has put in place, the bloodletting continues unchecked.
All of this while soldiers and police officers are standing around searching the backpacks of children going to school.
If you care about Jamaica it behoove you to care about what is happening to her, if you have a law enforcement background you definitely understand that what has been instituted as a crime suppression mechanism is a public relations stunt designed to placate.
This is not about politics it is about professionalism and producing results. At some point in time, we have to shed the gang colors and think about the black gold and green.
For starters, there have been no fewer killings as a result of the charade the Government has put in place. In fact looking at the imagery of the Zones of Special Operations it reeks of grade-school-ism, kids playing cops and robbers even.
Of course, this child’s play should have been expected, I certainly did all I could to draw attention to its ridiculous nature. What else would anyone expect when we have rank amateurs and political hacks designing crime policies and poorly trained feckless and afraid amateurs executing those strategies?
Last July Richard Ramdial was murdered in broad daylight as he sat in his car in traffic, yesterday October 23rd his father Dennis Ramdial was murdered at his business place on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston.
Whenever these kinds of killings occur members of the public are left to speculate as to the reasons they happen.
Because they were businessmen, the initial assumptions in the absence of proper investigations and arrests, are that they were not giving in to the demands of extortionists.
Fair assumptions to make, which makes these killings even more terrifying and the need to stop them more pressing.
Then there are those who jump to the conclusion that maybe they were involved in some activities which were untoward. As if that possibility justifies whatever fate is meted out to them.
Those assumptions unwittingly miss the deep tragedy of the killings themselves, giving thought instead to concocted maybe this and maybe that over the real and present danger the killings indicate.
There is no shortage of experts in Jamaica, everyone has hifalutin idealistic twenty-second-century ideas [sic]on what to do to rein in this murder-monster.
In the ridiculous muddle of lawyers, philosophers, politicos and others who have no business shaping policy but does anyway, amidst the omnipresent wannabes, they all miss a crucial fact.
We are living in the twenty-first century, our problems require fixes of now, not [super galactical fixes of the mythical star-trek type].
Our country has become far too enamored with the ideals of the developed world which we are not yet ready for. We have taken on a mentality befitting Scandinavia. Societies built on wealth accumulated through centuries of African exploitation, racial homogenous societies, societies which first established the rule of law as the bulwark of their foundations.
Most western European societies established the rule of law as their foundations, they are wealthy states which do not welcome new and different people into their societies.
Those societies are bound to have low crime.
Jamaica has decided to emulate those countries and is apt to point to their law enforcement methods without understanding the fundamentals which are behind the low crime rates in western Europe and particularly in the Scandinavian region.
In a sentence, after 55 years Jamaica has demonstrated an unwillingness to establish the rule of law as the foundation for our parliamentary democracy but wants to have the relative tranquility of the states which have.
In essence, like most of the African nations still struggling to shake off the last vestiges of their colonialist past Jamaica’s political leaders too have failed miserably at figuring out how to set the country on a sustainable path forward.
Our country is at a crossroads, now is the time, if ever at all we are going to arrest the decline we must do so now.
The country is awash in high powered weapons and a seemingly endless supply of ammunition. In 2010 we witnessed that there were the desire and the capability among elements of the society to challenge the constitutionally elected government through force of arms.
Prior to that and since then administrations of both political parties have been derelict in fulfilling their responsibilities and in many cases may be characterized as co-conspirators in the wave of crime which continue to wash over the country taking the final underpinnings of the country we once knew.