If the January 21st Editorial in the Jamaica Observer weren’t such bullshit, it would be worthy of being featured on comedy hour.
The sheer hypocrisy of the Editorial page dribble was breathtaking, to put it mildly. “Gov’t seemingly bankrupt of ideas on fighting crime.”
[After acknowledging the latest “bloody weekend” in Jamaica, featuring several triple and double murders, totaling 25 people between January 16 and 19, the minister, for the umpteenth time, condemned the brutal killers and promised yet again: “The police intend to increase activities and we are not deterred by these kinds of brazenness.” In addition, the security minister let us know that, before the weekend slaughters, murders were trailing last year’s rate by 18.5 percent. To add insult to injury, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte gave us this gem: “The country has been calling on the State to act, and the State will act. The level of brazenness and utter disregard for lives and public order cannot be accepted.”
We suppose that the country should be completely reassured by the fighting words of Dr. Chang and Mrs. Malahoo Forte, and we should expect the shooters to be quaking in their boots as they scramble to get rid of their guns, take up lawful employment, and start going back to church. It is ridiculous that that is all we can expect from an Administration that continues to bamboozle with words while failing to keep the country safe — the most sacred duty of a Government.
The Government appears at this stage to be bankrupt of ideas to fight crime. Well-intentioned as he is, Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave away the game when he did just what the much-jeered former Security Minister Peter Bunting did in calling for divine intervention].Jamaica Observer.com
Read more here; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/gov-t-seemingly-bankrupt-of-ideas-on-fighting-crime_212759?profile=1100
At the heart of the pickle in which Jamaica now finds itself, lies the Pharisees who wrote the foregone. For decades they cheer led the lionizing of crime figures, while at the same time influencing the two criminal gangs that double as political parties, on how to water down anti-crime legislations. Now that criminals have the upper hand to do as they please, those same arsonists stand there with the gas cans and lighters while criticizing the fire department for not doing enough to put out the blaze.
Jamaica did not get to this stage in which all the authorities can do is issue pre-written absurd statements of resolve; we now have an entire country that was weaned on the idea that they can do as they please, rules be damned.
As a former law enforcement officer, I walked away from the JCF after a mere 91⁄2 years because I realized that in addition to the shitty pay, nothing that I did would make a darn difference because of the culture of lawlessness and corruption in our country.
Jamaica had the opportunity to create a brand new rebirth at the time of the pseudo-Independence declaration in 1962. The truth is that Britain, having emerged from the second world war, battered and broken, was in no position to maintain an empire.
Jamaica did not win her independence; Britain was happy to jettison the Island as it had done other colonies before jamaica.
Instead of kicking the old colonial heathens to the curb, and setting their sights on Republican statehood, Jamaican leaders allowed Britain to retain control of our country’s sovereignty.
Almost fifty-nine (59) years later, Jamaican leaders steadfastly refuse to extricate themselves from the aprons of the vicious colonialists that murdered, raped, and mutilated our fore-parents.
Like leaders across the African continent, Asia, and Latin ‑America, they saw the end of physical colonization as an opportunity to enrich themselves. As a consequence, they opted for lax laws that do precious little to deter criminal conduct.
Today 59-years later, we are at the tipping point on crime; 25 people were murdered between January 16 and 19.
Make no mistake about it; there is no sense of urgency within the population either; after all ‘people get killed everywhere.[sic]
To a large extent, the vast majority of the population has no memory of a peaceful and tranquil nation where the rule of law is respected and applied. No one should expect that there will be any sense of urgency due to those killings; we have been there before. This has been Jamaica for a long time, it will be Jamaica for a long time to come.
This population is not fazed, this is normal to them; nothing matters as long as they are not killed, until they are.….., there is no need to worry. I guess you can’t miss or appreciate what you never had?
Restoring Jamaica to a peaceful place where one can feel safe to raise a family will not be easy. The people would have to be reoriented, reeducated into understanding that they deserve better than the bloodshed and mayhem that surrounds them. That will not be an easy job as I intimated earlier, the majority of the population may be too far gone.
Jamaicans who really crave a life free from the daily bloodletting choose to leave. It is a sad reality, for those who are unable to leave, their existence becomes a deadly game of Russian roulette, never knowing when the round will be rightly positioned to kill.
The people who pull the trigger know that there is support for them at every level of society. Criminals fear the laws in other societies, in Jamaica, the law fears the criminals.
Mike writes for thinkers.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.