As Mexican troops moved in to arrest Ovidio Guzman Lopez, Mexican narco King, and one of the sons of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman serving time in an American Prison, armed gunmen surrounded the soldiers forcing the release of Guzman who was being arrested on an American extradition warrant.
Sounds eerily like Déjà vu, where have we heard this before?
The soldiers were humiliated, as events unfolded in Culiacan the stronghold of the Sinaloa Cartel, but not as much as the Government of President Manuel Lopez Obrador.
*Ironically, Lopez Obrador has been highly critical of what he calls the militarized approach to law enforcement by his predecessors, according to the Los Angeles Times.
*In our own Jamaica, we have heard the very same idiotic arguments proffered by some in the highest leadership positions.
In other words, they want to put an end to the stark and rampant violence and killing in our country but they want to do so with feathered gloves and powdered handkerchiefs.
When the house is on fire, you want water or foam to put it out, and it requires skilled firemen, not talkers and pontificates.
The Mexican gangs went around the city setting fires to vehicles and blocking the egress of the soldiers. Several soldiers were disarmed and pacified by the heavily armed gangs.
In a weak attempt at face-saving Mexico’s Security Secretary AlfansoDurazo said: “There was no pact with criminals, there is no failed state.” “There was a failed operation.” Typical politician, it is remarkable how they manage to blame the security forces when they fuck up and allow criminals to gain control.
The equally pathetic Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio blamed the group of security officials for what he called eagerness to pursue Guzman without authorization from supervisors.
Those who are rational fair and awake will remember that Jamaican authorities did the very same thing after the security forces valiantly annexed the lawless Tivoli Gardens to Jamaica, instead of receiving a ticker-tape parade they received a tongue lashing by the dirtbags in government who are totally unworthy of the positions they held. As if their disgusting response wasn’t bad enough, they brought in a foreigner in the person of a former Bajan jurist, to further disrespect our security forces.
There was a reported 60 security officers in a convoy of vehicles and they were easily overpowered.
Mexico’s security cabinet decided to call off the operation allegedly with the goal of ( get this), “safeguarding the well-being and tranquility of Culiacan society.“
If this wasn’t so stupid it would be funny. the tranquility of a city run by narco-terrorists and gangsters.
It was just the previous Monday that narco-terrorists had murdered 14 police officers in the state of Michoacan.
According to reports, convoys of trucks driven by masked gunmen patrolled the city center, at least one of the mounted with a .50-caliber machine gun. They seized and set fire to dozens of vehicles including a bus and a police car, and blocking at least 14 roads.
The specter of armed gangsters parading the streets of Kingston before the security forces went into Tivoli Gardens is still fresh in the minds of many Jamaicans. After all, it was just nine (9) years ago.
One Mexican woman bemoaned what she characterized as the government’s surrender. “The people who really are in charge here are the narcos”.
As are the gangsters in Jamaica!
In response to the shocking humiliation of the security forces, the Mexican President said: “The capture of one criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of people”.
It is the language being used today even as crime continues to escalate in Jamaica. This year alone, over a thousand people have been murdered with over two months to go in the year.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, told a group of people who surrounded him complaining about the police, that the police may have caught a criminal, but they alienated the community. Imagine a lawless Jamaican criminal-loving inner-city community being alienated from the rule of law?
No other Jamaican Prime Minister has so immersed himself into the day to day affairs of law ‑enforcement, in which he has no business, as Andrew Holness has. As such he will bear the full responsibility for the continued erosion of the rule of law in our country.
That is the kind of talk the Mexican President and Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio used against their own security forces, instead of laying blame where it belongs with the blood-thirsty narco-terrorists.
In recent weeks the Jamaican Justice Minister Delroy Chuck lampooned the security forces for arresting Ruel Reid and others of their clique on corruption charges.
Chuck, who had no idea what the evidence was against Reid when he spoke, and whose daughter, an attorney, is representing Ruel Reid, berated the police for making the arrest.
He has since withdrawn the broadside but the damage was done.
Additionally, the youth arm of the ruling JLP also came out and accused the police of wrong-doing even though there has been no evidence of any wrong-doing so far.
The Jamaican Government of the day, as has the one before it, continued to misuse and abuse the security forces in an attempt to continue the ineptitude of the investigative capability of the police.
It continues to promote to senior positions in the JCF, men, and women who are incapable of formulating a crime strategy, much less executing one under command.
As a consequence, the JCF is a top-heavy low capability force. As was the situation, two and three decades ago, the JCF use workhorse officers to suppress out of control hot-spots, while recently promoted senior officers sit in cushy offices.
Well-know commanders who have a proven track record of success are passed over for promotions, while lackeys and lapdogs receive promotions to positions they cannot justify.
As the blood-letting continues in Saint Andrew South, for example, this publication wishes the newly installed commander, Superintendent Wayne Cameron all the best in this new command.
Superintendent Cameron’s intellect and stellar command successes in Portland, Manchester, and places beyond, were enough to get him thrown into the morass of Saint Andrew South.
Those very same attributes were not enough to get him promoted in the last go-around, nor the time before that, nor the time before.
We wish you well Wayne Cameron.….…
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