Mexico & Jamaica’s March Into Failed Statehood…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.….…


Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, a busi­ness own­er, avid researcher, and blog­ger. 
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