This Is War, PNP Must Join The Fight Against Crime Or Be Relegated To The Dustbin Of History

It is not the role of the gov­ern­ment to craft crime strate­gies. Government’s role is to con­sult with law enforce­ment on whats best to aid them in their efforts against law­break­ers. That is not to say that law enforce­ment should be the only inter­est group con­sult­ed on leg­is­la­tion, hav­ing wide con­sul­ta­tion gen­er­al­ly result in bet­ter more bal­anced leg­is­la­tion. Too much con­sul­ta­tion and def­er­ence results in bad laws. No input from law enforce­ment offi­cers is ridicu­lous, dis­re­spect­ful and bound to fail as have been the case in much of the laws passed in Jamaica in recent times. When politi­cians craft strate­gies pol­i­tics gets involved and the results are gen­er­al­ly slant­ed in their own inter­est.

One of the under­ly­ing prob­lems in our coun­try is the gen­er­al dis­re­spect which law­mak­ers have for mem­bers of the law enforce­ment com­mu­ni­ty. That is true of both polit­i­cal par­ties. That dis­re­spect may be traced to three bul­let points. (1) Politicians need the police to fail in order to main­tain con­trol of exist­ing gar­risons and grow oth­ers. (2) Politicians are gen­er­al­ly arro­gant self-absorbed nar­cis­sists who believe they and they alone have all the answers. (3) Members of the Police high com­mand from whom sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion and crit­i­cal data would be expect­ed in detail, pros and cons includ­ed, have allowed them­selves to be lap­dogs to the polit­i­cal class to the extent that they have no author­i­ty.

A sim­i­lar exam­ple of the dis­re­spect and dem­a­goguery of which I speak are play­ing out in the United States today. In order to break the laws with impuni­ty, those who seek to tear down the struc­tures of demo­c­ra­t­ic nations must first destroy the con­fi­dence of cit­i­zens in those struc­tures and insti­tu­tions to be effec­tive and trust­wor­thy.

Changes In Leadership, Crime Plans, Approaches, I Say Throw Out Everything.

As I have said before the issue of vio­lent crime in Jamaica has long passed the stage where it is mere­ly crime, the coun­try is in an exis­ten­tial fight for its very soul.
A few days ago I wrote that the mil­i­taris­tic assaults the nation is expe­ri­enc­ing from the gang­sters are a pre­cur­sor to a larg­er event to come.
Stunningly a day lat­er the Prime Minister In a release Friday after­noon said, “Jamaica is now beyond a pub­lic order issue or street lev­el crime”.

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This has been my argu­ment all along, the Prime Minister wants more anti-crime laws, unfor­tu­nate­ly, there will be no change in the num­ber of killings with more laws, what is need­ed is a 180-degree men­tal turn­around.
Jamaica is a crim­i­nal lov­ing soci­ety, there is no deny­ing it, as a con­se­quence, it is incred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to break the back­bone of crime.

Even those who reap no ben­e­fits from crime are huge­ly sym­pa­thet­ic to crime fig­ures, the more infa­mous the mur­der­ers, the more seg­ments of the soci­ety clam­or for their atten­tion. Even the so-called edu­cat­ed make excus­es for them, they teach col­lege cours­es jus­ti­fy­ing their behav­ior and in some instances, they active­ly san­i­tize their sor­did his­to­ry by blam­ing the police for their demon­ic actions.
(see the: http://​www​.ober​lin​lib​staff​.com/​o​m​e​k​a​_​p​r​o​j​e​c​t​s​/​e​x​h​i​b​i​t​s​/​s​h​o​w​/​r​a​d​i​c​a​l​-​t​h​i​n​k​e​r​s​-​a​n​d​-​m​o​v​e​m​e​n​t​s​/​r​a​s​t​a​f​a​r​i​-​a​n​d​-​r​e​g​g​a​e​/​o​p​p​r​e​s​s​ion – the-coral-gar­dens-)
They even bring them into their uni­ver­si­ty to give lec­tures, there­by rais­ing their pro­files and giv­ing them legit­i­ma­cy.
The soci­ety then won­der why the vast major­i­ty of young men are not get­ting an edu­ca­tion but are choos­ing lives of crime?
Why would they, when the can become rich overnight, have immense pow­er derived through the bar­rel of a gun and have all of the crea­ture com­forts and trap­pings of mod­ern soci­ety by becom­ing gang­sters?

As a con­se­quence, those who are tasked with uproot­ing the crim­i­nal empires are auto­mat­i­cal­ly viewed as pub­lic ene­my num­ber one. This Orwellian con­cept of the rule of law has seen our coun­try devolve from a gen­uine Utopian par­adise, the pearl of the Caribbean, into a dystopi­an night­mare from which over 90% of its cit­i­zens want to flee.

I must acknowl­edge the Prime Minister for this state­ment, I hope this is not a flash in the pan, hope­ful­ly, the Prime Minister and oth­ers around him are final­ly open­ing their eyes to the grim real­i­ty of what is hap­pen­ing.
The state­ment was mak­ing ref­er­ence to what Jamaica House calls a threat to the very foun­da­tion of the Jamaican State and the peace and secu­ri­ty of cit­i­zens.
This writer has been say­ing this for years, long before the events of 2010, it is now 2018 and the Jamaican Prime Minister seem­ing­ly is just awak­en­ing to those stark real­i­ties.

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This admin­is­tra­tion came to office with­out a fea­si­ble crime plan. The PNP Administration nev­er cared about crime. The par­ty and its func­tionar­ies are far too heav­i­ly invest­ed in crime and it’s bul­wark as a means to state pow­er to care.
As such the nation should expect that the PNP will con­tin­ue to make straw­man argu­ments about human rights as the rea­son they can­not sup­port strong mean­ing­ful leg­is­la­tion which will empow­er the secu­ri­ty forces to deal effec­tive­ly with this scourge.

The PNP has con­sis­tent­ly used that log­ic, under­stand­ing full well that- that argu­ment has much res­o­nance with the crim­i­nal under­world, many res­i­dents of under­served gar­ri­son com­mu­ni­ties and the huge pha­lanx of crim­i­nal rights lob­by on the Island.
It is now time for intel­li­gent and patri­ot­ic Jamaicans to demand that the People’s National Party sup­port the Government’s lead in sav­ing the coun­try, fail­ing which the par­ty must be sent to the dust­bin of his­to­ry.