Editorial

This barbarity must end! Get rid of the scum!

Friday, January 31, 2014    

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Early Wednesday morning, Jamaica was subjected to the latest episode in what is now a long-running series on evil that has badly scarred this country.

Wicked, heartless scum invaded the home of a 34-year-old woman, Ms Rosemarie Wilson, and her common-law husband Mr Junior Pinniler, a 44-year-old farmer, in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, and shot them dead in front of their children.

To say we are appalled is an understatement. But what worries us more is the fact that this kind of atrocity is not new to Jamaica.

We have, in the past, seen too many similar acts that have left families to grieve, made orphans of children, and created fear in entire communities.

Sadly, far too many of us have become inured to such atrocities and regard them as just another case of madness, especially when we are not affected by the insanity.

It is obvious that there are some persons in this country who place no value on human life and who believe that theirs is the authority to deny others of that most basic human right.

We have argued in this space before, and will continue to do so, that the persons who are so misguided should be stripped of the comfort of membership in a free society.

As far as we are concerned, people who engage in the act of taking the lives of others have forfeited their right to freedom and should remain guests of the State without the possibility of parole.

But for us to effectively punish individuals, like the brutes who cut short the lives of Ms Wilson and Mr Pinniler on Wednesday, all law-abiding Jamaicans must commit to taking our country back from the clutches of the criminals.

That means that the people who are now protecting these terrorists need to stop -- relatives, friends, professionals who help them launder or conceal their blood money, everyone who is so compromised.

We will forever lament the opportunity lost by the State in the aftermath of the May 2010 security forces' operation in Tivoli Gardens.

The gains made by the security forces against crime because of the Limited State of Emergency declared at that time were eroded by the then Opposition's refusal to agree to an extension of the measure.

Jamaica is now experiencing the result of that politically motivated stand as the evil criminals, who were in retreat because of the State of Emergency, are now unleashing mayhem in communities across the country.

We reiterate our support for Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's recent call for Jamaicans to unite against crime and for communities to take a more active role in this effort.

Our security forces, we hold, need greater legislative, material, and personnel support if we are to again make any meaningful gains against the terrorists.

If that means that we have to give up some civil liberties until this problem is brought under control, we should be prepared to do so.

What we know for sure, though, is that what now obtains should not be allowed to go unchecked.

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