Jamaica is at war!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Dear Editor,

My mind pondered that, since Jamaica is already experiencing a paradoxical ebb and flow of success and failure, what would really happen if politicians and their bedfellows were to be really set loose.

For a small so-called paradise it would mean true terrorism, but many don't see it that way. It was quite amusing as the majority of patriotic Jamaicans don't realise the terrorism.

Well, if 'patriotic' is too binary, I supposed survivors would suffice, as we're at war.

Jamaica is at war — the people with each other and ourselves.

We see news of actual wars or civil unrest in far-flung, larger and wealthier states than Jamaica; yet the level of casualties are similar to us.

Here, as a daily occurrence people are killed by association. Children are prey for the very same people they know and the perpetrators are sheltered, given light sentences, or not caught at all. Motorists, especially the current breed of daredevil public passenger operators, risk the lives of commuters with impunity. I'm sure when persons see the trending videos in the Jamaican social media space they think it's fiction.

Not to mention the realisation that the charter of human rights doesn't function. How ironic it is to want responsible citizens, but a tertiary level institution neglects the very same citizens it's turning out. The behaviours engendered here are the same that will proliferate; as it's known that 'nutten nah go happen' — this is just one root of Jamaica's invisible, but very real war.

I remain surprised that the human rights related international aid Jamaica inflows haven't been discontinued or used as a beating stick. We get away with a lot, because if it were elsewhere the people involved would have to resign in disgrace for daring to tarnish the institution's name or become jailbirds, face castration, or the death penalty.

Jamaica has no use for people, who've got no redeeming qualities, that includes social leaders. They only serve to perpetuate the war.

Colette Campbell


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