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Pointless, stupid to politicise crime

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Monday, June 4, 2018

I just cannot understand why the Opposition or their sympathisers, who enjoy the privilege to be heard or read, through newspaper columns, are still trying to politicise the crime situation by blaming the Government and the Minister of National Security in particular.

It seems to be the mantra of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, with every opportunity she has, since being in that position. It is not going to help her chances of returning to office, if that’s what she believes.

Instead, the public is frowning over her hypocrisy. It was her ‘policies” which were responsible for the dismantling of all the apparatus initiated by the Patrick Manning regime with respect to national security, based on whatever “advice” she would’ve received then. The chickens are now coming home to roost.

Because of her, we have no OPVs, since according to her, “the war is not in the sea, but on the land”. That was one of the most foolish comments ever made by a Prime Minister relating to crime in this country.

We have a situation today where the gun is the main weapon of choice used by murderers in this country. More guns, ammunition, drugs and illegal Venezuelans are entering this country with impunity than ever before, thanks to our unprotected borders.

With what is taking place in Venezuela today, more of those activities are likely to take place, with desperate Venezuelans entering our shores to do “trading” with our citizens, who are just as eager to do “business” with these “traders” from across the border. Survival is the name of the game for our Spanish speaking neighbours and they will do whatever it takes to survive right now.

Is the Opposition Leader aware of this reality? Or is she too preoccupied with playing this foolish blame game?

The question that not one single media reporter is yet to ask Mrs Persad-Bissessar, is: “What crime method did your government use which saw the success that could’ve been maintained by the TTPS, three years after?”

The UNC doesn’t have a “success story” to tell us during their tenure, so what will they do differently if they are to return to office in the morning? All this foolish rhetoric is just tiresome, but which is set out to “impress” the ignorant and those who are not fans of the Government in office, and echoed by writers of editorials or columns or radio hosts.

So far for this year, there are almost 230 murders already, and not even as high as 10 per cent are solved or have resulted in arrests of the perpetrators.

Who has the responsibility of detecting murders? Is it Edmund Dillon or the police? So why are the police left “unscathed” in all of this? This has been the stark reality for more than a decade.

What can be a most powerful deterrent to crime than detection? Why is our detection rate so piss poor, in this modern day? My suggestion is that we start identifying suspects of crime and not wait till they appear before the court for their identity to then be known. Let’s know their names and see their faces so that they cannot hide or casually intermingle among us because a law is protecting them from being known as suspects. These killers literally get away with murder because they know they’re not caught. They’re fearless as a result of this fact.

In one of his weekly rantings through his columns, Ralph Maraj stated that “Rowley doesn’t care” about the murderous culture in the country. Why will he not care, especially when the main perpetrators and victims are people looking like him, from the black community? Who cares more about the fact that black youths are murdering each other senselessly each day as if it’s a fun game? Ralph Maraj? Kamla Persad-Bissessar or Roodal Moonilal?

While Ralph Maraj was thinking about that piece of bile he viciously and venomously writes each week, the Prime Minister was probably holding talks with the head of the Australian Federal Police and discussing the purchasing of a patrol vessel for our Coast Guard, with shipbuilders there.

It is time we in this country, especially those who enjoy posing as “intellectuals”, learn to act like sensible intellectuals and mature individuals and end this foolish game of making “political hay” off of the crime situation. Give any of them the opportunity to sit where Edmund Dillon or the Prime Minister is and the situation will be no different.

This is a war that will be an ongoing task, which needs maturity, commitment, suggestions and the input of all right-thinking citizens, not political gamesmanship. That never solves the problem.

GARVIN WALTERS
 

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