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Fighting the enemy within

Published:Monday | January 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

I am appalled that our government has not yet awakened to the realities the country faces. The People's National Party and Jamaica Labour Party still do not understand the realities in relation to national security that are enveloping the entire nation.

I make this appeal to the leaders. What will it take for you to wake up and ask for help before the country is totally destroyed? The much talked about drugs-for-guns trade between Haiti and Jamaica seems, from all indications, to be going on unabated while reactive police force and military sit by and let it happen.

Too late

The police force I left in 1991 is doing business the same old way as back then. My urgent appeal is that authorities move to cut off the head of this monster before the mortars and ground-to-air missile launchers arrive as, by then, it will be too late.

The Jamaica Defence Force must stop sitting idly by. there is no country planning an attack on Jamaica and, if there were, the JDF could not repel any attack from outside. The enemy is within and the time has come for the JDF to put the resources at its disposal to make the areas of Salt Spring, St James, Flankers Warieka Hills and all the other areas that have been havens for terrorists for decades safe again.

Suspend laws

I believe that laws relating to habeus corpus should be suspended for a few weeks so that the security forces can move in professionally, taking care of people's rights and possessions. The citizens will understand and have a stake in this, as they have no rights to talk about under the oppressive thumb of these marauding thugs.

Finally, I wonder if the police and military personnel realise how silly they look standing there with long guns after the carnage every time the terroists strike? The terrorists in our country have no fear of getting caught because of the reactive way the security forces are doing their jobs and, yes, sometimes it is not the fault of the politicians.

I am, etc.,

MICHAEL BECKLES

excellence3@verizon.net

Poughkeepsie

New York