Obama vs Golding: Jamaica loses
I read where Barack Obama, president of the United States of America (USA), has designated Jamaica a narcotics transit country. The Obama administration is claiming that Jamaica is not serious about fighting transnational crime and is corrupt by not charging public officials. This is coupled with the undue delay in the extradition of Christopher Coke.
The reality is that Jamaica has far more to lose than Obama or Golding. Jamaica is a country with eight consecutive quarters of negative growth, and last year was the worst year in our history in terms of the number of murders, and the corruption index is getting worse, and we are fighting a battle with our major trading partner and a country which could be helpful to us in the fight against crime.
The prime minister should test his claims in the courts or seek the help of the Organisation of American States or the United Nations, but a stalemate is not good for Jamaica's socio-economic future.
A member of parliament who is supportive of Golding's position told me that the wiretaps were done by Jamaican security officials.
Many persons are commenting on the Extradition treaty with Jamaica without reading the treaty, which was signed in 1983 by Winston Spaulding, then minister of national security, and US ambassador to Jamaica William 'Bill' Hewitt.
But even if the PM has good grounds and the USA is being unfair, how do we fight the most powerful economy in the world? Get an arbiter.
The revocation of US visas might become minor when compared with other actions from the USA Congress and the Obama administration through its State Department.
Stead Williams, in a letter to the editor (March 6) in support of the PM, is against the route of the courts and likened the treatment of Coke to Jesus when he wrote, "I trust that Rev Dr Devon Dick will notice that this was how Jesus was railroaded."
This is a most unfortunate comparison. We should note that Jesus gave up his life for the benefit of all and subjected himself to an unfair justice system.
So there is no salvation for Jamaicans while Obama and Golding spar, instead, Jah kingdom goes to waste and Jamaica stands only to lose.
Devon Dick is pastor of the Boulevard Baptist Church and author of 'The Cross and the Machete: Native Baptists of Jamaica - Identity, Ministry and Legacy'. Feedback may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org