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Politicising 'the Dudus affair'

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor,

It is difficult to find objectivity now that the 'Dudus' Coke issue has become politicised by the press and Opposition alike, despite the prime minister's attempt to keep it in the middle with his statement on Tuesday: "Who next? ... it could be me, you or anybody."

Nonetheless, the case has been welded solidly as the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) defence of their own so-called strongman holding up in Tivoli Gardens, the prime minister's stronghold. Based on the seemingly comprehensive
International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
from the Americans, on the face of it, the Jamaican position seems to be without merit.

But our own Dorothy Lightbourne has said repeatedly that her ministry requested additional information from the USA to complete their work. Now however, the public has the impression that those additional requests are not forthcoming because the USA has simply brushed that aside, reprimanding the Government instead.

Lion and the mouse

The Americans have taken their case to the public for judgement. So Jamaica should hear the details of the outstanding requests. We may conclude that if all the conditions are met, the extradition will proceed. But I feel sure that if the shoe were on the other foot, no American would be coming to a Jamaican court. It is the case of the lion and the mouse.

In another article, Jamaica is included in the world's most notorious 20. But given the current knowledge about drug production, the American report is inaccurate. The Americans are responsible for the commercial expansion of methamphetamine in the latter half of the 20th century. And the bio-development of marijuana today lies solidly at the feet of the Americans. With high-tech farming and millions of acres to monitor, we get the impression from news reports that the USA produces more of the narcotics than they are willing to admit. The report seems to blame everyone else but the USA for America's ills while we continue to suffer because of the Americans' demand for drugs, USA designed or produced guns and the American right to bear arms.

The correct approach

So it would seem to me that, between sovereign nations, the correct approach would be to meet at the table to arrive at the solution rather than shout down to the mouse.

In effect, the PM has cried 'foul' in diplomatic language. The Opposition has allowed its opinion to be politicised and is therefore suspect. And the USA has gone public with its case. The Jamaican government must publish its case and proceed forthwith to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands. Put up or shut up. If America is the big bad wolf, let us see. And if the GOJ is a house of straw men, let us see.

I am, etc.,