On air: How do we explain this surge in violence in Jamaica?
Christopher 'Dudus' Coke does not crave media attention, he goes about his business quietly and is benefactor to some of Jamaica's poorest. Sounds pretty noble to me.
Yesterday, the Jamaica Government placed the capital Kingston under a State of Public Emergency in response to acts of anarchy by gunmen determined to prevent alleged drug baron Christopher 'Dudus' Coke from being arrested for possible extradition to the United States.
This letter to the Jamaican Gleaner shows that many citizens are fed up with Jamaica's national interests coming second;
'For too long, countries like Jamaica have played the game in the interest of the developed world, jumping to their every beat without understanding what is in its national interest. While I am not upholding criminality and believe that criminals must be eliminated, Jamaica needs to look at what is happening in Mexico and its battle with the drug lords. Is that an effective crime-fighting strategy? Whose interest does this bloodbath strategy serve?
...Yes, Jamaica's laws must be enforced and order must be restored. However, if it takes 20 years to arrest Dudus at his relatively youthful age of 41 without the loss of one innocent life, that is what it should take. Remember, most so-called dons do not live in the community where they exercise their 'donmanship'. '
Is this a case of imperialistic bullying as Mervin Stoddart writes here? Or do you agree with Liz-Marie Acheme that this is the push that Jamaicans need to take responsibility for the state of their country?