In a war, you are destined to lose if you are queasy about killing the enemy who has no compunction about killing you.
You are already a victim when you show weakness, bullies thrive on your fear, they can smell it, they hear that you don’t want to use commensurate or overwhelming force to squash them.
So their next killing is more brazen, more brutal, more I don’t give a crap.
How does government counter that?
By using overwhelming force to send a message that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
That ought to be a message to the naysayers who argue all folks like me want to see is more blood.
I have never seen anyone win a war by begging the enemy not to wage war on them.
Make no mistake about it, what is happening in Jamaica is not merely crime as the lying faux nationalists would have you believe. We are actively engaged in a state of undeclared civil war. The guys with the heavy automatic guns doing the killings certainly think so.
The average of 4 dead bodies per day certainly indicates that we are indeed in a state of undeclared civil war.
We can accept those facts, or we can continue the nonsensical charade that everything is fine and dandy.
In fact, we can do as Ed Bartlett the Island’s Tourism Minister wants, hide the murder statistics from the front page of local publications, hide the blood splatter on our clothes, as we stand grinning, hand extended in greeting to the tourists disembarking the mammoth cruise ships.
Why would a country fight a war by placing restraints on itself, when the enemy follows no rules and are constrained by no values? That’s a question for the Jamaican government and people, two entities which create all kinds of obstacles that hinder their own ability to deal effectively with this monster.
“Never engage in a war you can potentially lose.”
If you have to fight, take all of your weapons to the battlefield, use them, win the war and go home”.
To those who say we cannot use war to get peace I say this. The world was thrust into the first world war in the year 1914, in that war, over 16 million died, including Jamaicans who fought on the side of their oppressors the British Empire. The war lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
By 1939 the world was once again engulfed in another global conflict, world war two had broken out.
World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history, over 60 million lost their lives.
Before the war ended the United States detonated two atomic devices. One in the Japanese city of Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki. An estimated 226. 000 people perished as a result of those two events, with estimates of over half of that number perishing on the first day of the bombings.
The end of Sino-German world ambitions resulted in the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a western alliance which basically says – you mess with one you mess with all of us.
Under the new alliance, no new Hitler could take it unto himself to march into Poland or France without incurring serious blowback from member states.
Since 1945 the world has not had a conflict which engulfed the entire planet as both world wars one and two had. There was only a lapse of 21 years between the end of WW1 in 1918 and the beginning of WW11 in 1939.
There have been no other world wars since the end of WW11 and present day 2017, a stunning 72 years of relative peace through strength and determination.
Sure the counter arguments about the massive loss of Japanese lives are not without merit.
To the United States and the powers battling Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito however, using the bomb saved the lives of countless people who did not start the war.
America could have kept the bomb and sent countless young American GIs to their deaths.
President Truman decided he could not in good conscience tell their parents they died for a good cause when he had the means to end the war.
He took the decision many would have abdicated and since then we have not had another worldwide conflagration.
Jamaica has the means to deal decisively with the little murdering terrorists running around gunning down innocent people. What it lacks is the will and courage to do what must be done so that the country may live in relative peace and begin the task of building prosperity.
By Mike Beckles – Check out his blog HERE
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