is protecting us?
Prince more of a target for in-surgents.
Soldiers engage in more dress-up and gran charge than
Homeland security not about soldiers and jails.
run run run
Everybody scatter scatter
Some people lost some bread
Some one nearly die
Some one just die
Police dey come, Army dey come
Seven minutes later
All done cool down, brother
Police don go away
Army don disappear
Dem leave sorrow, tears and blood
Dem regular trade mark
Tears and Blood, Fela KutiZombie nah go kill
Unless you tell am to kill
Zombie nah go stop
Unless you tell am to stop
Go and kill
Go and die
Not that Im a fan of the British royal family or anything,
but it was quite interesting to note that Prince Harry, son
of the soon to be king, was being sent to Iraq to kill.
Its heartening, at least, for all those mothers now
mourning their dead sons that its not just poor peoples
children being sent to kill other poor peoples children.
Of course the fact that hes so high-profile makes him
and his Blues and Royals regiment even more of a target for
It would be the ultimate scalp really. Anti-West fundamentalists
around the world would rejoice. Kind of like I would if the
EMA would actually grow some testicles and turn down Alutrints
Certificate of Environmental Clearance.
But I digress.
I wonder what the delightfully melancholy Princess Di would
have said about her boy child being sent to kill people? After
she devoted so much of her life to being a poster girl for
clean white folks in well-starched safari outfits embracing
the unclean, the maimed, the fly-ridden children of the world?
Only for her son to become a certified killing machine.
I guess thats the chance you take as a parent. You dont
make their minds, no matter how well you try to shape them.
I mean, who watches their sweet powder-smelling popo and says,
ah yes, this ones going to be one hell of a killer?
My verdict is still out on how I feel about the value of soldiers.
On one hand they are state-paid strongmen and I stand in solidarity
with feminists all over the world who say take money from
the military and give it to mothers. On the other hand, perhaps
a soldier also plays an important role as freedom fighter.
But that all depends on who is giving the orders. And whose
version of freedom were going for.
I feel the same way about the police, security helicopters,
the blimp and all the other accoutrements the State has come
up with to supposedly protect us.
But it seems like our soldiers engage in more dress-up and
gran charge than defending our patrimony.
This month marks another anniversary of the 1970 Black Power
revolution which climaxed in April with a mutiny of members
of the Defence Force after the original Big Daddy Eric Williams
declared a state of emergency to deal with the revolting natives.
Come to think of it, that mutiny was probably one of the most
noble things ever to be done by the protective services in
These days I see soldiers in City Gate and I wonder if theyre
there to protect me or kill me if I get out of line.
And from reading the blogs of Iraqis, I get the feeling that
they have the same questions about whether the allied forces
are there to free them or simply to make it possible for Dubya
to get his grubby hands on their black gold.
So the Commissioner of Police will act all pleased with himself
that the Carnival was incident-free. And everybody will jump
up and say ray. Well allow me to lead the chorus of boos.
Because I saw lots of incidents.
I saw lots of incidents of Trinidad protective services intimidating
regular citizens, strong-arming people who were trying to
enjoy their Carnival.
Between the annoyingly ever-present blimp and security helicopters
hovering like a bad dream, I didnt feel safe. I felt
like I was in a war zone. Where the people are the insurgents
and the police and soldiers are trying to protect us from
This is not the kind of security we need. And I feel like
a stuck record saying again that homeland security is not
about how many soldiers and how many jails and how many blimps.
Homeland security is defending your nation against marauders
of all kinds.
Prince Harry speeds off in his Spartan armoured recon vehicle
to defend the rights of the free world but who protects the
regular men, women and children of Iraq?
While the blimp is busy watching for crimes in progress, who
is watching how to stop them from starting at all?