TO CONQUER THE marauding GANGS
We must not fall for decep-tive optimism.
Gangs have proactive suc-cession.
Innocent people are being targeted.
time gangs can decide who lives where, and they can intimidate
people to the point where they leave their homesvowing
never to returnthat is a tragedy unlimited.
When gangs can tell an extended family that everybody must
die and die painfully, then they are winning the battle.
Why do we allow these thugs to rule our lives and call the
They call the shots outside the prison walls and inside
the prison walls. They have satellites in America who call
the shots from Uncle Sams territory. They have satellites
in Colombia who demand body parts to evaluate loyalty.
When grandchildren are growing up in a world where shocking
disclosures await them and where they will eventually discover
that they are fatherless, that is tragedy unlimited.
While we wish to live in perpetual hope, we must not fall
for deceptive optimism. Deceptive optimism is hope based
on misinformation. It is a kind of hypnotism that hijacks
your sanity, making you feel that you are safe when you
are on the brink of severe danger.
We have a battle on our hands and we have no choice, we
must win. Yes, we are losing now, but we have to decide
to win. Let us face a recent fact: the pastor/police debacle
could never enhance the image of the Police Service. This
was as shocking as it was painful: police shoots pastor.
We have a battle on our hands, especially since gangs have
proactive succession planning. Gangs, like Nokia, understand
that the best way to improve an organisation is to multiply
products and services and thinking outside the box.
The murder rate is kicking up a storm and polishes the concept
that all we are is dust in the wind. Our will
is being broken by these marauding, full-sized mosquitoes
sucking our blood at sunrise as well as sunset.
We have a female taxi-driver missing and then her body is
found. Hello there, there is a dangerous trend where women
are being abducted in broad daylight. Husbands are looking
for their wives and cannot find them. Think of the pain
the family of Abbigail Joseph has experienced during the
past two weeks.
Sons and daughters are waiting for a parent to pick them
up after school, a parent that they may never see except
in a coffin; unless there is a miracle where the forces
of righteousness overcome the forces of evil.
We need leaders who will inspire our youth to maximise their
potential, who will challenge parents to keep hope aliveto
keep dreaming, to inject real hope. We need leaders who
will engage in real discussions on constitutional reform.
We are a nation under siege, where bonding is limited. We
live in a nation where we are raping the forests like intoxicated
ruthless pimps. We live in a nation where the truth about
our health institutions is concealed.
Some of our real estate developers are plundering our natural
resources and the Government and the EMA seem powerless.
In fact, the million-dollar real estate honchos literally
do what they want, and start projects without approval.
Our independence celebration was marred by tragedy, bodies
floating, insensitive hooligans disturbing our peace. Bodies
in the forests, skulls under trees, men and women stabbing
people. Hired assassins are torturing their victims. Why?
These overgrown cockroaches believe that there will never
come a time when we would unite and dynamite them. They
believe that there will never be a time when plurality will
be seen as a blessing and adversarial politics as a curse.
Now is the time for the PNM, UNC, COP, Syrians, French Creoles,
Chinese, Indo and Afro-Trinidadians, rich and poor, landlords
and the homeless to stand for truth and justice. Capitalists
and socialists must find common ground and build a platform
to make bandits feel uncomfortable.
The reasons we give for our actions are an exercise in futility.
One of the sins is the constant postponing of local government
elections. The Government should and must know that you
cannot destroy confidence and unite a nation in the fight
After our confidence has been shattered, we are hearing
about a 170-page document. Where did that document come
from? Does it contain the term executive president? Would
we have a fixed date for elections and mandate that no prime
minister serves more than two terms? Would it give real
empowerment to local government agencies?
We have a major fiasco called dengue. This is not childs
stuff, this is very serious business, and private as well
as public hospitals are trying to grapple with the increasing
Now it is true that we are indisciplined and this spills
over into how we manage the environment. You still see people
tossing empty bottles from cars. We clog the drains, we
have breeding grounds that we multiply in our immediate
Governance has broken down. There is a collapse that sees
innocent people being targeted. So innocent people are uncomfortable
while rotten folks are creating a comfort zone for themselves.
It is wrong to be right, and it is right to be wrong. Look
at the increasing number of pornographic rings in the community.
Again you have the distasteful situation of older men luring
young girls into their dirty, destructive events.
But these rings are hooked to other rings including guns,
drugs, gambling etc. Then you are shocked almost beyond
survival. Some of these men have friends in the Police Service
and pay retainer fees for some of the best legal minds.
Responsible citizens who experience constant attacks can
no longer anticipate an efficient, dynamic response. This
is a tragic and unjust situation. The crooks appear to be
able to purchase favours while responsible citizens are
Beyond Fitun and Natuc, we need help. The PSA appears to
be upset claiming a lack of consultation. The society can
be characterised as having a networking bankruptcy. It seems
difficult to collaborate, to unite to pursue a common goal.
We have to rise above our differences if we are to save
our communities from the marauding gangs.
Now is the time to conquer these parasites. It is now or
never and faith in God is not optional but compulsory.