Seven murders in two days. Madness! What is behind this bloodletting? Have we lost all sense of reason and restraint? Who is doing this killing and why are they still walking around upright? Where did this violence come from? Who created the gang culture? Who funded it? And why? Was it some egomaniac politician's 'private' army in case he had to wage war on the state?
It seems as if guns and drugs were being allowed to flow through this country like salt, and now that holes are being plugged, state contracts taken away from gangsters and territory reclaimed by law enforcement, the deviant class is fighting each other for spoils. What can the protective services do?
Zero tolerance on crime. Keep pressing. Keep pushing. It is working. This is horrendous. These stats are mind boggling.
Would an election solve the problem? Of course not, as bad as it is it was much worse under the PNM, only we Trinis have short memories.
Ignore the few shriekers from Goodwood Park and Valsayn who still nursing tabanca for their own lost contracts, drug and money laundering operations or prestige position when the last government was in power. They didn't speak the truth then about the poverty and squalor and gang culture coming out of the PNM diehard communities of Morvant, Beetham, Laventille, Sea Lots, Port of Spain South, Covigne, Richplain and Bagatelle, so why should they speak the truth now? Why weren't they shrieking when the murder rate was 550 and climbing under Manning? Because they had life nice?
"Bring the rain" is a slang phrase used by members of the United States military forces, another way to say unleash hell.
Does the government have the answer? They have to say. Surely there are weapons that can be deployed. Constant road blocks and police posts. Breathalyzers, and stop and frisk. Random shakedowns of blocks, neighbourhoods and persons regardless of race, colour, creed or class. If you do the crime, regardless of who you are or who your daddy is, you do the time.
Will a state of emergency help? You decide. The state oil company is only now recovering from eleven sabotage oil spills designed to terrorize the population and destabilize the government.
We've been here before. The last time the PNM was this badly beaten and floundering there was an attempted coup, preceded by much destabilizing and rancour. Only problem is this time the population is happy, well off and comfortable, so they have no interest in joining the new SOPO or marching to anyone's drum.
So the anti government forces must act. They must cause us to think that we have problems by causing problems. They don't care about fish or fowl, you or me, if oil has to spill to make the government look bad, oil has to spill. If people have to die to frighten the public then people have to die.
The government needs to declare war on crime and mean it.
The 15,000 men and women of our armed forces need to bring the rain.
The criminal element must be given no quarter. Enforce every law on the statutes. Go into bars and restaurants and check their books against their stocks to see who are fronting money laundering operations. Install Customs and Excise on every yacht club and pleasure boat facility and search every person who steps off a boat. Deploy the Coast Guard to close the waterways and channel all traffic through their control.
Unstuff every container on the port, open every box, open every bag.
We can fight this war and we can win it.
Zero tolerance on crime of any sort. Zero tolerance on violent crime.
We have a minister of national security trained in urban warfare. He should be allowed to do what he knows best.
It is time to push back. It is time to break the backs of the criminal class. It is time to rip out the underworld and abort their enterprises.
Request international assistance. Bring in Scotland Yard, the FBI and anyone else who can make light work of the heavy lifting of investigative deduction.
Unleash firepower on the hot spots to suppress and restrain.
Time to rip this crime scourge out by its entrails and kill it dead.
Mr Minster of National Security, bring the rain.
Phillip Edward Alexander
Social and Political Activist