You might have guessed it but now it is a fact. The organizers of the CIN lecture series at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY, clearly saw their invitation to Bruce Golding to speak on Tuesday, October 22, as an opportunity for his political rehabilitation. This was to give him a shot at possibly becoming a king-maker in the JLP, especially now that Andrew Holness and Audley Shaw seem set to annihilate each other. The obvious was implicitly stated by no less a person than Stephen Hill, CEO of CIN, during his introduction of Golding. It is hardly likely that Golden Krust, the Observer and First Global (Grace Kennedy) would have had have a problem with such sentiments.
The Schomburg was filled with Golding admirers, thanks to the organizing efforts of the NY chapter of G2K. But Golding didn't have it all his way. Outside the Schomburg were at least a dozen protesters denouncing Golding for his homophobic policies and his role in the Tivoli Gardens massacre.
At least one questioner asked Golding if he didn't think that there should be a Nuremberg-type enquiry into his role in the massacre. Golding cleverly avoided addressing the essence of the question and went on to say that he welcomed an enquiry so long as it wasn't partisan. Clearly he was not thinking of a Nuremberg-type enquiry but a Jamaican one. And though he is the accused, he obviously believes that he has a right to set the terms of how he is investigated!
On that score he may well have had a hand in terms of how the investigation will proceed, because the present government, led by the Bunting/Golding duo, seems quite enamoured with the culture of our national security state apparatus and have shown no inclination to upset that apple cart.
But we repeat. The government has the power to refer the 2010 massacre to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution. Anything less than this is a deliberate attempt to whitewash state terrorism and to ensure its perpetuation.