I was so happy to read about the GOBs' decision to hire from outside to get or at least start getting a grip on the terror that has been unleashed on the Belizean people. Bringing in an outsider with experience and not indebted to any group, who can clean up the corruption within the police department without caring whose feelings get hurt, whose only job is to have a department that is doing it's job of fighting crime and protecting the innocent, without any political interference, would be a very good start. Of course this person will have to have free rein to clear out the debris that is in the police department, have accountability and be accountable. Someone asked if there would not be resentment from within, tough cucarachas, deal with it or get out. 33 murders so far before Easter, I don't care if they brought someone in from Mars as long as he or she gets the job done.
My second sign of hope is the Preventative Detention Program that has been suggested. Tough times call for tough measures and at least the GOB is trying to find ways to curtail if not control the rampant aggression that is quickly becoming a way of life. To me any political criticism of these measures would be a dereliction of duty to the Belizean people, and unless you can come up with a better idea, shut up!!! This is the time when everybody has to get together to find ways to make the streets safer for our children. The Trial by Judge alone in the case of gang related murders is also a sign that the needs and fears of the people are starting to be addressed. Of course mistakes will be made, but it is till a good start in trying to bring back sanity to the streets.
Finally, I was very proud of the Chinese community in their spontaneous show of outrage against the violence that is affecting them, and also for their refusal to politicize their grief. We should all take a good look at the way they handled the situation and stop whining and start demanding better protection. We are not a colony anymore, we have to learn to fend for ourselves and stop waiting to be taken care of.
Commentary by pele
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