As the Dudus saga plays itself out in Kingston, two of the questions that remain unanswered are ‘why is the United States pushing so hard?’ and ‘why now?’. The world is full of dons and drug lords, not to mention the fact that the American plate is full with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a billion Muslims who are being encouraged to attack anywhere at anytime. You would think that they had more immediate things to concentrate on.
Yet they continued to poke and push, treating every Jamaican that went through U.S. customs like a criminal, openly questioned the personal honesty of the the Prime Minister Bruce Golding and even suggested that the Jamaican Labor Party were in violation of their mandate to govern Jamaica. In fact, the Americans haven’t even got an Ambassador to Jamaica anymore. Obama has left the position open, a serious diplomatic slap in the face. All of this tension is for the Don of Tivoli Gardens? Something isn’t right. Dudus just isn’t that big of a problem.
The idea that outside interests have manipulated the situation for a long time begins to form when you question the truth of what we are being told. For two years now Dudus has had an excellent run, controlling the docks in Kingston (on Tivoli Gardens turf, and the true value of the constituency) with his buddies running the government. He has grown more powerful than ever before, with so much money that he doesn’t have to rely on politicians for anything. In the old days back in the 1970’s, when the street gangs were first created by the political parties, they had to get their weapons and cash from the JLP or the PNP, but since the cocaine business showed up, that relationship has slowly turned full circle. Now the politicians need the gangs to control the vote, but the gangs don’t need the politicians for support. They have become an independent power.
Tivoli Gardens is a manipulation
To create the outrageous situation
For a ‘legitimate’ American invasion
Sugarcane, bauxite, tourism — all locked up tight
Deep, deep oil — now seeing the light
Poverty and oppression — things still not right
Freedom from Babylon — bubbling into sight
Politicians in power — caught in a trap
Reaching for gold — can’t give it back
Jamaica’s new wealth — Babylon wants to tap
Satellite blackmail — no stopping that
Heart of the people — under attack
600 years — it’s time to end that
One Love’s in play — Bob’s watching fast
Soul of Jamaica — Freedom at last
— Nyahbinghi Guard Dog
The outside control in this is that the international cocaine business is not run by Jamaicans. Nobody manufactures coke on the island, it all comes in from South America, mostly Colombia. Somebody else determines how much of their product is moved through Jamaica, which in turn determines how much money ends up in the hands of the gangs. Dudus is more powerful than ever before because whoever is controlling The Business decided that he would make him powerful. In fact, it looks like they wanted him to become a ‘threat to national security’, and be such a handful that outside military assistance might be necessary…
[continues at NegrilStories.ca]