Pockets of New Providence have become ‘killing fields’ – Eye Witness News
Communal pockets within New Providence have become veritable “killing fields”. Sure, suspected and alleged homicides and other serious crimes happen in our otherwise wonderful country, but the vast majority of those crimes seem to be concentrated here in New Providence. It’s a sad indictment, but we have to be careful not to attribute the crimes and their causation to a political party.
As a lifelong practitioner of the law and a true protagonist of the criminal justice system, I have come to the inescapable conclusion that we as a people are raising “criminals” from an early age. Some adults walk into grocery stores, for example, and they and their children are seen eating fruit and other foods with impunity without paying for them. Others go to clothing stores, use children as a distraction, and shoplift selected merchandise. Yet others are passengers in their parents’ vehicle when they go to visit loved ones, so children, especially boys, develop double time syndrome where it is “normal” to cheat and lie where necessary. They grow into adulthood using these same premises.
There was a time when you had a dispute with someone else, talked about it or took it to court for reconciliation. This is not the case today. The average person will lick a shot at you or in your direction in the blink of an eye. There is no quick and easy solution to crime. I’m a top-tier supporter of and for Commissioner Clayton Fernander and his newly installed team, but they themselves don’t have a magic wand to “solve” crime overnight. The corporate church has humanistic and spiritual solutions possible, but they are, in my view, too compromising.
It has been said that if one wants to find a “lover”… male or female, go to a church of your choice. The trick of factory politicians, especially an elected official with a wallet, has long been known to offer government jobs for a piece of leg, rib or wing…regular or spicy. I’m not trying to belittle the “system”, but it is what it is. Corruption; compromise and more are on the agenda.
The overall result is a complete disrespect for law and order. Justice and fairness, in my opinion, have long since been overthrown. We see rampant crime and gang-related activity where almost everyone dies or is killed. New Providence, in particular, has become a killing field. Almost every day or night, someone is a victim of my violence. Christian life and traditions seem to mean nothing. You do something to me or I realize that you did, your life means nothing.
I’m not a bloodthirsty person but that’s enough. The activation of the death penalty, which is ALWAYS Bahamian law, must be made after a homicide case has been completed and where the appeal process would have been exhausted. This “worst of the worst” is one of the dumbest opinions ever given by a court of competent jurists. Possession of a firearm without a license should result in draconian penalties. Rape and indecent assault, especially on underage women and men, should result in a minimum of ten years, without the possibility of parole.
In Dubai, a privileged country of this administration has just executed a man for being convicted of having sex with a five-year-old girl. He was executed, I believe, by firing squad in public. Here, at home, a man goes to prison for a few years, a little slap on the wrist, and learned lawyers deplore that the sentence was excessive or too long! What is that? Highly placed apologists or facilitators and sympathizers?
The Prime Minister and the Minister for National Security are both at the top of the legal profession as a scholarly adviser to the Queen. There is talk of building a brand new prison for some $40 million. There is little or no talk of rehabilitation. If each of New Providence’s 2,000 strange churches, run by the Bahamian Christian Council, a wasteful and inefficient corporate chameleon, were to “adopt”, guide and mentor just 10 inmates, what a turnaround we would see!
However, they mostly seek political honours; Crown land and a seat at the head table. Little has changed since the Lord Jesus Christ walked this earth. We have become “killing fields” and the worst is yet to come. No one but an act of God can hold back the tide. Fernander, a good man I’m sure, achieved his life’s ambition. Will he now rest on his laurels by conveniently forgetting his allies and fellow human beings?
The opposition is calling on the Davis administration to do more, but while in power the homicide rate was almost equal. Who is fooling whom, while ordinary Bahamians and innocent people, including children, are slaughtered like cockroaches? Does anyone remember Minnis’ false and empty shrill speech a few years ago? He said he would be the first man to “pop” their necks. All he did, instead, was pop the champagne cork while countless Bahamians were exposed to the “killing fields.” An eye for an eye worked for God. Why won’t it work for us?
Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.
Business consultant and talk show Host