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“He had learned well the law of club and fang, and he never forewent an advantage or drew back from a foe he had started on the way to Death. He had lessoned from Spitz, and from the chief fighting dogs of the police and mail, and knew there was no middle course. He must master or be mastered; while to show mercy was a weakness. mercy did not exist in the primordial life.
It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death. Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time, he obeyed.”
That came from The Call of the Wild by Jack London a book about a wolf which the grans read, and the ole man grafted, fascinated by the writer’s ability to capture the primordial nature of the beast, this wolf, which, being what it was, killed to survive. We, fallen Adam, kill for the sport of it.
I, being what I am, will never comprehend the mantra of gun enthusiasts that “their gun is for sports”.
A gun is to kill, or, depending on the load, to seriously incapacitate.
If you, a thief, were to enter my house, without my permission, and I woke to find you there, and I had a gun, you need to be assured that I WILL KILL YOU so do not hesitate or cogitate on my action.
Recently readers would have seen some items posted by one Wikileaks here on Barbados and there were a few followup remarks concerning that post which in summary speaks to
- The US government, through the US Embassy in Barbados, seeking information regarding the End User for 10 Remington 700 sniper weapons approved by one inspector Harewood of the RBPF (then working in the Office of the then Commissioner of Police)
- The matter of weapons that are exported from the US to third world countries, becomes more complicated since on being asked who the enduser was the information supplied turned out to be erroneous since it was stated that the weapons went to the Barbados Defence force
- As part of the US procedures on weapons of this type the US Embassy’s investigations ascertained that neither the Royal Barbados Defence Force, nor the Royal Barbados Police Force to whom the enquiries were being addresses, were on record stating that they did not import these weapons.”
- Responses to the US Embassy’s queries after 4 months of investigations were incomplete since the then Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin indicated that the investigations were ongoing.
How serious is this matter?
One should take a look at Canonical ID:10STATE2042_a which states “A previous unfavorable Blue Lantern on foreign consignee Sportsimports discovered significant discrepancies between the firearms authorized for import and those actually being imported by the company.”
The report then continues:
“This led to the revocation of the company’s import license by the Government of Barbados…”
“A letter from Sportsimports in support of the current license describes an arrangement by which Gar Inc. of St. Lucia would import and sell ammunition for a commission on behalf of Sportsimports.
If the revocation of Sportsimports’ import license still stands, this transaction may represent an attempt by Sportsimports to circumvent the laws of Barbados by selling defense articles in a third country.”
But this is not the clincher!!
“In addition, this license represents the largest quantity of ammunition exported to Gar Inc. and the first license on which foreign intermediate consignee C & A Brokers of St. Lucia appears.
None of you readers are idiots barring ** and a more recent addition called WoodYear who has words for the ole man’s drinking habits, so here is the link for your reading pleasure. They are none so blind as they who cannot see https://wikileaks.org/plusd/?qproject=ps&qproject=cc&qproject=fp&qproject=cg&q=&qftags=BB&qsort=tdesc#result
Why are we, Barbados, here at this point?
When the Rt. Hon. Errol W. Barrow in “The Path to Duty” his address to Caricom in 1986 speaks of representing the expectations of people and, “what is more, what we achieve, or betray, concerns not only the living, but those who are not yet born…” of whom did he speak regarding those “unborn”?
Our authorities are playing games, cowboys and indians, cops and robbers with Remington 700’s.
If these men and women who are in positions of trust are doing this, if we have the sellouts who for pottage and dinners at the home of the US ambassador(s) (it still happening now) can like Forde and Fred Gollop and the rest, sell out for the privilege of saying “I had lunch with the Ambassador” if we an have officials involved in these gun running schemes, what then can we really expect when the boys on the block in the Pine, Gaza, Bush Hall see this example of crookery in the highest chambers, corridors and assemblies on our Rock, what can we expect of them?