Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Coming Home with a Bomb in His Luggage

I thought the story of the Jamaican returning home with a bomb in his luggage a joke at first.

But as I read more details in the upcoming days, I felt very sad for this ex-US soldier, who was now being referred to as a "Jamaican national" rather than an ex-Gi.  That is, an ex-GI who had been driven insane by a combination (and coincidence) of his war experience and his mother being violently killed.

I felt quite sad, because it's clear that this particular has not achieved the American dream, and may even have felt guilty that he left his mother vulnerable while he was in Iraq "fighting terrorism."  Of course, I am speculating here...

But it all seemed to very, very sad.  Will he be thrown in jail, or will he be let off off by pleading diminished capacity, or insanity?

In either case, his friends and relatives have been reported here in the press saying that this was not the Kevin Brown that they knew. 

I bet it wasn't.

I imagine that he might feel betrayed by both his home and adopted countries, and without his mother, more than a little lost in this world.


At 4/12/2008 4:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story is more than sad, but perhaps will deter the next young Jamaican from enlisting in a war that isn't theirs to fight. The US has made enlistment to Iraq or Afghanistan very tempting by promising green cards to people. The numbers are shocking... I think this is a bit dirty and will without a doubt backfire...
My love and prayers are with this guy and his family. I hope he can recover and help others from ending up as he did.

At 4/14/2008 5:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whenever a jamaican with an adopted nationality commits a crime or makes any mistake how quickly their adoptive country remembers that they are jamaicans!
I saw this with Ben Johnson who was Canadian when he was doing well, but Jamaican when he cheated.
The fact that this unfortunate young man has not had the necessary support needed after returning from war is clear. And the failures of the Americans to address the issue of vital young men who return broken from their wars is shrouded by the issue of his nationality. Let this be a warning for all our other great talents in whatever field of endeavour who joyfully fly other flags. When push comes to shove and you are in any need you will miraculously be seen again as a Jamaican, so never forget who you are.


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