Jamaica Faces a Defining Moment

The government's effort to arrest an alleged drug lord puts the island nation on the brink of civil war.

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Now the standoff in West Kingston is likely to make Jamaicans regret that they let politicians and criminals hold them hostage for so long. "It is clearly a defining moment for Jamaica," a political analyst who preferred to remain anonymous told The Root. Exactly what it will define remains to be seen.

Knolly Moses, a former Newsweek reporter, lives in Jamaica.