Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 17th 2015 Contents The massacre in France last Friday night
must be denounced by decent people
across the world. It also calls for much
more than condemnation and raising of
voices in outrage at this barbaric act that
claimed the lives of innocent people.
France has been subjected to numerous
acts of terrorism over the past 20 years,
and even though it is so far from our
shores, yet it is still very close. Air trans-
portation and technology have truly made
the world a global community. So, on Fri-
day night, Barbadians were in Paris, some
as students, others attending Unesco busi-
ness, some simply vacationing in the
world s most popular tourist destination.
Thankfully, no Barbadian there was injured
when the sport, music and relaxation were
so brutally interrupted.
It is evident that this carnage in Paris
was well co-ordinated by sick minds,
whose ends are justified only by their
means: no sanctity for human life. Sur-
prisingly, in a city that had been the scene
of vicious acts of terrorism earlier this
year, the French security officials suffered
a serious lapse in intelligence and pre-
This act also shows that this war of ter-
ror is led by deranged minds with willing
lunatics as followers, who are willing to
take their violence to any part of the
world. So from Kenya to Spain to London
to Nigeria, the acts of terror must be
denounced and action taken against the
protagonists. It is not a problem only in
Europe but in Africa as well.
This is not an occasion to mourn just
for France, once more, but to ensure that
we do not have to mourn for Kenya,
Nigeria or even Barbados again. We know
all too well the impact of terrorism. Octo-
ber 6, 1976, and the blowing up of a
Cubana airliner, killing 73 people, is still a
United States President Barack Obama
was right when he described Friday night s
tragedy as "an attack on all humanity,"
and while he stands ready to give France
all the necessary support in any retaliation
it may seek, this is also the time for a
multinational security operation to be
undertaken to rid the world of the crimi-
nal extremists, be it in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria,
Somalia or elsewhere.
The Chinese and Russians must appreci-
ate the necessity of joining in a united
fight against these evil forces whose agen-
da is only about hate and destruction.
These two powerful nations must not hin-
der the work of the United Nations Secu-
rity Council if it is called upon to approve
action against those who promote the wil-
ful destruction of others.
We recognise that terrorism has refash-
ioned the world, where security and fear
now go hand in hand, and where there is
always suspicion and a lack of trust. But
in all, we must neither give in nor be
defeated by those who do not cherish
freedom---whether in Paris or Bridgetown.
UNITE AGAINST TERRORISM
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The recent terrorist attacks in
Paris, following on the heels of Char-
lie Hebdo and the Russian airline
bombing, prove that Isis is a major
global threat and should be taken
very seriously. Even more disturbing
is the fact that at least one of the
terrorists was among the Syrian
refugees entering Western Europe.
This is disturbing because it
shows how easily Isis members can
infiltrate other countries. It is espe-
cially disturbing to us because there
are Trinidadians fighting for Isis.
Although I sympathise with those
affected by these attacks, Western
European governments have to
share a large part of the blame for
what happened. Over the years, they
have naively opened their borders to
all sorts of immigrants and refugees.
Their political correctness has now
put their entire continent in danger.
Trinidad needs to learn a crucial
lesson from their mistakes. We need
to develop very strict policies regard-
ing Trinidadians who are affiliated
with Isis trying to re-enter our bor-
If I had my way, any affiliation
with Isis would be considered an act
of treason. We must be aware of the
very real possibility that these peo-
ple are returning to Trinidad to set
up sleeper cells, which will be acti-
vated some time in the future. And I
guarantee that if that happens, we
will not be able to stop them. Our po-
lice force cannot even solve homi-
cides, how on earth could they
This is an area where prevention
is infinitely better than cure. I urge
the Ministry of National Security to
not take this lightly. There is no room
for political correctness. Please be
proactive and deal with this in ad-
Is our Minister of National Security really se-
rious about making us, the citizens, feel safe
and secure when he makes a statement like
"Isis is no threat to T&T?"
T&T is ideally situated to present north or
south America with a direct threat to their se-
curity. There can be no doubt that if the powers
that be in the Isis organisation recognise this
then we may quite easily be targeted and possi-
bly overrun if not by them then by the forces
that seek to oppose them. Just look at what
happened in Grenada!
If, on a daily basis, we are subjected to re-
ports of murders by seemingly unintelligent lo-
cals with no action being taken to curb these
occurrences, what can we do against a highly-
organised, well-trained bunch of terrorists?
Would the French Minister have made such a
statement on Thursday?
No, Mr Dillon, please consider your decision
to allow those "Trinis" who have deserted us
and our culture to return without first pledging
their allegiance to T&T as this will have disas-
trous effect on future generations.
I have just recovered from the shock of read-
ing National Security Minister Major General
Edmund Dillon's statement that Isis is no threat
to T&T at this time.
French President Francois Hollande, in a rare
speech to the members of both upper and
lower houses of Parliament in the Palace of
Versailles, yesterday, said that Isis is a threat to
everyone. He, of all world leaders, should know!
I have no access to the intelligence that our
National Security Minister has, but I vaguely re-
member similar comments being made about
the Jamaat-Al-Muslimeen before they
launched their failed coup effort in July 1990.
What logic drives the National Security Min-
ister and by extension the PNM government to
make such a deduction? Did they not see the
several videos which showed citizens of T&T
training with Isis abroad? Did they not see our
young children being schooled in the Isis art of
Have they not seen the brutality inherent in
the Isis group?
In November 2014, the British government
passed legislation to ban any British citizen
who goes to fight for Isis, from returning to the
UK for two years and imposes very tough con-
ditions for those who do. The laws also made
provision to take away the passports of
teenage jihadists to prevent them from return-
ing.Airlines flying into the UK could also face
sanctions if they fail to provide advance pas-
senger information to the relevant authorities.
So what do we do, here in T&T? Wait until
something happens to react? It is time that we
start moving beyond such a myopic mindset
and become proactive as a nation.
Linus F Didier,
Affiliation with Isis should be an act of treason
People pray outside Le Carillon restaurant, one of the attack sites in Paris, on Sunday. REUTERS PHOTO
PRAYS FOR THE INNOCENT
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