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The now seemingly fashionable
response by some radio and TV pre-
senters over the special attention
being paid to the apprehension of Ms See-
tahal s killers when so many others have
been murdered without the same degree of
attention, is a classic case of fallacious logic
involving unequal terms of comparison.
Certainly the murder of any citizen is a
high priority and should be treated as such,
but to use arguments such as "all animals
are equal but some are more equal than
others" (Orwell s Animal Farm) is to deny
the leadership role that Ms Seetahal has
played in the dispensation of law on behalf
of the people in this country and how in
deference to her memory, she is entitled to
a more than usual response to her brutal
This is not to discriminate on her behalf
as against others who have been murdered,
but to recognise the critical role she has
played in this country s development and
how much of a void will be left in her area
of expertise with her passing.
Let s be realistic: those who function in
leadership roles carry greater weight in
terms of the way they impact the society as
a whole and losing them cannot be taken in
much the same way as we would an ordi-
When Kennedy or Gandhi would have
been assassinated did their deaths not pro-
voke a national outcry because of their
leadership roles in the society? In fact, this
murder may help the average man in more
ways than one for the future, for it brings
into focus more than ever before, because
of the high profile nature of the victim, the
issues of crime and detection, indeed the
entire gamut of the criminal justice system
from which the average person as victim,
treated with relative complacency before
this, can now benefit in the long term.
I have written in a letter before this, how
the "Rock of Gibraltar" which the law
should be, is now crumbling into the
"Sands of the Sahara" because of the con-
tinuing assault on its integrity as an institu-
tion from all quarters in this country, as the
cumulative evidence suggests. Ms Seetahal s
murder may be the catalyst to make us see
how far we have drifted from the sacro-
sanctity of the law and the role it plays in
cresting a fair, just and ordered society.
In closing, I would with humility, like to
make a call to our presenters and talk show
hosts to be less one-dimensional and sim-
plistic and more critical in their approach to
issues to avoid the kind of illogic which the
unequal terms of comparison between Ms
Seetahal and the average person suggest.
Dr Errol Benjamin
The assassination of noted legal luminary and
servant of the people Dana Seetahal, SC is not
only a tragic loss to the people of T&T or the
Caribbean, but to all peace-loving societies. Our
civilisation is undergoing a serious crisis.
Her death brings home the point that no one is
immune from the savagery which continues to
haunt our land.
What is required to save us all from such acts
of violence, thuggery and terrorism? These
culprits continue to demonstrate that they do
not subscribe to the concept of reverence for life.
In order to save future generations from this
malady, and also to stop the blood of citizens
from flowing on our streets, we have to start
afresh, teaching about the concept of the
Godhead; about life, its worth and the purpose of
mankind on earth.
Every time we become witnesses to such
brutality, we quickly espouse initiatives to stop it,
but we do not go any further.
Let us start in our school system with
compulsory religious teaching to all children. Our
religious leaders must not only make
pronouncements from the pulpits, they now have
an additional task to make it happen. And the
time is now.
We have lost a thinker in Ms Seetahal. Her life
was one of reason and understanding. She
exuded a deep spirit of humanitarianism.
She has left us notebooks of lessons on her
life, her intellectual capacity, her concept of
justice and reason, as well as her notes on public
governance and the cause to bring a sense of
sanity to the people of this land.
Her death is a national tragedy.
I extend my deepest sympathy to her
bereaved family and friends, and there is deep
consolation in the fact that not a single person
has anything untoward or negative or inhumane
about Ms Seetahal. May her soul rest in peace.
On behalf of the Government and people
of Canada, I would like to offer my
condolences to the family, friends and
colleagues of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal,
and indeed to the whole nation of T&T.
It is imperative that those who planned
and carried out the attack last Sunday be
brought to justice. I appreciate the stated
commitment of T&T's leadership and its law
enforcement agencies to do exactly that.
The perpetrators of the attack that took
Seetahal's life appear to have had the notion
that they could destroy the activism,
innovative ideas and quest for justice
personified by this singular person. They
were wrong. Seetahal's courageous efforts
on behalf of justice for the people of this
country will never be forgotten or
abandoned but rather taken up with
Let effective and timely criminal justice
reform be one of her lasting legacies. Let her
life continue to be an example to others.
Canada High Commissioner to T&T
We remember where we were and what
we were doing when special people died. If
that person realistically had some 30 or more
years of life, it is even more tragic and the
"why are we here" is of greater question.
For the United States of America it was
Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy. For
Trinidad it is Eric Williams and Dana Seetahal.
Three of these very special individuals died
unexpectedly and violently. Each of great
importance to their country in regard to their
They did not just belong to close relatives
but had become a significant part of the daily
lives of innumerable people and were the
"unseen relative" placing the guiding hand
and caring about how life was lived. They
shared their accomplishments for the greater
We have to thank modern technology for
allowing the world to see what exemplary
service to home, country and the individual
should mean for all citizens. It is not
supposed to be only about money. In local
parlance we have to deal with people who are
"gravalicious" and who would rather kill than
deal equitably with others.
Who will be at the funerals of the greedy
and small minded? Only friends and close
relatives. The rest of the world will not care
and will not mourn.
A homeless man sleeps at the bus stop at the corner of Edward and Sackville streets, Port-of-
Spain, opposite Police Headquarters yesterday. Passengers who had to wait on the bus had to
stand on the outside while this man made himself at home. Whatever became of the plan to
rid the city of the homeless? PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Dana belonged to us all
A great loss to T&T
Canada conveys condolences
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