Thursday, January 18, 2018

Call in the cavalry

Since the unspeakably cowardly murder of Dana Seetahal—among too many Trinis who made the ultimate sacrifice in our war against crime and corruption, and whose families we must join all in mourning—there have been titillating reports in the local press about the alleged instigator and perpetrators of this latest and symbolic atrocity.

Criminals must be presumed to be able to read or, if not, to have been born “on”. If those reports are reliable, it would indeed be a cruel irony were the reprobates responsible to be able to escape apprehension, or to be snuffed out in anticipation, aided and abetted by the zeal to print and be damned in the very medium to which she made such a huge contribution. If unreliable, why publish them?

Whether true or not, these reports point to the urgency of questions long since raised about the incapacity of successive administrations, not to mention our law-enforcement agencies, to protect and serve. They suggest the pressing need to disregard face-saving reticence and call not Africa, China, Europe nor India, but rather the US cavalry, as gigantic Nigeria has now done, to come to our aid at the earliest opportunity.

I admire and respect the Chinese and do not condone the recent riots in Vietnam against the influx of Chinese workers there. But it really is time for the incumbent administration here to stop being a minor irritant to the US by cuddling up to China, seemingly out of petulant pique, at the drop of every bizarre hat.

The fact is that we are in a seriously globalised but peculiarly hemispher­ic mess, which, as a tiny American nation, joined geopolitically, socially and economically at the hip to the mighty US, we cannot resolve without its goodwill and generous help, overtly.

Rawle Boland

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