No room for terror in T&T
The Westgate Mall terror attack in Kenya has certainly hit us hard with the murder of scholarship winner Ravindra Ramrattan and of course all of the other innocent lives that were lost. September 11, 2001 changed the world and terrorism has taken on a bold new meaning because of the sophistication and determination of Islamic extremists as they execute their warped and savage deeds in the name of eliminating their perceived enemy—non-Muslims.
Governments the world over have taken steps to secure their citizens and re-establish safety within their borders. In T&T we must be mindful that we are not immune to the global reach of terrorism and despite the reassurances that are given to citizens by government that our borders are secured and the human, financial and political resources allocated to deal with any eventuality can be met, it still leaves many citizens in a state of scepticism. Me most of all.
Our capacity for prevention, deterrence, consequence, management and retaliation signals a very low grade for the authorities in dealing with drugs, arms and ammunition, gangs and white collar criminals. A small country like ours that has porous borders where contraband can penetrate and filter through is a scary reality of how open we are for more dangerous things.
We hope atrocities like the Kenyan massacre never reach our shores. The world has changed and safety for citizens should be a priority for every government.