There is a joke about the outlaw Josie Wales and his 'bandoleros', who, having stopped a train, promised to "rob all the women and rape all the men."
A good intentioned young lady tried to correct the outlaw and said "surely you mean rape the women and rob all the men?" To which a flabbergasted gay passenger, taking much umbrage with her contribution, asked her in no uncertain terms "just who is robbing this train Missy, you or Josie Wales?"
There has been an outpouring of opinions for and against the proposed Commission of Enquiry into the events surrounding the attempted coups on July 27th 1990, since it was announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week.
Many civic minded, 'Country First' activists (myself included) are offering unequivocal support to this overdue and absolutely necessary enquiry, so as to unmask the suspected 'Big' players behind the coup and make public their hidden agendas.
Funnily enough, some 'established' commentators are coming down on the wrong side of history, vociferously recommending that the exercise may be dangerous to pursue, even foolhardy based on the history of the group and I assume their own fear, and I humbly suggest their reasons are contradictory to the rule of law.
Do they advocate abdication of the Authority of the State to enforce the law because of threat?
What manner of men are these?
Yes we get it, Abu is ranting, but he's been ranting for twenty something years now.
What he is also rumored to be doing is running a criminal empire, consolidating his power, and, according to reports, becoming a law onto his own self because the powers that WERE did not have the testicular fortitude to enforce the law.
Thank God their time is up, and the powers that BE seem to be up to the task.
The new Administration has decided (and rightfully so) to fulfill their campaign promise of reducing violent crime and returning Trinidad to a blessed island in the sun, with its inhabitants safe to go about their lives protected by those employed by the State to enforce the Law and keep order.
Thinking people, not beholding to any agenda, and who are capable of reading a statistical chart would clearly see that post 1992 ( and the release of Bakr and his henchmen due to a circus of errors (contrived maybe?)) has heralded a continuous increase in violent crime against all manner of persons, and any war on crime requires that the issues of 1990 be ventilated, prosecuted and brought to a close once and for all.
We need to start at the beginning, and Abu Bakr must not be allowed to prosper from his criminal enterprise.
Our professors of criminology all agree that crime prospers where the rule of law is perceived to fail at its core task, and where the law breaks down, order then becomes an illusion shattered at will by any gun toting bandit willing to separate you from the enjoyment of your property.
These advocates of appeasement are attempting to confuse the issue with piffle, and I again implore the Prime Minister to not be swayed by their self serving, fear driven contributions.
There is no spinning this. The law is either enforced equally, across the board, or we abdicate and let anarchy reign.
What Kamla needs to be clear about here is, who exactly is running this town....