Prem Misir: Terrorism struck again last Wednesday morning (04-10-09), when an armed gang camouflaged as policemen with AK-47s, shotguns, channa bombs, and grenades, inflicted a series of attacks on the Brickdam Police Station; East Ruimveldt Police Outpost; the High Court Registry, and Richard Ishmael Secondary School; including hijacking a vehicle on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway. The incidents resulted in one civilian fatality and injuries to two police officers.
Domestic terrorism picked up where it left off last Wednesday morning, unleashing a reign of terror on a non-combatant and peaceful nation; the Guyanese people here feel the pain from this evil; to be sure now, with this new resurgence of violence and intimidation, previous efforts at total annihilation of domestic terrorism over the last few years failed.
And so, the real story, however, must be that for some time now domestic terrorism wallowed in camouflaged impotence in Guyana; long awaiting some international energizer to expurgate this impotence. Nonetheless, this purging exercise not only failed to provide the required energy to the long-dormant domestic terrorism in Guyana, but the energizing effort was so slipshod that it left a trail of evidence.
However, notwithstanding the appearance of such clues, albeit some cryptic, the jury is still out as to whether the security forces can now make domestic terrorism a thing of the past; perhaps, this time with assistance from the U.S. anti-terrorism network; note the possible international solidarity connection to release terror in this latest spate of incidents in this country.
A few weeks ago I alluded to a criminality that stalks the entire Caribbean, saying, “Politicians have a lot for which to answer when you think of stoking the fire for the purpose of promoting this unsavory criminality…Indeed, integral to this criminality is domestic terrorism that gains momentum as a strategy for political destabilisation when economic conditions seem to make a turn for the better. But any government has to spare no quarters to remove this nastiness of domestic terrorism.”
The recent re-booting of terror mechanisms to sensationalize and popularize insecurity, retard economic progress, and besmirch this country’s local and international image, has become a constant in Guyana’s politics.
And so, these morally offensive acts do not surprise me because the Guyana economy continues to demonstrate resilience against several recent external shocks. Think about two such shocks: the rising global food and fuel prices and the international financial meltdown; these shocks failed to compromise the integrity of the Guyana economy. Read more........