The easiest answer to that question will be Keith Rowley as Prime Minister in 2015 given the fact the Honourable Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar declared her support for against terrorism while at the United Nations in New York last week. The leadership of the PM last week at the UN must be commended and again she has demonstrated her suitability for leading Trinidad and Tobago for a second term. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) will still be a factor next year and a continued threat to the peace and security of the civilized world.
Let us ask another question: Who would you rather represent Trinidad and Tobago during the 2015 UN General Assembly? Kamla or Keith? Our answer is resoundingly Kamla. Here is why. She has drawn a defining line on concrete that demonstrates our support for international action against terrorism and terrorist fighters who might seek to return to their homeland to launch possible attacks.
This was a strong and significant stance for a small island developing state. This will have an impact on the wider region through CARICOM and steps should be taken to ensure that small island developing states have the necessary legislation in place to prevent returning nationals with connections to ISIS and other known terrorist organizations. Furthermore legislative mechanisms must be in place to prevent terrorists and their financiers from using our banks to move monies to support their deadly actions.
Dr. Keith Rowley’s criticism of the PM stance has officially disqualified him from ever gracing the platform of the United Nations to address world leaders and by extension the world. This is evidence of a distorted worldview that not only embraces radical extremism and fundamentalism but it is becoming the defining philosophy and ideology of the PNM under the leadership of Dr. Rowley. Will the UN be the scene as it has in the past of the chants of madmen in the likes of former Libyan ruler Colonel Gaddafi or former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What rapport will Dr. Rowley cultivate with world leaders who have taken a decisive stance against terrorism?
Under the leadership of Dr. Rowley the PNM has blazed the trail defining itself as right-wing neo-nationalist party. The failure to condemn global terrorism by the political leader they have taken on a new position of isolationist. This is a dangerous and threatening development that will marginalize Trinidad and Tobago should Dr. Rowley become Prime Minister. The world rejected ideology of this nature and underpinning when Germany was defeated during World War II, which led to the establishment of the United Nations. Should Dr. Rowley ever have the opportunity to address the United Nations General Assembly he will undermine the very existence of that institution. This will be a krisis for Trinidad and Tobago with the initials of Keith Rowley all over it. We cannot allow this to happen. It will be consequential because we don’t know what his intentions. Neutrality against global terrorism is not an option for a developing state, regardless of its location, geographic size and population.
All nations know their capacity but nations must seek to stand of the right side of history. What are the economic consequences and implications of an isolationist foreign policy? Divestment is just a beginning. Will the Northern Range become the next hideout for terrorists like mountains and caves of Afghanistan?
Let us bring it closer to home. The gangs and open warfare in our country evident by the actions of some individuals last Thursday night was an open attack against the state. In other words, it is terrorism. Anytime people are terrified, it is a form of terrorism and ironically Dr. Rowley has failed to condemn this. The people of Laventille and environs, the strongholds of the PNM live under the daily threat of terrorism. This is not only because of guns and bullets but the vicious cycle of psychological terrorism that threatens the little they may have because of policies that were perpetuated by the PNM since the founding of our nation in 1962.
The conditions are ripe for the type of terrorism that blows up buildings and bring down airplanes or use them as weapons of destruction. Disenfranchised young men with guns that create with them a false sense of empowerment whereby they terrify their neighbors and brazen enough to attack the state. This was the script for 1990. It must never happen again.
We repeat: This is evidence of a distorted worldview that not only embraces radical extremism and fundamentalism but it is becoming the defining philosophy of the PNM under the leadership of Dr. Rowley.
He is out of touch and we must ask, “what kinda outta timing ting that is?”
He is wrong for Trinidad and Tobago.
He is leading a significant part of the population, many of whom are good people, many of whom are my family members but unable to understand international politics, out of now fault of their own.
As one talk show host said, “they are lost in a wilderness darker than sin.”
Let us take heed and reject this.
Dr Keith Rowley is a KRISIS.
Or is he part of ISIS?