Terror threats in Trinidad and Tobago
Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2003
Abstract: Ship Of Fools
By Bukka Rennie
In context of all this brouhaha and the fact that travel advisories have emanated from the US, Britain and Australia warning their nationals about travelling to T&T because of crime levels and suspected links of people here to international terrorism!
Crime levels in Jamaica, for example, are much higher than in T&T: there are multiple murders and executions sometimes on a daily basis, tourists are also attacked; last year some 32 policemen in Jamaica were arrested for corrupt practices, the drugs economy is more massive and more traditional than T&T, local dons in JA walk around armed and exhibit political clout owing to their traditional and historic structural links to either of the two parties, etc, etc.
Yet no travel advisory has been put out against JA. Why T&T? It can only be because of T&T's geopolitical significance in context of the US foreign policy parameters:
(1) Bush in building up his case to attack Iraq needs to widen his "international terrorist axis" as much as is possible. Suggesting al-Qaida links and presence in T&T allows Bush to do exactly that. The 1990 experience here facilitates Bush's agenda today.
(2) Outside of Canada, the largest bulk of US direct capital investment lies in T&T and that investment has to be protected at all cost.
Because of (1) and (2) T&T has to be kept in line at all times, eg T&T's support for Chavez next door has been frowned on, likewise our tightening relations with Cuba (eg the aim of hiring in T&T some of the 89,000 doctors available in Cuba will further open up the Cuba/Caricom trade links). US foreign policy will do everything to prevent any development of a Cuba/ Brazil/Ecuador/Venezuela/ T&T link in its backyard.
The point is that it seems that there is an agenda to psychologically beat us back into line and the naive and the gullible and those with political axes to grind are innocently being led by their noses. What a herd of asses? [full text]