the drug barons
am calling upon Dr Bhoe Tewarie to name the drug barons in
the country. He has been quoted in the newspaper as saying
at the opening of the Divali Nagar that none of the drug barons
are black. Since he seems to know who they are not, then it
stands to reason that he knows who they are.
I am asking him and all the others in the country who profess
to have information about the importers of drugs and guns
to please do your civic duty and give the information to the
The Commissioner of Police is constantly harping on the need
for the citizens to become involved in the fight against crime.
Here is your chance, Dr Tewarie. Do the right thing and do
not hide behind descriptions of ethnicity and professions.
After all, that would only contribute, as you said, to the
further fragmenting of our society.
You were quoted as urging that the country must not
facilitate the rise of ethnic nationalism from any quarter.
I could not agree more. So do what you must and tell us who
the drug barons arename by name.
Indeed I invite all the talk show hosts and print journalists
to please unite against crime and heed Dr Tewaries urging
against the forces of ethnic nationalism by ceasing
to identify fourth and fifth generation citizens of this country
by their ancestral ethnicity. Call me a relative of a murder
victim, call me by name, call me grieving, call me distraught,
but be less divisive in your choice of adjectives. We are
facing real problems in our country and we need real solutions,
not the old tired tirade about this or the other ethnic group.
How has that ever served us in the past?
People, let us not get distracted by any attempt to disrupt
us along ethnic or class lines. We are all sadly subject to
the same criminals. I assure you that they are not quibbling
about ethnicity when they purposely or randomly select their
next victim and that could easily be you or a member of your
May God save our country.
note: Annette Rahael is an aunt of Dr Eddie Koury, the businessman
who was kidnapped and beheaded just over a month ago. She
is also the sister of Health Minister John Rahael.
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