Home Letters Since when do we side with evil in its worst manifestation?
April 26, 2019, will surely be recorded as a day of infamy, for it is the date when the Granger Administration Members of Parliament successfully passed a motion to eulogise convicted international terrorist Abdul Kadir. What message has our nation delivered to a world reeling from terrorist attacks on a seemingly daily basis? The headlines screamed of hundreds dead from suicide bombings in Sri Lanka; of the deadly shooting deaths in New Zeeland; uncertainty pervades every major city on the planet, nowhere is safe and amidst all of this, our National Assembly is offering an official seal of approval to a disciple of the infamous Iranian terrorist Mohsen Rabbani. Abdul Kadir had indeed served as a PNC MP but the shame he brought to our dear land with his involvement in terrorist activities negates that service. Abdul Kadir is a blot on our book and he should not be celebrated as a highlight.
The specific charges Kadir was convicted of were: conspiracy to attack a public transportation system, in violation of 18 United States Code § 2332f; conspiracy to destroy a building by fire or explosive, in violation of 18 USC § 844(n); conspiracy to attack aircraft and aircraft materials, in violation of 18 USC § 32; conspiracy to destroy international airport facilities, in violation of 18 USC § 37; and conspiracy to attack a mass transportation facility, in violation of 18 USC § 1992(a)(10).
Editor, it is now up to Guyanese not connected to the Granger Administration to let the civilised world know that we do not share the sympathies nor do we endorse the actions of those MPs who delivered this message ostensibly on behalf of our nation.
I can categorically state that endorsement of terrorism, in any shape or form is not representative of my view and urge all persons and organisations to make their position know publicly. President George W Bush, after 9/11, at the launch of his anti-terrorism campaign said “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”. I never thought there would be a day any segment of Guyanese would side with evil in its worst manifestation.