am of the opinion that the death of Osama bin Laden at this point in
history has very little affect on the current global terrorism
community. In fact his killing has the potential to be of more harm than
good. Certainly from a political standpoint it gives the current
President a good boost, never the less terrorism is here to stay.
Terrorism despite its fanfare and apparent ‘awing’ of the public is and
will always be a criminal act. An as all criminals do, the terrorist
seeks to use fear to accomplish their goals and draw attention to their
particular cause. The events over the weekend regarding the capture of
the ‘Most Wanted Man’ in US history can provide many great lesson for us
here in the Bahamas regarding the crime situation and creating a safe
community if only the perception of the same.
before we dive in, for those of you cannot be bothered, I will give you
a heads up as to what lessons I believe can be learned from this
‘historical event’. The lessons learned are:
1. Know who your friends are, your enemies will reveal themselves.
2. Crime in the long the run does not pay, however the ride can be pretty sweet.
3. There is nothing wrong with a little aggressive persuasive discussion.
can, as I am sure many of you can, recall what you were doing on that
dreadful September morning back in 2001. It is amazing how time flies as
it is now ten years ago that the world watched the airlines crash into
New York's World Trade Center. This is how public knowledge of the
name Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda began, but definitely it was bin Laden's first
appearance in the global community. He and his group were in fact already well
known to the United States.
bin Laden was on the world intelligence radar more than 15 years, from
the Carter, Reagan, Clinton Administration, in fact an opportunity
existed for the former US President Clinton to give the go ahead back in
1998. However they were unable to mobilize and Clinton declined to do
so. At the time the US had invested much financial and human capital
into the region and it appears that it became a decision based on
timing, logistics, and priority, unfortunately as they say hind sight is
20 / 20.
here we have a known and wanted terrorist, as by this time Al Qaeda had
already orchestrated 2 attacks on US Embassies in Africa, yet no action
was being taken to aggressively subdue and capture the individual, thus
allowing the group to gain courage and intensity into what we saw
happen in September 2001.
similarly we have the same condition here in The Bahamas, as we have
our own type of terrorism. Citizens are afraid and are being intimidated
by criminals and the current violent crime trend. The
police and government officials indicate they often know the offenders and
worse yet know where they are; however it appears that government and
its agencies are powerless to deal with the matter. What does this say
to the ‘domestic terrorist’, the young man and woman walking, driving and
living in our communities, who we call friend and family. I believe just
like the other bin Laden’s of the world; boldness and recognition is
being sought after, so they too are planning their own 911 event. They
will become bolder, and openly aggressive and violently challenge what we
alas what can be done about these individuals who seek to corrupt our
way of living by jeopardizing our safety? Put them jail and throw away
the key you say? I say first you must catch them, and secondly let’s
really consider this whole concept of jail. It took
the most powerful country in the world nearly 20 years to catch one man,
so do we have 20 years? I think not, and really that amount of time is
unacceptable, but it appears that unless friends and neighbors are
prepared to give up friends and neighbors we are in for a long ride. The
dilemma of course now is determining who are really yours friends as
opposed to those who are just giving you lip service. That is to say
Bahamas, how many of us are really dedicated to benefit of the nation as
opposed to those of us who are only concerned about selfish gain no
can we learn from the Pakistani government's apparent friendship with
the United States; who prior to September 11, were known to be promoting
and encouraging Islamic radicalism via support of terrorist groups like
Al Qaeda. However, by their seeming cooperation by giving the US
access to airspace and land operations, they somehow became an ‘alley in
the war against terrorism’. Never mind the US writing off several
million dollars in debt owed by this country. But bear in mind that the
Osama bin Laden had close relationships with Pakistan ISI (their
equivalent to the CIA) and the Taliban. The November 2001 Wall Street
their clean chins and pressed uniforms, the ISI men are as deeply
fundamentalist as any bearded fanatic; the ISI created the Taliban as
their own instrument and still support it.”
in his book ‘Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan,
and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001' Steve Coll
states, “According to notes taken at the meeting, Clinton says he had 'asked repeatedly for Pakistani help to bring Osama bin Laden to
justice… [Sharif] promised often to do so but had done nothing. Instead,
the ISI worked with bin Laden and the Taliban to foment terrorists.' "
may be strongly criticized for this statement, but really folks, have we
seen any major decrease in crime by a policy of public participation?
Frankly, who you think is your friend is not your friend, and my neighbor
is only concerned about my well-being if he / she feels it will benefit
them. This is unfortunate in a country the size of The Bahamas that it
appears that criminals are getting away with murder. Certainly this is
not true for all of our relationships, however there is enough of a
deficiency to really make one wonder.
Next week our discussion will continue on this point: Are the criminals getting away...does crime pay?
Gamal Newry is the President of
Preventative Measures, a Loss Prevention and Asset Protection Training
and Consulting Company, specializing in Policy and Procedure
Development, Business Security Reviews and Audits, & Emergency and
Crisis Management. Comments can be sent to P.O. Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas or, email email@example.com or visit us at www.preventativemeasures.org