Well, to be fair, according to the newspaper articles, the Minister of State for Barbados never used the words “Muslim”, “Jihadist”, “Islamic” or any other real identifier when talking about the people who have killed thousands upon thousands in the name of Allah in the last few years.
Nope, according to the Minister, the threat is not even from “terrorists” – the threat is “terrorism” itself – which is merely a weapon for achieving a political, or in this case, a religious, goal.
Was The Minister Talking About Crazed Seventh Day Adventists?
Perhaps the Minister of State was talking about crazed Seventh Day Adventists who dress their children in explosives and nails and then send them to explode themselves at restaurants? Maybe the Minister suspects that suicidal Catholic Nuns were shouting “Hail Mary, Full of Grace…” as they slit the throats of the pretty stewardesses and then murdered planeloads of families on their way to see Grandma in California?
A Refusal To Name The Enemy – Empowers Only The Enemy
It is this refusal to identify the enemy – this pretense – that is most disturbing. Until we start to use the words Jihad, Islamic and Muslim to accurately describe the Jihadists as they describe themselves, and unless we attribute their violence to religious motivation as they describe their own motivations, then Islam will never feel pressure to reform itself as a religion.
So, yes, Minister, the Barbados Defense Force had better be on the lookout for those planeloads of vicious Pentecostal Choir Members who use violence to force people to join the choir…
From The Nation News…
Barbados is not immune to existing threats like terrorism.
This warning has come from Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Joseph Atherley, while he addressed the Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) 27th anniversary parade yesterday at St Ann’s Fort.
He said Barbados which was inextricably linked to a changing world, had to respond to many security challenges.
He said that the scourge of terrorism which was topical today, was one hindrance.
“As you are aware, Barbados has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, peaceful and friendly relations with the wider international community. Additionally, the Caribbean is one of the most peaceful regions in the world. These attributes, however, neither shield nor protect us from the negative consequences of actions taken by those who are determined to cause death, destruction and destabilisation across the world,” he said.
Atherley drew reference to the most recent terrorist plot which was foiled by the British security services and said that act “clearly and unmistakably reinforces this reality. A reality which we dare not ignore”.
The minister added that it was therefore of utmost importance that the BDF and all other security agencies in Barbados be ready to respond not only to the aftermath of any events, but to take proactive and decisive action to counter, or better eliminate any threat to the peace, stability and security of Barbados.
Read the rest of the story here.