US cop re­sponse to ter­ror trumps SA’s

The Mercury - - METRO -

NINE sus­pi­cious pack­ages or pipe bombs were sent to politi­cians – in­clud­ing Joe Bi­den, Hil­lary Clin­ton and Bar­rack Obama – in the US re­cently.

I watched in awe at how may­ors, gov­er­nors, po­lice chiefs and politi­cians of New York came out in full force at a press con­fer­ence to con­demn such das­tardly acts and as­sure cit­i­zens no stone would be left un­turned in hunt­ing down the per­pe­tra­tors.

In­deed, the al­leged sus­pect was ar­rested soon af­ter­wards.

In stark con­trast, in South Africa our po­lice chief hides be­hind a fancy hat and coun­cil­lors are non-ex­is­tent. They are too afraid to put their lives on the line and give per­sonal as­sur­ances to the peo­ple who put them in power.

No one can beat the guts and fer­vour of the Amer­i­cans in times of cri­sis.

Sunny SA felt im­mune to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror. But it was re­cently dis­cov­ered that an Is­lamic State El Do­rado ex­isted be­hind the white picket fences and tree-lined streets of a mid­dle-class Dur­ban sub­urb.

Be­hind the pol­ished ve­neer of nor­mal com­mu­nity life, a so-called ji­hadist train­ing camp was set up.

Eleven lo­cals and for­eign­ers are be­ing charged with fur­ther­ing the cause of ter­ror­ism and with mens rea, in­doc­tri­nated by the ide­o­log­i­cal con­di­tion­ing of Mus­lim ex­trem­ism. There is proof of IS pro­pa­ganda and ma­te­rial.

This is no an­i­mated Bart Simp­son tale but a real threat.

And it comes on the back of the 2016 in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Thulsie broth­ers, Bran­don and Tony Lee, as well as the KZN mur­ders of Rod­ney and Rachael Saun­ders, thought to be at the hands of ex­treme Is­lamists.

Re­li­gious fa­nat­ics who dream of an Is­lamic caliphate seek to im­pose their vi­sion of life on ev­ery­one else.

It is an apoc­a­lyp­ti­cal vi­sion pur­sued with cold-eyed re­al­ism, build­ing an in­fra­struc­ture to stage ter­ri­fy­ing at­tacks such as at the Veru­lam mosque and plant the Wool­worths bombs.

For­eign­ers are easy pickings for such thought trans­for­ma­tion, and sim­ple tar­gets to re­cruit in this web of evil. Just give them a cap and robe, free meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion and you have a faith­ful neo­phyte with the re­li­a­bil­ity and loy­alty of a pit bull.

South Africa is a Chris­tian coun­try with a demo­cratic Constitution that en­shrines the rights of its peo­ple to prac­tise their be­liefs freely.

It has no place for re­li­gious fa­nat­ics and false prophets such as Pas­tor Ti­mothy Omo­toso. KEVIN GOVENDER Shall­cross

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