Walking on dangerous edge | Letters to Editor

On Sunday the Prime Minister issued a release via Facebook in which he further sought to rebuke Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar for asking questions about his apparently covert meeting with the Venezuelan vice president and major functionaries of the Venezuelan oil company.

In the release he, in typical fashion when seeking to deflect from an issue, referred to persons who have added their voices to Mrs Persad-Bissessar’s questions as “quisling parrots”.

A quisling person is one who “betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.”

This choice of words by none other than our Prime Minister is disturbing because:

1. Trinidad and Tobago is not in a state of war and had no “invading enemy”.

2. On the issue at hand the only three countries involved are T&T, Venezuela and the United States of America. Therefore the only country which the Prime Minister could be categorising as an “invading enemy”, directly or indirectly, is the United States.

3. It is very dangerous, highly reckless, unpatriotic and against the interests of our citizens for our Prime Minister to be so referring to the US given the long history of cooperation and friendship we have enjoyed with that country, the number of our citizens who also live in that country and the business and other interests our citizens have there.

The Prime Minister must control himself and his irresponsible vitriol less he pushes us as a country to a point from which it would be difficult to return.

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