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The thin blue line

  • Published at 05:20 pm July 11th, 2016
The thin blue line

We must never forget that it is our brave law enforcers who are on the front-lines in the battle against terror, evidenced by the fact that two who died at Holey Artisan and two more in Sholakia, are among the dead.

It is they who stand between us and oblivion. They give their all, every day, rushing into harm’s way, without questioning and without fear. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

We must not forget that without them, the attacks at Holey Artisan and Sholakia could have and would have been a lot worse.

Not only that, but we should not forget that for every tragedy such as Holey, there remain dozens of other plots that are uncovered before they come to fruition. It is only the tireless work of the law enforcement authorities that has kept the danger of militancy at bay so far.

Our law enforcers come in for a lot of criticism, and much of it is deserved.

It is a national security imperative that our law enforcers are provided with the funding and equipment needed so that they can keep doing their jobs to protect the public

Are they perfect? By no means. Do they make mistakes? They unquestionably do. Is there much to be desired when it comes to police conduct? There can be no doubt, and we have never been shy about pointing this out.

Nevertheless, while all the above is true, it is also true that our law enforcement is manned by brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day. This is something we should recognise and appreciate.

They are under-manned, under-equipped, and under-trained, but this is not their fault, and no one should doubt their commitment to public safety. The hundreds of policemen slain in the line of duty fighting terror and violence over the past  decades is ample testimony to their courage and conviction.

It is up to the government to give them the resources they need so they can do their job -- which is to keep the nation safe.

It is thus a national security imperative that they are provided with the funding and equipment needed so that they can keep doing their jobs to protect the public. When we go to sleep at night, we should remember that it is under the blanket of security that they provide.