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A place of very confused opinions

May 12, 2013.

Dear Sir,

Bermuda has become a place of very confused opinions. Too many of us insist on much talking about things of which we have only a partial knowledge. We have proved that ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’.

The debate about what Bermuda should do for and about the Uighurs seems to ignore several pertinent facts.

1. The USA took them into custody and then did not punish them because they did not prove to be a threat to the USA. 2. The USA did not take the normal course of returning them home, because of ethnic conflict in their province. China might assume that the Uighur’s presence in Afghanistan terrorist training camps had home applications.

This problem is clearly a total USA problem. They unwittingly got involved in another country’s problem. Premier Brown did not act for either the UK or the Bermuda Government in accepting the Uighurs. The UK government rejects any involvement. Why should the current Bermuda Government accept any more involvement?

Premier Brown’s unilateral action was not humanitarian. The Uighurs gained little from it but release from custody. This is a big international mess. It did not benefit Bermuda, but Bermuda has made no fuss, no enquiry, no deterrent against future action of this sort? Let us follow the USA example. When in a big mess, do not carry on. Stop.

Bermuda has already gone too far down the wrong road, and needs to stop now and not make things worse. Let us not forget who we are. We are not a major independent country. We have no capacity for more problems. We are a tiny-sized town-like community totally dependent upon others for defence, international transport, financial support, business projects, all supplies for living, white-collar jobs, blue-collar jobs, and service jobs.

BERTRAM GUISHARD

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Published June 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 03, 2013 at 5:30 pm)

A place of very confused opinions

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