No excuse for incursion
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I'm glad Gordon Robinson ('Enquiry botched from beginning', The Sunday Gleaner, January 25, 2015) agrees that the only two important terms of reference are the two added very late concerning command accountability.
As Gordon wrote, the focus should be on the security forces' conduct. Why'd they 'invade' Tivoli? Why not adopt a siege strategy? Who gave the order to invade? Was it in accordance with proper military/police methods? Having entered and allegedly come under fire, why didn't the security forces immediately retreat? Why was it so vital to implement such a scorched-earth strategy in that particular place at that particular time? Why was Tivoli treated like Iraq harbouring al-Qaida terrorists? Why did so many have to die?
Since you include the need to know the purported reason(s) for the invasion of Tivoli, I would, therefore, not dismiss the need to investigate the situation prior to May 2010, as well as the alleged gunfire attacks on the security forces, and the police stations, etc.
Of course, whatever explanations are forthcoming, NONE can be used as an excuse for the mayhem which followed.