The Jihadists of the Caribbean


An Islamist shadow looms over Trinidad. Whether the jihadi spirit will be rekindled in Trinidad is yet to be seen. But Bakr's coup shows just how easy it is for a small group of marginal men, radicalised by grievance and inflamed with ideological zeal, to inflict a tremendous amount chaos and suffering on a democratic society. It also serves as a salutary reminder that, while we should resist the temptations of apocalyptic alarmism, we should never take for granted the resilience of democratic institutions.

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