Honor and Loyalty : Cameroon resilient amidst the plasticity of the terrorist hydra

The echoes of repeated massacres that reach us from someparts of the continent, the mobility and the lightning speed of terrorist hordes;all this could leadmany to believe that the situation back at home is more enviable. This is a dangerous point of viewin many ways.

To begin, the apparently calm situation observed throughout the national territory, particularly in our regions exposed to extremist violence, is certainly linked to the sporadic occurrence of armed incidents. But good to know, the rarity of attacks does not mean the absence of attempts. Rather, they are numerous and recurrent. Incidentally, about 8 out of 10 planned attacks are thwarted either in the preparation phase or in the execution phase.

This apparent calm is therefore a result of the know-how of the men and women in charge of oursecurity. Techniques of infiltrating criminal networks, selecting targets for appropriate treatment, detecting and neutralising improvised explosive devices, and surviving in a hostile environment, are all skills developed or acquired over timethrough self-sacrifice and determination by the personnel of our Defence and Security Forces. This is in response to the plasticity of the terrorist hydra.

The professionalism of our soldiers is also to be combined with the resolute involvement of patriots from our towns and villages, who are fed up with the ever more ferocious lies, the contempt, the physical, moral and intellectual abuse suffered in the hands of violent extremist groups.

This being the case,as we earlier stated, the danger of believing that hell is other people remains no less tangible.We allow ourselves to become complacent in a comfort zone that is not a comfort zone. The risk incurred with such a carefree attitude is that our watchful faculties become lethargic and we abandon our fighting capacity.

Many lobotomising speeches wrapped in pacifism also encourage this kind of fatalistic self-destructive resignation to terrorist voracity,thus the acceptance of their demands by public authorities would be the only way to return to anatmosphereof peace.It is adisguisedsuicide call, but which goes against the line of ancestral wisdom which teaches that if you feed a snake with your hand, you either lose your finger or your life. The lesson to drawfrom this premiseis quite clear: one cannot make a pact with terrorism!

Whatever the case, the doors of the house Cameroon remain wide open, while a fraternal hand is extendedto those who have taken up arms and would like to voluntarily dropthem, in order to better make their demands heard, some of which have already been addressed,within the family circle, the national triangle.

And while working towards the completion of the process leading to the desired final effect, namely, the eradication of all forms of terrorism through the disarmament of hearts, the scourge must continue to be fought hard, in order to ensure the security and serenity of our people. /-

Navy Captain

ATONFACK GUEMO,

Head of Communication

Division-MINDEF