TRENDING TOPIC FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH: The terrorist attacks in France and the Syrian refugee crisis, and their possible impact and effects on U.S. politics.
MAYOR GIMENEZ ON THE ISSUES: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was on “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM, discussing the Paris terrorist attacks with Bernadette Pardo.
Mayor Gimenez and Miami-Dade Police Deputy Director Juan Perez said that in Miami-Dade the police is always on alert. “Here, the message is to stay cautious and report any suspicion. We are in a state of alert along with all the police. We are also taking care of certain places that we know can be threatened,” said Gimenez. Perez stated that while it is difficult to prevent attacks like we saw in Paris on Friday, it is important for the community to remain vigilant. “If you see anything suspicious, call the police before anything happens, so we can begin an investigation. We are on high alert, specially in ports and airports, as well as in malls. We must be prepared locally. I want to highlight that not long ago, the mayor instructed us to arm police officers with better equipment, to defend themselves more effectively and prevent attacks.” Gimenez explained that he wanted officers on patrol to have adequate weapons and protection in their cars, “we have to protect them because they are protecting us.” Mayor Gimenez concluded, “we are praying for them (Paris), we are on their side. This is their 9/11, we stand with them. This is a fight that will continue, and one we cannot lose for our children and our grandchildren. Hopefully nothing like this will ever happen here, but we will be prepared.”
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EFFECTS OF TERRORISM ON US POLITICS: On “Prohibido Callarse” onMira TV, Roberto Rodriguez-Tejera discussed the terrorist attacks in France last Friday and their effects on the presidential election next year, with former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez and Political Analysts and Journalists Jorge Davila Miguel andAlejandro Aguirre.
Martinez explained that presidential campaigns are long and many things will happen during them to impact the voters. “Right now, in this moment, we see that we need to have a president with a good temperament who knows how to handle such events without overreacting. We have been seeing Republican candidates like Carly Fiorina, for example, using the attacks for political messaging, saying how terrible it would be if Hillary Clinton were president.” Martinez concluded, “what we are looking for is the candidate that can unite everyone in this country to stop this terrorist organization.” Davila Miguel gave background information on the formation of ISIS, “a complex movement that comes from religious and political intricacies,” and agreed with Martinez that some candidates are using the attacks for political gains. “In the US, politics have become a spectacle, where leaders only speak when convenient and say what they think the people want to hear.” On the other hand, Aguirre focused on the non-political aspect, “it is not about sending troops, because where would you send them? This requires a coalition that must integrate a number of factors, it is not a question of what country we should invade. These attacks were perpetrated by a group that has agents everywhere, probably including in other targets like the US and Rome, which were mentioned as locations for the next attacks.” He concluded, “this is not an issue of this election, the current president or the one that came before him. It is a problem that has been forming for decades, and we have failed at dealing with this kind of enemy that wants to eliminate Western civilization.”