Editorial: Military presence

POSTED: 11/20/13 6:23 PM

The opening of the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps detachment is a feather in the cap of Governor Holiday who made the case for permanent military presence on the island an issue shortly after he was appointed in the fall on 2010.

When the team of twenty marines has settled in, they will be a visible presence in the country and that, the governor pointed out, will give the population a sense of security.

It is however good to keep in mind that marines are not crime fighters. They are here to assist wherever possible, but their main strength lies with emergency assistance, for instance in the event of a hurricane or other disasters.

The marines will also offer programs for the youth and that could very well be the most valuable contribution to our community.

It is therefore fair to say that the Marine Corps enriches the country on many levels.

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