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Reopen the old Long Kesh jail as an internment centre for Islamic radical terrorists, such as the so-called White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite, who spent some of her childhood in Banbridge.
And it's time to go back to the old Wild West methods of offering large sums of cash for such radical terrorists under the title of: Wanted – Dead or Alive.
I worked in Banbridge for 11 years in media and journalist training and the people of that Co Down town are among the friendliest and most hospitable in Ireland.
The entire Banbridge district has had its excellent reputation as a model community stained by the actions of this White Widow fundamentalist extremist.
All right-thinking and decent-living human beings would have been shocked at the horrific scenes as the body count topped almost 70 during the Westgate mall massacre in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
As a community, we must rally round and support her wider family circle still living in the picturesque town. We all feel the same devastation which the family is enduring if that was our relative branded the White Widow.
The victims were butchered by her terror group, Al-Shabaab. She is reported to be a leading member of the fanatical scum who slaughtered innocent people over the four-day bloodbath.
I also had the privilege of visiting and working in Nairobi as part of an evangelical Christian outreach project in 2000.
It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, let alone Africa. I met some of the kindest souls I have encountered in my life in that gorgeous city. The world cannot stand by idly and ignore Al-Shabaab's murderous thugs.
And Ireland cannot simply look the other way and dismiss the mall massacre as an African problem.
Like it or not, Samantha Lewthwaite once lived among us on this island and we have a moral obligation as an Irish community – North or South – to play our part in purging Ireland of its link to Al-Shabaab by defending Banbridge's sterling reputation.
At Stormont, Robbo and Marty have ironically been handed a gift horse which will provide a route out of the Maze Shrine debate and debacle.
The US State Department has already warned that up to six Islamic extremist cells are operating in Ireland, with some linked to dissident republicans.
Long Kesh was once the most secure of Western Europe's maximum security gaols. It should be rebuilt as an internment camp for Islamic radicals until their total innocence can be proven.
Think of the number of jobs which would be created in the North if Long Kesh was reopened as Ireland's version of the famous American Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.
Western democracies need to act fast to combat the seemingly increasing power of radical Islam, otherwise many nations will be gripped with the equally contagious scourge of Islamophobia.
Moderate muslims must be given whatever political and military assistance is possible to help them regain control of their faith and culture from the unrepresentative nutters like Al-Shabaab.
Very respectable moderates such as Dr Afaf Ali of the Lisburn-based Egyptian Society of Northern Ireland have worked tirelessly to build strong links between the Irish muslim community and the Christian Churches across Ireland.
But this highly commendable bridge-building will be tossed away if Ireland does not play its full role in the war against extremist Islamic terror.
Long Kesh held the secret of the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process; used effectively, it can hold the secret of a global peace, free from the vermin in Al-Shabaab.