What happened recently at Faleatiu is a wake up call. It says Samoa is not immune to the violent tendencies that plague the rest of the world. Each night we see how violence plays out in other countries on our tv screens and think ‘that’ can never happen in Samoa. But unfortunately it can and it will again and again. How equipped are we deal with this type of escalation, not very well based on the results, one dead civilian and three wounded police officers. What’s the way forward? A better trained police response team might be a good idea. But we need to also look at the root cause; which would most likely be economic and social in nature. The time to act is now, to wait any further risks this type of violence becoming a common occurrence.