Hello! I welcome you all with a heavy heart. The heaviness is primarily due to the recent atrocity in Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Bangladesh. Through international media reports from BBC, CNN or any other sources that you rely upon, I believe most of you are already familiar with the event. On 1st July a group of (6 or 7) Bangladeshi citizens, all aged in their twenties, appeared at the previously mentioned restaurant in Gulshan, the area of the capital city that is the diplomatic zone, as it holds most of the foreign embassies and other diplomatic establishments in the country and is also the fifth most secured area in the city after the office of the prime minister, the residences of the president and the prime minister and the national parliament complex.
The attack began at around 9 PM and before midnight 22 people were dead 20 of them diners, including Italian, Japanese and Indian nationals as well as an US citizen who was born in Bangladesh and 2 police officers. The rescue drive titled operation Thunder Bolt began at 5 AM on the following day and after 3 hours, 13 hostages were rescued alive with all the attackers killed. Before the mass killing of the diners took place but after the start the attack, law enforcement agencies arrested an individual who was fleeing from the scene. He was apprehended after being shot in one of his legs. He is suspected to be one of the perpetrators but could very well be a freaked out diner who was running for his life. Our honorable prime minister has declared a two-day long national mourning after blaming it on a “local-international group” to belittle the development her government has obtained for the country.
This is the whole thing in a nutshell but the trouble is, the narration starts begetting so many queries like how would the assailants managed to carry out reconnaissance or the attack in one of the most heavily guarded areas of the city and many more, which I cannot pose because we have an Information terrorism act that can be and has been used to penalize criticisms against the state or any of its endeavors. Even death is not unheard of. A very infamous example would be the murder of the journalist couple Sagor and Runi that took place 5 years ago in 2011. It has not seen the light of any trial so far, except a few involving the transfer of jurisdiction from one agency to another. You might wonder how long could a murder trial last! Well, here in another home invasion, the father of the state who was also the incumbent prime minister of the country then and the father of our premiere now, was killed. All of the family members found at the premise were also brutally murdered that day by a group of rogue army personnel. The trial for that heinous crime took more than twenty years to finish and deliver the verdict, though not until the current prime minister was elected as head of the government for the first time twenty years ago.
Not just the judiciary but the overall political culture needs to be inspected so allow me to postpone it to another episode of my two bits, provided that I live through any probable harassment for this one. Though, in brief, nationally there are two classes of people here, let me call them ‘Momentous’ and ‘Trivial’. The first kind is then subdivided into two classes, ‘Rulers’ and ‘Opposition’, while the latter consists of the subject race. However as it has been in any empire, some of the subjects are elevated by the dint of their familiarity with people from the earlier ones and marriage and other possible means. Now, the ‘Momentous’ kind rule the country for their personal gains like the accumulation of wealth (unnecessary, I would vainly argue) by managing the subjects in relatively better ways than the British or Pakistani imperialists that preceded their dynasty did or could. Obviously they are not doing so without our political ignorance, negligence and decadence. They are also internationally backed and there lies the only difference between the current ruling kinds and most of the opposing ones. The former sect is aligned with the interest of a more secular state, i.e. India, while the latter with that of an Islamist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The reason is more but not entirely economical than religious, as KSA is the largest labor market for the country and foreign remittance from the Middle East is one of the primary sources of our GDP. I believe for the sake of history we should prefer India and work towards an economic union and hope that India will be fair and invest in the idea that improving one’s neighbor improves oneself.
Anyways, let’s come back to the terror attack. In a string of attacks that began in Paris last year, I think more than a thousand lives have been abruptly brought to their violent ends. Yet, this one is prompting me to write this. The fact that this one happened in an area in my city, a mere 12 kilometers away from where I live (shamefully I must admit) makes it graver than the others, somehow! After wondering for the past couple of days the only reason I could come up with is the shock from my failure to prevent the atrocity. I am part of the society that bred and brought these individuals up with such diabolically perverted wills and ideas. I know I need to act but I have no idea, how, except ranting about it here!
Finally we come to my titular question on how the act of terrorism makes us worse than the worst of evil humanity has been able to imagine so far. In the Semitic religions, i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam the concept of pure evil is portrayed by a fallen angel called Satan but even he victimizes the mankind only. He has never been reported to terrorize his kith and kin of angels, fallen or not, let alone take their lives. But we, human beings, the supposed pinnacle of creation (!!!) have managed to put Satan to his mighty shame!
If you have managed to read this through, you have my sincerest gratitude. Thank you!