The Bangladesh attack has brought out a new face of the terrorist
Bangladesh massacre: Disturbing questions that have no answers
The attack on a posh restaurant in the diplomatic enclave of Dacca, a supposed high-security area is something Bangladesh had never faced. It has a secular constitution, but Sheikh Hasina did not press the pedal against extremism. The extremists have been running amuck, killing minorities, mainly Hindus all over the country and the government was taking a complacent view. During the last year, tens of Hindu priests, as well as educated Hindus, were killed by machete-wielding killers, who spoke about making Bangladesh pure. In their jargon making Bangladesh 'pure' means killing the minorities. All this was apparent but the Shiekh Hasina government did practically nothing.
New face of the terrorist
The attackers in Dacca were clean-shaven and do not fit the stereotype image of Muslim terrorists. They were suave yet extremely pitiless and savage. One fails to understand how such educated and suave boys could do barbaric acts like killing their hostages with machetes. Obviously, something is wrong and Bangladesh and the world better wake up to it. Obama and company have been parroting that Islam is a religion of peace, but the Bangla writer Taslima Nasreen has clearly said the opposite and tweeted that Islam is not a religion of peace.
The world has now to face a new type of terror group who is educated, suave and intelligent. Yet the ruthlessness of such people who have got the best of education is frightening. One wonders how things will take place in future if members of the elite among Muslims take the gun and machete to kill defenseless people. Probably the time for treating such people with kid gloves is over and the claws must come out. But it will require planning and fortitude as the image of a gun-toting Mullah do not fit modern terrorists, like the ones who stormed the restaurant in Dacca.
The future and lessons of the Bangla carnage
India and the USA are particularly vulnerable and it’s about time the Indian government was alive to this. In India, many educated engineers and computer specialists have joined the Muslim terrorist groups and there can be no laxity shown to them. Unfortunately, we have a fifth column operating and many Hindus also are among this group. Bangladesh committed the mistake of not recognizing the danger earlier and in addition, the assault by the army which should have been taken immediately in the night was delayed by 10 hours. Such delay cannot be condoned. The army did not have night vision capability and this was a serious lacuna and gave the terrorist time to torture their victims and kill them The killing can be squarely placed at the door of the inefficient conduct of the army. The intelligence services also have cut a sorry figure, as they had no clue about the boy terrorists and how they got their weapons.
The world needs Trump who has promised to take the war to the home of the ISI and one wonders if he will win.