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The Bangladesh attack has brought out a new face of the terrorist

Updated on December 22, 2017

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.

scenes of the attack and army action
scenes of the attack and army action

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.

Educated urban face of terrorists
Educated urban face of terrorists

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.


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      Madan 19 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Lawrence, you have a valid point

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      Lawrence Hebb 21 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      It's a Human weakness, wanting to see the good in others. Yet it's a weakness that I'm glad we have. How we find the balance between being vigilant and seeing that goodness I've no idea.

      Do we give more power to 'listen in' on our conversations to the intelligence services in order to protect ourselves?

      Do we put up barriers and 'build a wall' then ask another to pay for it?

      But if we don't then who's going to be the one to stand at the door of the families of the loved ones killed in the next attack?

      To me the real enemies aren't just the ones committing the acts of Barbarism but the men feeding the hatred, they are the ones who need to pay for it.

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      Madan 21 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Grand old lady for a very encouraging comment. Yes it is sad that the Banglaforce is so poorly equipped to tackle heavily armed terrorists

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 21 months ago from Philippines

      I've seen headlines of the Bangladesh attack, but this is the first time I read about it. The fact that the terrorists are educated, and well to do, is a revelation. I also didn't know that they were killing hindus, and the fact that it took 10 hours for the government to respond, because they lacked proper arms and equipment is really sad. This is a most informative and revealing article, and I thank you for it.

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      Madan 21 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Lions for calling a spade a spade.

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      CJ Kelly 21 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Great hub. You brought up a topic that our media does not: terrorists are not necessarily poor.

      Many terror attacks are done by children of the affluent and/or educated. Many of the 9/11 killers had advanced degrees and/or came from prominent families in their respective nations. Bin Laden was affluent. So was Al Zawaheri. Going back to the 70s, there was Carlos the Jackal (son of a physician) and The Red Brigade.

      It is very scare to think that the future of terrorism is in the hands of highly skilled guys who need a girlfriend. Sharing everywhere.