Dhaka attack not a black swan event

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Nor was Turkey, for that matter.

The ISIS has claimed responsibility (some say the ISIS is doing so falsely; talk about appropriating credit in the terror world, a la corporate world).

And countries across the world are decrying the ‘lone wolf’ attacks.

Twitter is abuzz with reactions that range from ‘how could they do this during the holy month of Ramadan’ (terror has no religion, remember?) to ‘prayers for Dhaka’ (how about some action?) to religion-specific hatred (no comments on that; whatever could be said has been said already) to how this was a long time coming (I only want to talk about this, with a few additions to make).

Okay, while most people maintain that terror has no religion, this wave of killings that B’desh has witnessed since 2013, has been branded Islamist killings. It’s not me. Google it.   It’s on Guardian.co.uk, and on USAToday as well.

But, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina only seems to be concerned about the ‘TIMING’ of the attack. (pic sourced from @NDTV on Twitter)

The wave started after a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Abdul Quader Molla was sentenced to life imprisonment by the war crimes tribunal, with a band of secular bloggers and writers protesting against the sentence, saying he should have been given death, and that the party itself should be banned. And that sparked the Jamaat-e-islami bloody backlash.

Because ‘atheists’ have no right to exist. Their existence, for these religionists (I’m going to call them that), is blasphemous. A rogue group called ‘Defenders of Islam’ also published a ‘hit list’ of 84 people, nine of whom have been killed (reportedly) and many others have been attacked.

The government totally rejects any suggestion that ISIS has entered the local scene. Which, if true, is scarier than ever. Especially for India. One neighbour is officially gone rogue. Another on the other side is going rogue. All this terror is a local brew now, as per the Bangladeshi government. Both nations are ruled by power-hungry despots disguised in the cloak of democracy, leaning for support on religious dogma.

If there’s one silver lining emerging from this attack – even if this may sound a bit inappropriate as of today – is that with foreigners (whites – Italians, Japanese, diplomats, etc) being taken hostage, this growing menace in B’desh will get enough attention from the powers that be.

I’m not looking for words today. Just, publishing here a list of people killed/harmed by these religious crusaders:

  1. Asif Mohiuddin: 15 Jan, 2013
  2. Ahmed Rajib Haider: 15 Feb, 2013
  3. Sunnyur Rahaman: 7 March, 2013
  4. Shafiqul Islam: 15 November, 2014
  5. Avijit Roy: 26 February, 2015
  6. Bony Ahmed (wife of Avijit Roy): 26 February, 2015
  7. Oyasiqur Rhaman: 30 March, 2015
  8. Ananta Bijoy Das: 12 May, 2015
  9. Faisal Arefin Dipan: 31 October 2015
  10. Nazimuddin Samad: 6 April 2016
  11. Kunio Hoshi: October 2015
  12. Jogeshwar Roy: 21 February 2016
  13. Rezaul Karim Siddique: 23 April 2016
  14. Xulhaz Mannan: 25 April 2016
  15. Tanya Majumder: 25 April 2016
  16. Nikhil Joarder: April 30, 2016
  17. Mohammad Shahidullah: May 7, 2016
  18. Maung Shue U Chak: 14 May 2016
  19. Mir Sanaur Rahman: May 20, 2016
  20. Saifuzzaman: May 20, 2016
  21. Debesh Chandra Pramanik: May 25, 2016
  22. Ananda Gopal Ganguly: June 7, 2016
  23. Nityaranjan Pande: June 10, 2016
  24. Ripon Chakravarti: 15 June 2016
  25. Gulshan bakery attack: July 1, 2016
  26. Shaymanonda Das: 1 July 2016

The latest update on the standoff is that 13 hostages have been rescued by commandos who stormed the restaurant, killing 6 terrorists and taking 1 alive. The latest from the authorities being this:

Screen Shot tweet-dhaka

I wonder for how long…

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