Reaction to Islamic Terrorism in ... Bangladesh?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

In an immediate protest, hundreds of lawyers took to the streets of Dhaka, Chittagong and other cities, calling for government action to prevent further attacks.

They boycotted courts all over the country on Tuesday.

The Gods alone know why I haven't blogrolled Cori Dauber yet, but I'm remedying that now.


Peter UK said...

I hope you don't mind the OT but,the President of Iran thinks he is the Mahdi.A Mahdi with nuclear weapons!

gumshoe1 said...

how is it that
that doesn't surprise me??

a - MAHDi - Nejad.

he's been dreamin' of glory
since he was a pup.

ambisinistral said...

Surrounded by light?

There's a "how many mullahs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" joke in there somwhere, but I don't have the energy to ferret it out.

Peter UK said...

Will they fit?

ambisinistral said...

You know... I almost wrote a Mahdi post once fpr this place. About the Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad who founded his little empire in the Sudan (and I think his ancesters are still muckity-mucks there), and caused so many problems for Egypt and England.

The whole story is rather fascinating, especially the odd side line pf the emir Pasha getting cut of, but flourishing in the south. Well, flourishing until Stanley came along and 'rescued' him anyways.

But back to the main point, one thing interesting about Muhammad Ahmad was that while he imposed the shaira, he also rewrote large chunks of Islamic dogma, including the Five Pillars. For example, he removed the duty haj and replaced it with the duty of jihad.

That doesn't sound encouraging, but the fact the he could drastically modify Islamic belief and get away with it is interesting. What can be done in one direction, can be done in another.

Seneca the Younger said...

Ambi, it's not like there needs to be much in the way of change. The Moors in Andaluz were known as the good guys to the Jews. The Califs of the period we'd call the "Dark Ages" in Western civiization (say 700-1600 CE) were a lot more tolerant than a lot of their Christian neighbors, and had a lot to do with the survival of the works of Aristotle, for example. Some of the greatest Jewish teachers, like Maimonides, lived in honor under Islam.

The point is that Islam is perfectly capable of being a "liberal" religion, just as Christianity is.

ambisinistral said...


I agree. I am not among those who believe that Islam is beyond redemption. I have great faith in humans ability to rationalize just about any result out of their belief system if the need is there.

While understanding a violent person with a AK-47 is a powerful incentive to remain silent, I still find the silence of moslems who must abhor what they see as being unacceptable.

Signs of protest stirring in the Mddle East are encouraging, but do they protest the slaughter of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buhddists or Athiests?

There are things in the world infinitrely than a punk with an AK-47. We need to make it clear what, at a minimum, we will accept before we are forced to demonstrate that fact.

As I've said before, I'm sure there were a lot of good people buried in the rubble of both Dresden and Hiroshima. They need to reign in their fanatics, and we need to make that clear to them. I don't want the alternative.

ambisinistral said...

Make that...

There are things in the world infinitely worse than a punk with an AK-47. We need to make it clear what, at a minimum, we will accept before we are forced to demonstrate that fact.

Buddy Larsen said...

Ambis, amen. This question lingers, because grandma and your baby sister don't know politics from a shoe--and also because the Nuremburg Trials had to be conducted by 'humanity' rather than 'the victors'. But, this takes nothing from your point. In fact, it augments it--as, an opinion leader in a turbulent system may need the impetus of having grandma and li'l sis made hostage to the decency of his politics.