March 15, 2006


I was reading the horrified accounts of the actions of the Rapid Action Battelion (RAB) to catch the bomb expert of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Shakil alias Mollah Omar. They were living in a house called Jannatul Shafi or 'recommended for paradise' in Comilla. But the paradise turned into hell after the inmates refused to surrender and started hurling bombs to the RAB squad, who surrounded the house. The RAB started shooting in defense and after many shooting and bomb blasts when they entered they found the bullet injured body of Mollah Omar wired up to a detonator. In the next room they found blown up bodies of two children of Mollah Omar and his wife Shahida sitted facing to the wall with two pillows in both hands covering the body. Suspecting a bomb in body, the RAB members got out of the room and after a while another powerful bomb went off inside the house, killing Shahida instantly.

She is the modern Magda Goebbles who drugged her six children with morphine, and killed with cyanide capsules broken in their mouths to escape arrest. Magda & Joseph Goebbles were loyal to Hitler as Shakil (Mollah Omar) and his wife were against Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai, who were arrested earlier. It is very interesting to study the commitment and convictions to the cause by the extremists comparing to Nazism. The both ideologies inhibit superiority complexes.

It remains to be seen how fugitive extremists with these kinds of convictions and their supporters can be reverted back to normal life. Only then Bangladesh can win against extremism.


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