September 19, 2005


Since the August 17 bombings we have been hearing many conspiracy theories. I wrote in a previous post:
The oppositions are blaming government, the government and the Islami parties are blaming Awami League and its allies and the general people are confused as it is pretty clear that the banned Islamic terrorist organization Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is behind this.

If you look at the above cartoon, you will understand the height of the blame game. Some Jamaat leaders accused even MOSSAD & RAW for the involvement and consistently indicating that JMB is being wrongly accused.

Via Wamy I have encountered another mind-boggling conspiracy theory. He writes:

The intelligence services are reporting that the residences of central Jamaat leaders, my father being one of them, are now targets of the enemy. They are going to come here in an ordinary fashion and hide bomb making materials somewhere near the house or, if possible, inside the house and then they are going to inform the police about that and the next day The Daily Star, Prothom Alo, Jugantor, and all other Jamaat hating newspapers are going to lead the news with an 8 column heading.

No offence to Wamy's personal feelings of insecurity, but I can't understand how on earth this invisible enemy can deploy around 500 bombs all over the country and roam at large without being spotted (presuming the 250 JMB perpetrators as innocent) and now still are able to plant evidences of the crime in somebody's house so that they can be defamed. Are the intelligence people dumb enough failing to figure out which is planted or which is not. Or is Jamaat wary of the fact that a intelligence might be induced into framing Jamaat suggesting a rift in BNP-Jamaat alliance? Is the Jamaat scared of some hidden truth being exposed?

And why these newspapers are accused of Jamaat hating? Because they don't endorse Jamaat views and ask too many questions? As far I know the newspapers quoted do not belong to or patronize any political party. It may be noted that the right wing Islami Newspapers like the Daily Inqilab (which can be deemed as a Awami League and India hater) also brought out the news of the recent JMB raids and no strong claim of framing Jamaat were reported.

I think its time to call a spade a spade and refrain from any more conspiracy theories. If Jamaat is not guilty then they should not dilute the clear water. Let us quit pointing fingures at each other and deal with the enemy of the state together.

"The search for conspiracy only increases the elements of morbidity and paranoia and fantasy in this country. It romanticizes crimes that are terrible because of their lack of purpose. It obscures our necessary understanding, all of us, that in this life there is often tragedy without reason."


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