Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Chaos in Bangladesh

Nazli Kibria's LA Times article on the chaos in her native Bangladesh is a must-read (hat tip Rezwan). She writes:

What prevails today in Bangladesh is a climate of impunity for terrorists, fostered by the apathy of the government and its repeated claims that there is no terrorism problem. And so those who wish to hurl grenades at members of the opposition or to bomb secular cultural events or to club to death progressive writers and intellectuals may do so without fear of prosecution. Music festivals, movie theaters and even a Valentine's Day reception have all been the scenes of recent attacks.

We are reminded of this Alexander Pope verse (from Dunciad) that inspired the title of a Nirad Chadhuri classic:

Lo! thy dread Empire, Chaos! is restored;
Light dies before thy uncreating word:
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall;
And universal Darkness buries All.

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