The Islamic extremist attacks appear to be continuing unabated in Bangladesh where Muslim extremists are targeting the free speech community. The latest victim is publisher Faisal Arefin Deepan of the Jagriti Prokashoni publishing house, a truly courageous voice for free speech and human rights. Deepen was murdered in his office, the latest in a campaign of terror launched against writers and publishers. Earlier publisher Ahmed Rahim Tutul and two writers were shot and stabbed by three men in the office of the Shudhdhoswar publishing house.
The extreme poverty and low educational levels in Bangladesh make the country an ideal recruiting ground for Muslim extremists. They are targeting atheists, secularists, and writers as enemies of Islamic values.
Extremists have also killed two foreigners — an Italian aid worker and a Japanese agricultural worker.
Deepan was the son of a noted Bangladesh writer Abul Kashem Fazlul Haq and owns Jagritee Publishers.
What is interesting is that, much like extremist Islamic countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, bloggers have been targeted as a threat to the blind orthodoxy being taught by some Islamic groups. As we previously discussed, Anant Bijoy Das, 32, was attacked with cleavers and machetes in May as he left his home on his way to work at a bank in northeastern Bangladesh. In September, Niloy Neel was hacked to death in his Dhaka apartment.
In a tragically ironic twist, the attacks on writers and bloggers reaffirms the power of free speech. These Muslim groups recognize that they cannot teach extremist orthodoxy if people are exposed to new ideas and informed of basic human rights. If their vision of an Islamic state is to prevail, they clearly believe that secularists must be killed or chased from the country. The true tragedy is that free speech is on the decline in the West, as we have been discussing, where Western leaders are yielding to the demand that some must be forced into silence to achieve the appearance of a tolerant and pluralistic society. The opposite is true. True freedom is based first and foremost on free speech. The violence of these extremists shows that there is a clear choice for Western Civilization and that choice remains the same after hundreds of years: free speech versus tyranny. While we seem to have lost patience with free speech (particularly in England, France, and Canada), free speech not only remains our defining right of Western Civilization but our most powerful weapon against tyranny in any form.
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Karen, We have some extremism here. Someone w/ a Dem agenda hijacking ALL the threads. The smart move is to not engage. Although, I don’t respond to him/her and she/he just keeps talking to me. We’ve all encountered this ilk in bars, parties, coffee shops. I’ve often thought of setting up a match website, pair these lonely folks up so they have someone to talk past one on one.
Nick – my Dad travelled to Turkey for our government and, later, the private sector. One of the Turks he worked with was the most honest man he’d ever met. He had survived a Turkish prison, which is apparently often a death sentence. The prisoners are worked to death breaking big rocks into little rocks. The terms are shorter than ours. Once this guy got out, he made it his mission in life to never, ever go back to jail.
Aside from having extremely strict laws, and still being in complete denial about the Armenian genocide, Turkey was more secular and friendly to tourists. As you’ve noted, it, too, is sliding down the extremism ramp. Sad.
Soon, there won’t be much left, huh?
Muslims are killing FREE SPEECH and Bill Gates is killing FREE ENTERPRISE.
“World’s richest man: Only socialism can save planet.”
Whatever shall America do about subversion, nullification and treason?
Congratulations, Mr. Speaker.
Article 2, Section 4
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on
Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High crimes and Misdemeanors.”
We’ve got some problems, too.
Courts? Check out the NYT article on forced arbitration. Our courts have been privatized and the winners are the corporations.
Plenty of that here. So much so, that 90% of readers here feel it necessary to carry.
Turkey just moved right. That’s what you’re hoping for us.
Karen, Turkey used to be somewhat normal, but they’ve gone down the tubes as well.
Saudi Arabia is not much different than ISIS. In fact, most Middle Eastern countries are not much different, just by degree.
Muslim extremism is a global problem. It’s not just a couple of guys in their basement making trouble. It’s a movement on a large scale. I’ve said before that extremism is the norm, not the exception, in every single Muslim country in the Middle East.
Even Dubai, a cosmopolitan tourist spot, would not be a safe place for a man to fling out his arms and yell, “I’m a gay Jew!”
It is true that many Muslims in America are Westernized, and appreciate our modern values. They get along just fine with other faiths. The extremists in the Middle East consider them bad Muslims. The modern Muslims consider the extremists bad Muslims.
None of that changes the fact that Muslim extremism is a dangerous problem behind a lot of violence and human rights violations around the world. Sharia Law abuses human rights, by our American standard, everywhere it is practiced as criminal law. It is immaterial that it is not the sole source of violence, as apologists like to point out. The fact remains that it is a clear and present danger, and it is expanding.
My heart goes out to the murdered journalists and bloggers, targets of extremism. They were very brave, working for change at obviously great risk.
“To each his own,” words I pray extremists one day understand and learn from.
“Sphere of influence”. That was a phrase or concept articulated by George F. Kennan or one of those guys of the 50s era. Our sphere of influence was the western hemisphere and the Russians could be and should be concerned about Afghanistan. In the 1980 time period America promoted and created guerrilas in Afghanistan to throw out the Russians. al Qaeda is of our making. Now we have been there for nine years fighting al Qaeda. Bring back the Russians. Afghanistan is not worth “saving”. No territory in the muddle east besides Egypt and Israel are worth protecting.
I’m hoping people see the connection between this post and the French High Court one. I don’t think their sequence is serendipitous.
It seems that religionists are scared to death that their religion might be false, and if it is, they have nothing. Since all they have is their religion-based mental framework, everything that threatens it must be destroyed. They need help with infrastructure, health care, education, so that they have something beside religion (false hope) that makes their lives worthwhile.
Ironically most Americans won’t hear about this assault on free speech because their regular news source is is assaulting free speech. They decide what their viewers need to know.
Barkin, A friend called me today from KC. He had a ticket for me on Tuesday. I’m glad I didn’t get to use it.
Your last sentence says it all. That’s why us lovers of the Constitution, particularly free speech, are loyal readers.
Royals won the World Series. Good game, great series.
I would like to see Putin go to full scale war with ISIS. And I agree with Lisa, they are filthy pigs. Go Vlad!
I hope Vladimir Putin can do what our balless president can’t or won’t and kill those filthy ISIS pigs.
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