Left-leaning folks in Bangladesh should better watch
out of Islamists
By Shiraj Uddin Shopon
The left and right-leaning
politicians in Bangladesh are now competing with each other to protest
against the war America waged in Iraq.
The right wing politicians of the fascist Jamaat-I-Islami, Islami
Unity Council, Islami Constitution Movement (Islami Shahshontonthro
Andolon), and other government-supported fundamentalist organizations
are taking to the street while shouting against the coalition attack on
Iraq. The left wing politicians, especially those who belong to the
communist party are also shouting against USA on the street alongside
Jamaat-I-Islami supporters in unison with their foes. Thus, the two opposing forces are chanting almost the same
slogans against the coalition forces.
The war against Iraq has ended not with a bang but with a whimper
to paraphrase late American-born British poet T.S. Eliot.
However, the slogans of the left and right wing politicians have
not yet ended on the streets of Bangladesh at least for the time being.
A third force [in most part
belong to the pacifist groups] hid urged the world leaders all along not
to start a war against Iraq. This
force consists mainly secular humanist intellectuals, notably Journalist
Shahriar Kabir, Professor Kabir Chowdhury, Professor Muntasir Mamun, and
others. They want a better
world, free of hatred and conflicts.
Not like the people of Jamaat-I-Islami or the communist party. They
all have an agenda of secular humanism and liberalism for Bangladesh.
The hard-core members of Communist Party and Jamaat-I-Islami have
different agenda, though. The
Communist Party wants to establish the dictatorship of the so-called
proletariat and the Jamaat-Islmai wants to establish the theocratic
dictatorship. It would not
escape the rapt attention of erudite folks that these two competing
factions are against each other on religion and on other core issues.
The Islamists are ruthless against those who oppose Islamic
theocratic fascism. Given the
opportunity, the Islamists in Bangladesh will massacre the Communist Party
members by beheading and stoning them a la Islamic fashion.
Needless to say, the Islamists will have executed the godless
communists by the rules laid out by the so-called peaceful seventh century
Bedouin Prophet of the Arabs.
Strange as it may sound,
both the left and the right wing parties are close to each other while
protesting against the coalition forces on the streets of Bangladesh. I bet that the communists of Bangladesh are naive.
After the demise of communist super power, these folks still think
to bring communism in a predominantly Muslim country like Bangladesh is
possible. How will they
create jobs for the impoverished people of Bangladesh without the support
of a world superpower? How will they access world market by antagonizing
USA and other western nations? These
folks should look beyond their tunnel vision and face the reality.
About their street protests alongside the Jamaat-I-Islami and other
fascist Islami parties, I can unhesitatingly say that they are helping
these Islamists to capture the full power of the Bangladesh government
within a short time whether they realize this or not.
Now the Islamists are in power in an alliance with the
semi-Islamic, Neo-Muslim League “nationalist” party headed by Khaleda
Zia. On Iraq, these fascist
Islamists will use the religious sentiment to gain more support among the
Muslim believers. The
Islamists will then get an opportunity of their lifetime to form their own
government. They will use the
existing fragile democratic system of Bangladesh to kill it by
implementing fundamentalist Talibani-type or Iranian Ayatollah-type
Islamic model. I bet, the
gullible Bangladeshi Muslims will not vote for the secular parties on the
cause of Iraq war. The Muslim
folks are gullible by nature. We
all know that. Already, they
have forgotten the genocide of the Islamists that occurred in 1971.
The fox-like characters [under the garb of Bangladesh über Alles
slogan] are out there in cyber space to rewrite the history of the
liberation war of Bangladesh.
Wittingly or unwittingly,
the left wing political parties and some of the secular organizations are
helping the fascist Islamists to gain popularity among the gullible Muslim
folks of Bangladesh. Similar
thing happened in Iran in the late 1970s.
The secular humanists of Iran supported the movement against Shah.
The Iranian Islamists were doing the movement under the Ayatollahs.
See, what happened. The
Ayatollahs under the command of the mass murderer Khomeini took the power
of Iran with the able help of the left wing intellectuals.
The fascist Islamists spent no time to ruthlessly kill most of the
secular people of Iran. Many
fled to Europe to save their lives. Does
anyone remember Bani Sadar? The
Islamist Ayatollahs first allowed a secularly educated person named Bani
Sadar to become the president of Iran.
However, they were about to kill him for his secular views.
He had to flee to Paris to save his dear life from the wrath of the
Islamists in Iran. While Bani
Sadar was lucky to escape, many others were executed in cold blood.
Because of this unfortunate development in the early 1980s, many secular
Iranians now repent for their un-wavered support of the movement against
Shah, who was much better as a human being than the fascist Islamists.
These Islamists not only established theocratic barbarian Islamic
rule in Iran but also took the country backwards stalling the progress of
the Iranian society. I
request the secular people of Bangladesh to be aware of the fascist
Islamists. Please ponder over the role they played as Fifth Columnists
while our valiant people fought tooth and nail against the genocidal
Pakistani army during our liberation war in 1971.
If the Mullahs ever come to power in Bangladesh, the communists and
all varieties of leftists will be led to the guillotine chamber. Therefore, the left-leaning folks in Bangladesh should think
twice before they shake hands with the Islamists whose hands are already
stained with the blood of our fallen heroes.
Need I say anything else?
Shiraj Uddin Shopon writes from Washington D.C.
His e-mail address is – [email protected]