Summary: Bomb attacks in Egypt and London were editorially condemned. "Daily Star" urged the government to be alert about terror threats. "Amer Desh" condemned alleged remarks by a U.S. Congressman urging President Bush to attack Mecca.
Bomb Attacks in Sharms el Sheik and London
"Terror attacks multiply: Need to tackle things calmly" Independent English language newspaper "Daily Star" editorially comments (7/24):
The series of deadly attacks at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, killing at least 60 and injuring over 100, has come on the heels of a second round of bombings in London, thankfully causing far less damage. While there is no evidence as yet that the attacks are linked in any way, it seems indisputable that we are now in the middle of a concerted terror offensive. There are no words to express our anger and disgust at those who kill and maim innocent people indiscriminately and with impunity for the sole reason of spreading terror. Our hearts go out to the victims and their near and dear ones. Islam, which literally means a religion of peace, does not sanction suicide, far less the killing of innocents by suicide bombers. Those who take the name of Islam to do it are shaming a great religion and putting Muslims throughout the world at some risk. It seems to us that the bombings were approached by the British authorities in a calm and mature manner, with Muslim MPs and religious and community leaders being consulted and co-opted. That said, the recent shooting to death of a young man at a subway station is potentially troubling. The rules of engagement have been changed in light of the gravity of the current situation. It may well be that the police had their reason to act as they did, but it is important that the public be fully aware of how and why such an action was taken. It is important at a time like this to approach things in a calm and sagacious manner. This is how the authorities cracked the first London bombing case so swiftly. This is the toughest and most delicate investigation the British authorities have ever been faced with, and the Egyptians are about to experience the same thing. There must be no misuse of the new powers that law enforcement will need to get to the bottom of such atrocities, either in the UK or Egypt or elsewhere. Which brings us to Bangladesh. Our observations here are two- fold. One, the government must do more to contain any possible spread of terror. CCTV is a good idea, but it is not enough. The government must take the threat seriously. Two, the fact that the threat is real and needs to be addressed cannot be an excuse for government repression and harassment of its opponents. A cool and clear head is the order of the day.
"Barbarism by the British Police" Independent Bangla language newspaper "Amar Desh" editorially comments (7/24):
After the second bomb attack in London, the concern of peace loving people has increased manifold over the course of events. It is really a matter of concern that terrorist attacks cannot be prevented although the London police are highly trained and equipped with modern weapons. Side by side, the British Muslim community has every reason to be alarmed at what the British police are doing in the name of searching the source of terrorism. Relatives of many Bangladeshi families have long been living in Britain. Therefore, we are also not free from their concern. We strongly condemn terrorism as it has created a deep crisis for mankind. But we cannot but condemn the state terrorism that a specific community is facing in the name combating terrorism. The way the police in London killed a youth on Friday is unthinkable in a civilized society.
We strongly condemn attempts to accuse the entire Muslim population of terrorism not only in Britain, but also in Europe and the U.S. A U.S. congressman recently urged President Bush to launch attacks on Muslim religious installations, including Mecca. His remarks give a partial picture of hostility to Muslims in western nations. We, for obvious reasons, fear that this kind of remarks will help the spread of terrorism, instead of eradicating terrorism. Those who preach democracy and human rights in the rest of the world must show humane qualities in their words and practice. Otherwise, the fire of unrest will continue to rage.