Catch our children alive to know more about terrorism31 July 2016 Editorial Desk
The citizens are in dark why their adolescent sons are becoming militant, who brainwashed them, and which factors motivated the modern-educated youth from affluent families. The peace-loving Bangladeshis are in constant fear of the next blow by the so-called jihadists, influenced by global terrorist group ISIL. In the three incidents from July 1 to July 26, all the "militants" were killed by law enforcers despite there were much scopes to get the suspect militants arrested alive which could help us to know the mental makeup of the militants. We need to unearth the root of militancy, who mentor the militants, who finance, and which socio-political factors work behind the moulding of the once fun-loving youths into "determined terrorists". Perhaps, we -- the state elements and media, are missing some points for that we are failing to read the society in which high level intolerance and wrong explanation of Islam overrule family kin, love, beauty of the earth to these youths.What happened in all the three incidents, which jolted the country and every mind, which blurred the image of the country and turned it unsafe to our long-tested development partners -- Japan, Italy, South Korea and many other countries should be examined and analyzed thoroughly in an in-depth length.In Gulshan Café attack, 20 hostages were brutally murdered during the chilling siege before the commandoes stormed Holey Artisan in Dhaka's secured diplomatic zone on July 2. In the "Operation Thunderbolt" all six suspected militants were killed while two police officials were also killed. Global terror outfit Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, what we knew through the US-based SITE Intelligence Group. Here, we failed to get any trace or clue to nab the terrorists' mastermind. On Eid day, seven to eight youths killed two policemen by exploding a bomb aiming at police check-post set at entrance of Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj. Later, a gunfight between police and the militants left a female and a suspected militant killed on the spot. Police nabbed two suspected militants from the spot.And the latest operation "Storm 26" that saw nine suspected militants killed in a Kalyanpur flat on July 26 raised questions about veracity of the police operations. In the photographs, we have seen all the suspected militants killed by bullets on their backs. Not only that they were not attacking anything but they were found fully-dressed wearing boots early in the morning. They were all smiling in pictures not showing any anxiety of fear. We want to defend the police and that is why our anxiety should be to try our best to save the alleged terrorists and an opportunity should be available to know publicly their thinking. We are not dealing with ordinary criminals for greed. Terrorists are motivated and what our alleged young terrorists have to say must be known to the people. We cannot seek people's cooperation unless the people are furnished with the truth. Truth about terrorism cannot be only a matter of police operation and police investigation. The people must know the truth about the alleged terrorists.After analyzing the profiles of the killed militants or suspected militants, we see most of them are youths in their teen age and come from affluent families who get university degrees and even some from US. The family profiles of the killed youths also highlighted that some have come from leaders of the ruling Awami League that has broken the old propagation "Madrasha are the harbour of militants". Most of the militants killed in the three incidents were allegedly missing from their families for several months to years, which irked the human rights defender earlier. If law enforcers can, and what they should, nab the militants alive, we can have a chance to read out their psychological frame of mind, their mindset, their agony and the factors what turning or influencing them to turn into cruel terrorists. Sociologists and psychologists should also do some research works to find out the youths' frustration, their agony and crisis of our family, society, education curriculum and undemocratic environment. Unless catching them and the people know publicly by talking to the alleged terrorists we shall not be able to deal with the crisis socially and openly. If they are misguided, we must not kill them but help them become responsible citizens. They are our dear children. What is more important is that the militants cannot be only the matter of police investigation. By killing them on mere suspicion will work the wrong way. Most importantly they are our children. They are not foreign elements and hence we cannot be careless about lives. It is important that professionalism of the police must not be coloured by political interest. The alleged terrorists must be apprehended alive for helping the people to restore peace and to be sure of the truth about our own children and also to save our police from any suspicion of wrong doing. We have to save our children and put trust in professionalism of our police.