I have no horse in the upcoming Bangladesh elections. Furthermore, I find the Awami League, the BNP, Jamaat-i-Islami, and all the other political parties that come to mind to be seriously lacking in transparency, democracy, ethics, and reason. So, I don't offer this criticism of Khaleda Zia out of any political motive, but out of sincere concern for the nation and people of Bangladesh.
Making proclamations like
"We showed enough of our patience and won't tolerate anymore. We know how to tackle someone trying to create anarchy.
"From now on, if anyone tries to attack on my workers, we will hit back."
is completely irresponsible.
For the leader of a democratic government to make statements such as this following days of massive political violence is not only irresponsible, it's shameful.
The last thing Bangladesh needs right now is for party leaders to fan the flames of political violence. Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina both are failing the people of Bangladesh. The truth is that both should step aside and make way for real democratic political reform.
I believe that, outside of the crony network that has solidified in Bangladesh, the people on the street agree. Says, one Bangladeshi:
Please feel 'embarrassed'
Rafique Ahmed, Gulshan, Dhaka
I believe the problem is not with Mr. Hasan or Mr. Aziz and feeling "embarrassed" by those guys even would not help solve the present crisis created in the country. The main problem lies with the two women heading the two major political parties who do not believe in any solution except confrontation.
Can you imagine how irresponsible they could be by leaving the country for pleasure trips at such a crucial juncture when the entire country was looking forward to the dialogue and on the outcome of which the country's future depended! They are the roots of all evils. Their intransigent behaviour will never allow them to come to a solution even when the country is facing a grave threat. It was Khaled Zia who with the ulterior motive to come back to power by hook or by crook amended the age limit of the Chief Justice to pave the way for a party man to become the head of the caretaker government so that he could manipulate the election result in their favour. Had this irresponsible act been not committed, the present grave situation facing the country would not have occurred in the first instance. It would, therefore, be worthwhile to seek their "embarrassment" first. Unless these two women are removed from the helms of the national affairs, no peace or progress will come to this country ever.
So, let us urge these two women, " Please feel embarrassed and retire and thus save the country from destruction."