Bangladesh, having done the wrong thing when it arrested Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury and threatened him with death for having the temerity to suggest that Israel ought to be allowed to live in peace and for pointing out the Islamist threat in Bangladesh, is now trying to prove that, if two wrongs don’t make a right, at least they should manage to silence dissent:
On March 18, more than a dozen members of the government’s Rapid Action Battalion stormed Mr. Choudhury’s newspaper offices in Dhaka at gunpoint. After “discovering” illegal drugs in Mr. Choudhury’s desk drawer, the RAB blindfolded Mr. Choudhury and a colleague and carted them to headquarters. There, Mr. Choudhury tells us, his interrogators accused him of being a “Zionist spy” and beat his colleague, Mahboob Ar Rahman, a 57-year-old man who had to seek medical treatment. The pair were released after midnight.
The Bangladeshi thugs, however, seem to have chosen the wrong man to threaten:
The world can’t afford for Bangladesh’s transition to democracy to fail, and Mr. Choudhury’s case is one test of the government’s commitment to keeping the influence of Islamists in check. Mr. Choudhury, for his part, is undeterred. When we spoke to him yesterday he was preparing to publish the newspaper’s next issue. For his country’s sake, he should be allowed to do so unmolested. (Emphasis mine.)
I am awed by Mr. Choudhury’s integrity and bravery. When I see the ridiculous posturing on the American Left, with its street theater and it’s whining about “speaking truth to power,” I wonder how many of them even know of Mr. Choudhury’s plight. Even worse, even if they knew, I wonder if they would care.
And speaking of those on the Left who don’t care, let me remind you that of Congress people on both sides of the aisle, the only one who didn’t care was the smooth talking Barack Obama, the most liberal member of Congress.