I think Mr. Hossain missed my point.
I am never saying that Jamaat is not to be blamed for the sins committed in 1971. Or forgiven!
I am not saying that Jamaat is right and that they are voice of the majority.
I am not saying that we should adopt the Islamic rule over our secular democracy.
I am not saying Jamaat is the answer or our weapon in the war against terrorism.
What I am saying is that to put Jamaat and JMB under the same banner is to over simplify a complicated and dangerous situation. We by doing this will not put our concentration, energy or resources behind finding the actual root of the problems facing our nations.
Bangladesh’s electoral, despite being by and far illiterate and Muslim has not been swept by the hypnosis of our Islamic leaders. Unfortunately because we (main stream political parties and the intelligentsia) are busy pointing fingers at each other we have forgotten to guide the citizens of this land. This has left a blank slate for the JMB and its ilk to draw on. To mould young impressionable minds. We need to retake the leadership. We need to preach secularism. We need to convert the disillusioned. We need to give the nation hope and a vision.
Without vision there is no future! And with hope there isn’t any suicide bombers!
This is not going to happen overnight. But the process needs to start.