Muslim extremists do not confine their anger to cartoonists.
In Bangladesh, a blogger named Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to death today in the northeastern city of Sylhet by Islamists wielding machetes.
This is the third such attack since February when Islamists murdered Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi born U.S. citizen in Dhaka. Roy’s wife was also seriously injured in the attack losing a thumb. Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for Roy’s death. In March, another blogger named Washiqur Rahman was hacked to death also in the Bangladeshi capital.
Das had been recently invited to address a meeting of the Swedish chapter of PEN, but the Swedish government denied Das a visa on the grounds he would not return. It would seem the Swedish government is no more eager to “provoke” Muslim extremists than are American elites who fell all over themselves last week condemning Pamela Geller following the attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas at the Muhammad art exhibit she organized.
Bangladesh is a secular country, but it is among the world’s poorest nations and has a weak government. Thus far it has been unable and unwilling to deal with the Islamist threat.
Free speech is under assault by Islamists in Bangladesh, Denmark, France and here in the United States and the governments in all four countries have been on the defensive. As I keep saying over and over again, Islamic extremism is a global phenomenon and I will keep saying so. Perhaps someone will eventually listen.
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