Bangladesh: Blogspeak on the Blasts

Hit by over 400 bombs, the Bangladeshi blogosphere provided perspective into the events of August 17 2005.

Bongo Vongo believes this to be the work of fascists. Rezwan asks pertinent questions and attempts to find some answers. ElectrikBlues writes an open letter to all Bangladeshis and asks:

a terrorist attack that involves the explosion of over 500 bombs is an endeavor that requires the involvement of at least 2000 people. chances are, you know someone who was involved in the planning and implementation of this attack. wife, brother, sister, husband, son or cousin – you definitely know someone who had a role to play. the question is not why they did it, but rather why they did it.

More unanswered questions at A way in the world.

Unheard Voices provides details, gives an insight into the the group blamed through quotes and the leaflets found at the blast sites, and links to an article by Zafar on how Bangladesh cannot claim that it hasn't been warned. Wamy asks, “Why should we expect anything better?” saying,

For we allow the corrupt elite to run the country. Instead of overthrowing them from power, we praise them and nourish them and hope that someday these democratically elected corrupt leaders will do something really good for us, for the country.

The links between political instability and the blasts. Similar reflections on democracy and the responsibilities that come with it at Imtiaz's weBlog. The blog also provides the translations of the leaflets of the Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh group claiming responsibility for the blasts.


  • There’s a mistake in the first quote. It’s missing some italics that were in the original blog entry, and they’re very important to the point. The quote should end like this:

    the question is not why they did it, but rather why they did it.

    Without the italics, the sentence doesn’t make sense.

  • Andy:
    Thanks for pointing out. You’re right, it doesn’t make sense otherwise. Mistake rectified.

Join the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency

No thanks, show me the site