January 31, 2006
Islamic Extremism Strikes Bangladesh
BY David Montero
Leaflets left at the sites of suicide attacks castigate the corruption of the judicial system, saying only God's law can truly bring justice.
History was made twice in one week here, when the country experienced its first suicide bombings just days before the first-ever visit of Bill Gates. On the road out to Gazipur, a small city 20 miles north of the capital, Dhaka several posters read, "Long live Mr. Bill Gates and Mrs. Melinda Gates." It was a symbol of the country's burgeoning prosperity. But I was headed to Gazipur because, only days earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the name of establishing Islamic law. Bangladesh might have Microsoft now, but it also has global jihad.