What follow acts of terror are death, injuries, wailing relatives, red alerts, promises from higher officials that something will be done, heated discussions, political blame games, candlelight vigils, and what not. Why are we not prepared to prevent such unfortunate incidents? Names of fundamentalist and extremist organizations, religious and political, are repeated every time there is a terror attack. Citizens cling to the faint hope that something will be done. True, the progress of an investigation cannot be revealed but the result of inquiries can be. Is there no end to the investigations?
After every attack, there is a hue and cry, some political mudslinging, and grant of monetary relief to victims. In a short time, we move on as though nothing happened. There will be no arrests as our system waits for culprits to fall in the net by themselves. Do we accept terrorism as part of our lives? Are we satisfied with some compensation and comforting words? In the ground reality in Bangladesh today, fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can't be treated just where it's visible - every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed.