Letters to the Editor
Readers write about Bangladesh's counterterrorism efforts, US-Venezuela relations, and California fire prevention.
Bangladesh asserts its success in counterterrorism
Regarding Selig S. Harrison's July 8 Opinion piece, "Terrorists in Bangladesh?": The piece fails to take into account the sincere efforts being made by the caretaker government in its final days to return to sustainable democratic norms and practices.
The government not only brought about numerous changes in our administrative and judicial systems, it also went to extra lengths to launch campaigns to make people aware of the misleading propaganda of the country's radicals.
Investigation by Bangladeshi law enforcement agencies found the alleged connection between Bangladeshi extremists and Al Qaeda or other international terror networks to be unfounded.
Bangladesh has taken steps to guard against terrorist financing organizations by strengthening financial intelligence units operating in the Bangladesh Bank and by amending the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2002.
On regional stability and peace, Bangladesh and India have been cooperating to combat terrorism in the region.
The present caretaker government of Bangladesh remains committed to the task with which it is entrusted and would appreciate a true reflection of the steps being undertaken. Because of sincere and honest governance, the people of Bangladesh are on the verge of realizing their hope for a vibrant and democratic future, and they want understanding from their friends and well-wishers.
How an Obama win could help Chávez
In response to the July 16 article, "Could an Obama win hurt Chávez?": A perceived threat in Latin America, as a right-wing United States administration is, may help regional leaders gain and hold the support of militants and hard-liners, but it is difficult to imagine that Hugo Chávez's popularity among the general populace hangs on the existence of a bogeyman to the north, as suggested in the article.