Anniversary at crossroads - PublishedOn:20080111 CrossTalk...

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Published On: 2008-01-11 Editorial Cross Talk  Anniversary at crossroads Mohammad Badrul Ahsan Today, right on the dot is the first anniversary of 1/11. The first thing that comes to mind isn't where we have  finished but where we had started. One year ago, around this time, we had come dangerously close to what  I would call the Rumpeltstiltskin moment. Rumpeltstiltskin is a dwarf character from a fairy tale. In a flight of  rage, he tore himself into two with his own hand.  One year ago, we were about to do the same thing. A nation seething with rage was on the verge of tearing  itself apart. First round of applause to the army; they didn't let it happen. There are now many criticisms of what was then the last resort. The army could still remain in the barracks.  The country could still roil with hatred and violence. Many more people could get killed, properties could get  damaged, and we could live in a gangland turmoil. Many things may have gone wrong since then, but one  year ago there were not too many right options. The country was rapidly sinking into chaos. But one year later, where do we stand? Two days ago, four advisors of the caretaker government turned in  their resignations. Roughly a week before them, another advisor had stepped down. Are these indications of 
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2010 for the course CSE 1234 taught by Professor Cho during the Spring '10 term at Bangladesh University of Eng and Tech.

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