From Bangladesh, a Profile In Courage

Details about the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, continue to emerge. The New York Times has this story about three friends from Atlanta’s Emory University who were in the cafe when the terrorists struck:

Early in the morning, the gunmen released a group of women wearing hijabs and offered a young Bangladeshi man, Faraz Hossain, the opportunity to leave, too, said Hishaam Hossain, Mr. Hossain’s nephew, who had heard an account from the hostages who were freed.

Mr. Hossain, a student at Emory University, was accompanied by two women wearing Western clothes, however, and when the gunmen asked the women where they were from, they said India and the United States. The gunmen refused to release them, and Mr. Hossain refused to leave them behind, his relative said. He would be among those found dead on Saturday morning.

Abinta Kabir, Faraaz Hossain and Tarishi Jain

Abinta Kabir, Faraaz Hossain and Tarsi Jain, all of whom were murdered

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Mr. Hossain’s courageous act was not futile: like the passengers on Flight 93, he struck a blow for humanity and freedom against the vicious evil of extreme Islam.

More information is emerging about the terrorists, too.

“They are from rich families, they have good educational background,” [Bangladesh’s] Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.

This is as expected. Islamic terrorists are generally prosperous, intelligent and well educated. The vast gulf between them and Mr. Hossain is not one of wealth or education, but rather the abyss that separates good and evil.


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