Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bangladesh: Hasina And Khaleda Can Now Stay

Rezwan is reporting that the Bangladesh government had a change of heart, and will now allow Sheik Hasina to return to Bangladesh and let Khaleda Zia remain in the country. What a stunning reversal—and a humiliating one at that! It seems the caretaker government is very sensitive to international criticism. Rezwan quotes an official from the U.S. Department of State:

"If the caretaker government does not take right decisions, there is a real possibility that this can threaten Bangladesh democracy and nobody wants to see that."
It’s all official diplospeak, of course, but what the good man is saying is this: “we have publicly supported you, so don’t make us look like fools by acting like idiots.” I think the caretaker government got the message, clearly and loudly.