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Joe Biden’s disastrous blunder may turn Bangladesh into a neo-Taliban state

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research scholar, and counterterrorism specialist. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers.

Joe Biden’s recent actions may have severe consequences for Bangladesh, potentially turning it into a neo-Taliban state. Following the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, many Afghans who had supported and collaborated with US forces were left in a vulnerable position, targeted by extremist groups. Now, Biden is making a similar mistake in Bangladesh, a South Asian country, by seemingly supporting Islamist forces with a long history of anti-American, anti-Semitic, and anti-Western sentiments, where these Islamist bigots were on-record setting fire on American flag and chanted slogans such as – “Death to America” or “We shall become Taliban, Bangla [Bangladesh] will be Afghan”.

During the 2001-2006 rule of the coalition government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), there were several incidents in Bangladesh where American flags were burnt by protesters. These protests were often triggered by various factors, including political developments, international events, and public sentiment.

Here are a few notable incidents:

Protests Against the Iraq War (2003): One of the significant incidents of flag burning occurred in Bangladesh during the lead-up to and aftermath of the Iraq War in 2003. Many Bangladeshis were opposed to the US-led invasion of Iraq, viewing it as unjust and a violation of international law. As a result, there were protests in different parts of the country where American flags were burned as a symbol of opposition to US foreign policy.

Protests Over the Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal (2004): The revelation of prisoner abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2004 led to global outrage. In Bangladesh, this incident sparked protests, and some demonstrators expressed their anger by burning American flags.

Political Protests (Various Years): Bangladesh has a history of political unrest, and during this period, there were numerous political protests and demonstrations. Some of these protests targeted the US government for its perceived involvement or influence in Bangladeshi politics. As a result, American flags were sometimes burnt during these political demonstrations.

Protests Against US Foreign Policy (Ongoing): The burning of American flags as a form of protest continued to be a recurring theme in Bangladesh, not limited to the period from 2001 to 2006. Some individuals and groups in Bangladesh have used this symbol to express their opposition to various aspects of US foreign policy, including its involvement in the Middle East and other international conflicts.

Meanwhile, in a concerning move, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and officials at the State Department are actively pushing an agenda in Bangladesh that supports Islamist groups, including Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and Hefazat-e-Islam (HeI). Meanwhile, the US ambassador in Dhaka, Peter D. Haas, has been seen associating with those who burn American flags and has even threatened Bangladeshi media outlets with visa-related consequences to push them into becoming propaganda machines for these Islamist forces. What is particularly alarming is that Washington seems to allow its envoy in Dhaka to openly express support for Islamists and anti-American forces, with Haas behaving more like a political activist than a diplomat, which can be tantamount to violating Vienna Convention.

According to the Vienna Convention, diplomats should respect the laws and regulations of the host country and refrain from interfering in its internal affairs. However, Haas and members of the US Embassy in Bangladesh are consistently violating these rules, potentially leading to the host country declaring them persona non grata and expelling them.

It appears that American diplomats are disregarding the Vienna Convention because they are instructed by President Biden and Secretary Blinken to meddle in Bangladesh’s domestic affairs. This agenda could lead to increased instability and uncertainty in Bangladesh and create an environment conducive to pro-Caliphate and pro-Sharia Islamist groups such as BNP and Jamaat gaining power. This, in turn, might serve American interests in exploiting natural resources, gaining economic benefits, and using Bangladesh as a base for destabilizing neighboring countries like India, Myanmar, and China.

Unfortunately, these actions align with Joe Biden’s history of using his position to exert pressure, as seen in his past involvement in Ukraine when it initiated an investigation into financial crimes related to Burisma, a company with links to his son, Hunter Biden.

Burisma Holdings Limited was a holding company based in Kyiv, Ukraine for a group of energy exploration and production companies. In a report, Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs has provided a detailed description on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s direct involvement in financial scandal with Burisma. The United States House Committee on Oversight and Accountability in a report has provided information on Joe Biden’s influence peddling cases, while in another report, it also has provided evidences centering Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s influence peddling schemes’.

As Joe Biden faces potential challenges within his own party for re-election in 2024, he may resort to opening new conflicts worldwide to secure the Democratic nomination. However, such actions may not guarantee his success, as he could face stiff competition, particularly from Republican candidates like Donald Trump. Recent elections in the United States have raised questions about the fairness of the process, potentially further eroding trust in American democracy.

Biden’s abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan and his involvement in the Ukraine-Russia conflict have already resulted in significant challenges for his administration. The ongoing war in Ukraine, in particular, is likely to continue for years, costing billions of American taxpayer dollars.

Furthermore, the United States has been involved in election interference in various African countries under the guise of promoting democracy. This strategy has been implemented in Iraq and Libya in the past, leading to dire consequences in those nations.

Now, turning to Joe Biden’s agenda in Bangladesh, it’s crucial to highlight the legal issues surrounding his son, Hunter Biden. Hunter is facing allegations related to gun laws and drug addiction, but the most significant concern is his alleged involvement in lobbying for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). This party has a history of promoting anti-American sentiment and has been linked to terrorism and militancy. Hunter Biden’s association with the BNP has escalated the situation from an ethical dilemma to a potential legal and diplomatic crisis.

President Biden’s handling of this situation raises questions about his administration’s judgment and ethical stance. Some even question whether this could legally be considered treason, as it involves collaborating with an organization classified as a terrorist entity that is also anti-American. The consequences of this unfolding saga could be severe, impacting not only Hunter Biden but also the entire administration and US foreign policy.

The alleged association between Hunter Biden and the BNP, designated as a “Tier-3 Terrorist Organization” by a US court, poses a significant risk to America’s anti-terrorism efforts. Such alliances could undermine the credibility and effectiveness of American policies against terrorism worldwide.

By supporting the BNP, the Biden administration may inadvertently aid an organization with an agenda that goes against American values and foreign policy objectives. The BNP’s goal is to establish Sharia Law in Bangladesh with the support of Islamist allies, potentially turning the country into an anti-Semitic caliphate. This aligns with the Afghan model and could severely undermine US interests in the region.

Joe Biden’s actions may inadvertently empower Islamist groups in Bangladesh, leading the country towards becoming a neo-Taliban state. The implications of these decisions are far-reaching and could have significant consequences for American foreign policy and the fight against terrorism.

Additionally, controversies surrounding Hunter Biden’s involvement with the BNP raise ethical and potentially legal concerns that could further complicate matters for the Biden administration. The situation calls for careful consideration of the potential consequences and a reevaluation of America’s stance in the region. Finally, the recent vote in the US Congress, where Kevin McCarthy, California Republican and the Speaker of the House has been voted out raises concerns about the stability of American democratic institutions and their ability to function effectively. This dramatic coup d’état also evidently exposes the extremely alarming sign of America’s constitutional institutions.

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research scholar, and counterterrorism specialist. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers.
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