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Looking back at this day eight years ago
Posted:Feb 24, 2017
 
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Eight years have passed since the gruesome BDR massacre in 2009. The trial is in the process of conclusion, although several under trial BDR mutineers have died during the process, some due to heart attack. 
 
25 Feb cannot be just any other day of the year. 57 officers, that is 10 more than the number of officers killed during the entire period of our Liberation War, and 17 equally unfortunate others, were killed in the two days of carnage. A lot have been written on how the situation was handled, and in this column over the years since then, we have offered our views on it. While it is easy to be wise after the event, opinions are still divided, and questions are being raised about the issue of storming the BDR headquarters and the cost of doing or not doing so. We know the answer to one. The answer to the other shall never be known. But it is dangerous to delve into hindsight because those who do so, according to a wise man, suffer twice, once in reality and then in retrospect. Therefore, delving into what might have been will inflict more pain on the aggrieved members of the victims' families rather than offer any solace. One might well argue that there were other options that the decision makers might have taken. However, the final choice of option had to be made in the fog of the situation, weighing up the likely consequences of each available option, all of which, one can assume, had been deliberated upon. Therefore, one may critique the final course of action on many counts and discover loopholes. But let it be only said that a good decision is one whose rationale and outcome survive the years that follow the event. We can only leave it to posterity to be the best judge.   
 
Read more at: http://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/strategically-speaking/looking-back-day-eight-years-ago-1366714
 

Daily Star, February 25, 2017

 
 
 
 
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