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Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Jaistha 31, 1423 BS, Ramadan 8, 1437 Hijri

The massacre in Orlando
Published :Tuesday, 14 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 5

Once again, the United States of America has come under terrorist attack. This time, the attack was made on Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in which at least 50 people have been killed by a gunman.  The mass shooting is the worst of its type in US history in terms of casualties it has caused. At first, our reaction to the deadly incident would be one of sympathy and solidarity for the victims and their families. We also express our solidarity with the people of the USA in general and of Orlando in particular for the horror they have undergone at the news of the massacre. We believe an attack on any innocent human being is an attack on the whole mankind.
We are yet to know the motive of the attack and whether the attacker --- a 29-year-od American citizen named Omar Mateen, who has been shot dead by police --- made the attack on his own or it was an act of organised terrorism. Still, we are shocked, as all people of decency would be, that how anyone could do this. It is really appalling that people who had come out to enjoy the evening had their lives shattered in gunfire.
From the nature of the attack it can be perceived that it was a targeted attack on gay people. Although homosexuality is legal in America, it is viewed as sinful and unnatural by many Americans. Very often, the homosexuals are marginalised and demonised in society there. This particular group of people has been targeted before as well. It is easily perceivable that these people will feel more insecure after the recent massacre. The sense of insecurity might even transmit to other minority groups in America. So, the American administrations must not spare any efforts to reinforce the sense of security among all its citizens, regardless of LGBT, Muslim, atheist etc and protect their rights.     
The US is a country that, as it claims, valorises freedom above everything else. It too often edifies other countries with regard to protecting human rights and freedom of people. It even steps into the internal affairs of other countries to demonstrate its global leverage in the name of bringing peace and protecting human rights. Although it is different that most often than not its interference deteriorates the situation instead of improving it. But this dreadful mass shooting --- and all those of the similar type taking place in the country on a frequent basis --- has brought to the fore that freedoms of people are not entirely protected in its own soil. Therefore, it would be commendable that the country shifts its focus towards protecting its own people's freedoms it purports to defend all over the world first.  
We once again express our deep condolence to the victims of the carnage in Orlando and expect that the Americans will get over this shock soon. May sagacity and love prevail over lunacy and hatred!

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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