Bangladesh for Beginners
Why Americans should care about the increasingly radical insurgency.
To most of us, Bangladesh seems like a remote mess—poor and devoid of natural resources. The country has been plagued by sectarian violence since its independence, but the nature of that violence is changing, and we ignore the rise of militant Islam there at our own peril. The jihadists will continue to do their best to make our civil intervention look dangerous and impractical. Our disinterest is their most effective weapon.
Eliza Griswold, a fellow at the New America Foundation, is a poet and author of New York Times best-seller The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Islam and Christianity.
Photograph of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia by Farjana K. Godhuly/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images; photograph of the Bangladeshi capitol building in Dhaka on the Slate home page by KRT.