Today may be an ordinary day for the rest of us, but it is the day that Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury goes on trial for his life in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr. Choudhury, a Bangladeshi journalist, is accused, he told me, of "praising Jews and Christians," "spying for Israel," and being "an agent of the Mossad" — because he advocated relations between Israel and Bangladesh. He's also accused of being critical of Islamic radicals, which is considered blasphemy. He committed these crimes by writing articles favorable toward Jews and Christians.
When I interviewed him by telephone on Friday, I found him remarkably calm for someone facing death. I sat for a few minutes in a state of near shock after our conversation ended with him politely thanking me for my time and saying, "I hope that people in the world will stand with us against radical Islamists. We can be free together and secure the world for future generations."