On the other hand, Delhi believes that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is much more circumspect about Islamabad’s intentions and much more willing to keep India in Afghanistan, in the short as well as the long term. When Kayani, followed by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, reaches Washington in the coming days, they are likely to find that it is Clinton who takes the tough calls.Clinton understands that when the US forces get out of Afghanistan, sooner rather than later, India and to a certain extent, Russia, will be the only regional players — not Pakistan, China or Iran — that the US will be able to depend upon to settle the chaos that is likely to ensue. (via Jyoti Malhotra: Filling the post-US vacuum).
And quietly fade away …
Dylan Thomas wrote some interesting poetry – and one couplet that stays in my mind says,
“Do no go gentle into the good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Will the West quietly fade away. After all, Britain created the mischief of Pakistan and Kashmir, before leaving. And Jyoti Malhotra looks at Afghanistan, Pakistan through a Western prism.
This ability to light fires in the Indian backyard is a Western specialty – and that is what needs addressal. This means that India must take charge – and must have both objectives and means . India must enunciate its own Monroe Doctrine for South Asia, later for SE Asia and finally for Asia. Military intervention by ‘foreign powers’ in South Asia must become history. This is the objective that must occupy Indian minds. The recent Copenhagen Circus was an excellent demonstration of Western designs.
What the Afghans need
Coming to winning Afghan hearts. A few hospitals, sundry schools and some roads will take us, India and Afghanistan, nowhere. What Afghanistan needs, is a blueprint, a roadmap, to get out of the Desert Bloc quagmire, they are into. What the Afghans need is a fresh dose of भारत्तंत्र - Bharat-tantra, the Indic political system. It was भारत्तंत्र which made Buddhist priests a force in the entire SE Asia.
But then, that begs a question. Is भारत्तंत्र Bharat-tantra alive in India? Do Indian follow Bharat-tantra?
For the fact is that officials in the Bush administration instituted torture as a policy, misled the nation into a war they wanted to fight and, probably, tortured people in the attempt to extract “confessions” that would justify that war. And during the march to war, most of the political and media establishment looked the other way.
It’s hard, then, not to be cynical when some of the people who should have spoken out against what was happening, but didn’t, now declare that we should forget the whole era — for the sake of the country, of course. (via Op-Ed Columnist – Reclaiming America’s Soul – NYTimes.com).
Paul Krugman in his true and real colours
I liked this Op-Ed peice by Paul Krugman. It shows him in his best colours – as a hypocrite, psuedo-moralist, with patently false concerns.
His concern is about the use of torture or 3rd degree methods, in a nation that “used to be, a nation of moral ideals”. He wants to do this “not just for the sake of our position in the world, but for the sake of our own national conscience”.
Much before the elections it was clear that all the three candidates were on the same side. Their wrangling was all a wrangling for the spoils of power.
A simple question?
Who exactly did the US of A use torture against? Reading Krugman, you cannot ever make-out that the victims were NOT American citizens.
Squeamish, or evasive? Or just a plain affliction of false delicacy? Krugman, you are not being escapist, are you? No “I” word at all. God forbid, but Krugman does not mention, not once – Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Islam, Muslim. Not even once. Good fer ya, Paul!
Krugman signing off …
what we really should do for the sake of the country is have investigations both of torture and of the march to war. These investigations should, where appropriate, be followed by prosecutions — not out of vindictiveness, but because this is a nation of laws. We need to do this for the sake of our future. For this isn’t about looking backward, it’s about looking forward — because it’s about reclaiming America’s soul.
I dont know much about ‘investigations,’ ‘America’s Soul,’ or ‘the nations of laws’ – but what I know is that the Rest of the World should do something about a rampant American gone horribly wrong.
And the answers are simple
Just do two things.
Go out and buy gold. If all the readers of this blog bought one kg of gold, the US dollar (and all other paper currency systems) will crash. Phoooos! Yes that the sound of escaping air from the punctured dollar.
Just stop drinking Pepsi and Coke – and dont step into a McDonald’s. If Coke and Pepsi sales in China, India, Brazil and Russia collapsed, it will start a domino effect.