I subscribe to a monthly magazine published by the Embassy to India of the USA called ‘Span’. I received their latest issue along with an insert that shows the American flag and the Indian flag side by side along with a message that reads – “Joined in sorrow, we stand together against terror.”
This little gesture from the American embassy sends me a great message. That the Americans care. This message was further buttressed by the visit, albeit a very brief one, from our dear friend Phil from Georgia, who comments fairly frequently on my posts, who too expressed the same sentiment while confirming that many Americans from his patch of green felt the same way.
I have already posted my feelings and thoughts about the 26th November act of terrorism in Mumbai which has now become known as 26/11. That is how we write our dates, following our very long association with the British, the date first and then the month. Today, I read a fascinating blog on the motivation behind terrorism and I recommend that all my readers spend a few moments reading it here.
My friends and I are convinced that there is a great deal of relating to our angst by the American public. Subsequent events have gone a long way towards convincing us that the Americans ache for us and wish to do everything possible to fight our ghosts as well as their own.
This post is about another related problem which perhaps is not receiving the attention that it deserves. Despite all the drama that has taken place between Pakistan and India, Pakistan is again getting away with murder. Despite overwhelming evidence provided by the FBI and the British intelligence, and despite Prime Minister Brown of the UK openly stating that most of the acts of terrorism in the UK can be traced to Pakistan, Pakistani establishment has flatly denied that no evidence exists to prove such accusations and that it will not take any action against the perpetrators of these heinous acts.
There are many readers of this blog from the USA and I appeal to them to do what they can to spread the information that American funding of Pakistan, in billions of dollars is going down the tube. That state is being called a rogue state on the verge of economic collapse and some of its powerful military elements are hand in glove with the Taliban who in turn are in cahoots with the Al Quida. The funds go to finance arms and the pockets of some of the powerful elements in the establishment, mostly military and military connected. The arms are not being used to fight terrorism as the American establishment fondly hopes but to build up for aggression against India. The Americans have been taken for a long ride over the last many years and for those interested, I shall give enough links to posts in blogs from American sources to confirm this. The situation is no different now, post 26/11.
India has lived with Pakistan sponsored terrorism for the past many years, will live and deal with it in its own way in the foreseeable future. India has alos fought four official wars and one unofficial one, with Pakistan and has the wherewithal and confidence to fight again if necessary. Unlike Pakistan, which has disowned its citizens on the latest act of terror and the last war in Kargil, India has openly acknowledged its responsibility for its citizens. What is ground reality in Pakistan, is that rogue elements with sufficient inputs and support from official elements within Pakistan’s ISI and armed forces are allowing the Talibanisation of Pakistan which is a dangerous portent for the West more than it is for us.
What more needs to be done to convince the American establishment that they are flirting with and financing a snake which will turn back and bite America sooner or later?