Solution Before The Problem – II

Back again to some serious stuff. I confess that I made an error in judgment about the new American judgment in my earlier post here. It is worth reading my response to Delirious about what I believed was the new administrations agenda on Pakistan.

I had not anticipated such rapid developments on Pakistan and on day 1 President Obama has ruffled feathers in Pakistan and the cat and mouse games have started all over again. Our leading newspaper in Western India, the Times of India catches the nuances quite well and I urge my American friends to give some time to this article.

I also request my American friends to read this post by my friend Jerry Davich in his blog. This is also a case, unusual for its novelty value to keep track of a politicians promises and his ability or willingness to deliver on them. I hope to start something like this in India come next elections for our national parliament, just three months away. Here is a case of the solution being presented before the problem becomes one! Just citizens monitoring action!!

Solution Before The Problem.

The Economic Times of today carried this cartoon.

This, apart from being funny, is so profound that it has occupied my mind since I read it this morning.

How often do we offer solutions before we know the problem! Let me give you an example.

There is news item this morning in our newspapers that the Secretary Of State designate, Mrs. Clinton has proposed trebling the non military aid to Pakistan as a measure to solve the quagmire that Pakistan has become because of its nuclear capability.

The solution here is trebling the non military aid. What is the problem? I have so far not come across any mention of the problem that asks for a solution of this largesse. What has happened to all the non military aid that the USA has been giving Pakistan all these decades? Where has it been spent? Who benefited from it? What results on the ground are there for proof of having spent that money on development projects?

My American readers may have some answers. Neither the Pakistani press nor any other source is able to give me answers.

Do you have any idea as to what the problem is, for this solution that Mrs. Clinton has come up with?

Pakistani Militant Confesses.

I draw the attention of my readers to this article in the New York Times.

Pakistani establishment has been accepting, denying and casting aspersions on everybody else in the world like an ostrich with its head buried in the sand.

The leadership is scared of the ISI and the militants who enjoy official patronage. They dare not take action against these elements within their borders.

Indians will live with terrorism and chest thumping by this rogue state which has its begging bowl out for dole from the rest of the world. India will survive. Pakistan I suspect will not. Even the Kashmiris, have now shown that they would rather be with India in the recent elections held there. I am not surprised. Who in his right mind will want to join a failing state whose sole purpose to exist seems to be to promote terrorism within its borders, export it to neighboring countries and to get it all financed by the gullible Americans and other Western Countries.

I further draw the reader’s attention to an article and another earlier article in The Economist. Such an impartial publication cannot be too far off the mark.

A number of us in India dread the prospect of “moderate” English speaking urban Pakistanis flooding into India as refugees when the Taliban and the Al Quida convert Pakistan into their country for which they have been longing for for all this time. In India we consider the Pakistani belief that the Taliban is encouraged by India as the biggest joke of the century. Are these people blind, deaf and completely immune to the global media?

I lived in Delhi when we had Afghan refugees coming into India en route to Western Countries. Perhaps the same will happen in the case of Pakistan. I doubt that Indians will extend the same hospitality to the Pakistanis if they do decide to flee the Taliban and the Al Quida. The Indian Muslims will be first ones to turn them away after they have seen the duplicity of the so called Pakistani neutral press in the recent past.

Every Dollar and Euro and Pound that goes to Pakistan as aid, hastens this prospect.

Terrorism

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?

What Have I been doing?

Recently, I have not been blogging as much as I normally do. This has been due to the turmoil that all of us went through post November 26, with telephone calls, emails, group mails, social network alerts and comments on posts etc. This activity has certainly tapered off but has not completely disappeared.

I was also preoccupied with the planning for the arrival of my father to live with us, his arrival and settling him in comfortably. After his arrival, some alterations to the bathroom to suit his convenience had to be arranged for and finally, all was completed to his satisfaction yesterday. His personal effects that have been trucked, is expected to arrive tomorrow and that will take a couple of days to unpack and arrange.

Next week therefore, promises to be busy with the unpacking to start with, my weekly class, and a planned for visit to fit my father with a hearing aid too. So, I may not be able to post much next week too. I am just about managing to keep up with reading my regular bookmarked blogs and commenting on them.

In all this, the horror of the recent terrorist attack has never been far away from my consciousness. There are so many mails and analysis in newspapers, magazines etc that one is not allowed to forget. The paradox of the captured terrorist singing like a canary, seeking forgiveness from India, all those affected and pleading to be sent back to Pakistan is an amazing development. This baby faced monster expects India to do all this? What drama!

If proof was needed that these animals do not have the same normal feelings that we other human beings have, can be summed up by the news item in the BBC. I reproduce it here to illustrate and also give a link for those interested to read the full article. The report is following the visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan by Mr. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of Britain. Do read on.

“The prime minister’s visit to Afghanistan came a day after four Royal Marines were killed in two separate bomb attacks.

Mr Brown spoke of his “disgust and horror” at the willingness of the Taleban to use a 13-year-old child to deliver a bomb in a wheelbarrow to a Marine patrol, killing three men and the boy.” (Emphasis mine)