There are feverish talks happening here in India about going out for a war with Pakistan due to last week’s terrorist attacks in Bombay.
Here is my analysis (first 3 paras’ content are also repeated in one of my comments in the Bombay post on Agonist front page) :
Pakistan’s ISI is perhaps the worst official agency in the world that cleverly aids terrorists’ activities and has been doing so for many years. For India to put pressure on Pakistan’s current democratic pressure is being foolish. The ISI in Pakistan, closely affiliated to the Pakistani military, is a law unto itself and has to be tackled directly bypassing whoever is the Pakistani government. For this, in fact, India should shed its cowardliness and take on the United States of America that in the past and even now (discreetly though) has looked the other way if not actively coordinated with the ISI.
And if the US can attack Taliban inside Afghanistan, and if Israel can carry out operations inside its neigbouring countries including Palestine, and if Russia can carry out operations inside Georgia, then India can too carry out operations in the mountains of Pakistan where these terrorist groups receive their training.
Rajesh lives in NW Bombay. More after the jump.
Many of general Pakistani citizens do not like their country’s ISI and extremist elements. By blaming Pakistan as a country where its citizens do not have enough democratic rights is according to me not wise at all.
But what do I mean by wanting India to carry out operations inside Pakistan? I think any Indian military-led assault or aerial bombings of those training camps in the mountains of Pakistan has to, in my view, be carried out without any collateral damage whatsoever.
If that is not possible then we (Indians) should desist from carrying out any operations and instead aim, through super-efficient intelligence information gathering operation, to eliminate, one by one, the leaders of the heads of these terrorist groups including the ISI guys involved in it.
No innocent civilian life in Pakistan should be taken in India’s response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Bombay. Everyone, including the private terrorist groups the kinds of which were involved last week, has some kind of mental justification, whether valid or not, to do their violent deeds and 99% of the time their deeds involve taking the lives of innocent non-combatant civilians. India should ensure that it does not end up becoming like the terrorist killing innocent civilians. We have seen how the US-UK military has shamed itself by doing just that (killing civilians) in Iraq and Afghanistan. We should not emulate them.
Jingoism by Indians has to be avoided if we have to be considered as being fair. As I had mentioned in that same previous post terror has many forms. I would like to add that our desire for justice on such heinous wrongs should be extended to every form of terror including state terror and the terror of companies on tribals & villagers in remote places.
Many affluent Indians’ lives were taken in the Taj and Oberoi and while I pray for their souls’ peaceful transition to the astral plane for healing I must point out that the strong reactions against terrorist emanating from the affluent circles in India is a bit selfish. These same very people don’t care when their excessive materialism/consumerism or their involvement as senior/middle management in industries/companies are the causes of corporate-police-state terror in remote areas of India.
Below is a wikimapia snapshot, with a white circle added by me of the region in Pakistan where terrorist bases & training camps are believed to be (a enlarged & clearer image can be seen at http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YmmtXqUKsfs/STN6eEZgRkI/AAAAAAAAAg8/FEixxxWIVNc/s1600-h/wikimapia-pakistan-nov08.png).