Sunday, October 08, 2006

BJP: Misplaced, Misdirected Strategy

[Click on blog title for original article; if article is missing, find full transcript below the blog]

Okay, lets recap. There was once a time when L.K. Advani was called the "Tiger" and so on. Eventually he turned out to be worse than a lazy housecat - in terms of strategy.

He was unable to do anything really good with the nuclear blasts and the aftermath (the only good thing being Abdul Kalam, which of course is commendable). We were not effective in using Kargil to our advantage (a good opportunity to have brought Pakistan to its "friggin" knees). We were unable to make Madeline Albright apologize more effectively about her misrepresentations on Kashmir (do Indians remember this anymore) nor where we able to put the Clinton administration in place for their policies on Pakistan (which has mushroomed into very bad pro - Pakistan policies by the Bush Administration, which is a joke because now Pakistan effectively sponsors terrorism in India AND Afghanistan)..

But we digress.

So you want to take out camps in Pakistan and Bangladesh? How? Like the Israelis did in an exemplary manner that has resulted in permanent conflict?

Like the Israelis have now won themselves enemies in ALL their neighboring nations?

Of all the ill conceived plans of self - defense, Israel's plan is the worst. The recent "war" in Lebanon proved that. While killing civilians and taking out infrastructure may go well with Israelis seeking revenge, it has not done them one bit of good in terms of long range strategy.

Whatever Hezbolla has suffered because of the recent comedy of errors by Israel, Israel comes off feeling the worst. Now they have lost the control they had in Lebanon. They cannot fire into Lebanon at will. Well they can, but wait for the first peacekeeping personnel from some Western country to die (or worse still China) from this "friendly" fire and see this escalate in the UN.

Do we need this trash in India? No. If at all we have an effective plan, it has to make sure it is well co - ordinated, and a one step action eliminating ALL terrorist camps.

Do we have the capability to do this? Only the Indian army knows. So lets not delve into it.

How do we take the "international community into cognizance"? We cannot. No one will agree to such a move.

So what do we do? We build intelligence, weapons and wait for Pakistan to make the next mistake (Kargil). And then, we do the damage. Its a pure war tactic.

Do we sit and watch till then?

No, we expose Pakistan. Provide REAL proof. We guard our borders. We capture terrorists. We keep them in prisons and learn from them. We wage an economic war over Pakistan (quite easy considering how much that country spends ((whatever the US gives it)) on terrorism).

But, lets please not start randomly bombing "neighbors". Imagine what will happen if one other "neighbor" of ours decides that we have terrorism camps.

I don't know about you, but I am glad this guy Rajnath is NOT in power.

Israel ‘lauds’ Rajnath idea to quell terror 10/8/2006 1:49:11 AM
- By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, Oct. 7: Israel has "appreciated" Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Rajnath Singh’s idea to let India take a proactive role in dismantling terror camps in Pakistan and Bangladesh after taking the international community into confidence, the party said on Saturday.

Mr Singh, who met Israeli ambassador David Danieli at the party office here, credited Israel with showing respect to the sentiments of the international community by "not targeting areas beyond Hezbollah influence and subsequently withdrawing troops" in the Lebanon conflict.

The BJP chief also described the Israeli action on the Hezbollah as a move aimed at "self-defence", a party release said.

"He (Mr Singh) had also suggested in the past that it was necessary for India to have a proactive role in dismantling the terrorist camps in Pakistan and Bangladesh, but only after taking the international community into confidence."

"The Israeli ambassador said his government appreciated the ideas of the BJP president," it added. Mr Danieli’s meeting with Mr Singh came ahead of the expected visit of the Israeli Prime Minister in December.

The ambassador used the occasion to explain to the BJP president the position Israel had taken in its conflict with the Hezbollah, the party said. "He (Mr Danieli) said it was the right of Israel to protect itself against any possible terrorist activity, but their government maintained a high level of restraint while targeting Hezbollah hideouts in Lebanon," the BJP statement said.

Mr Singh said that Israel was having some advance technologies in the field of agriculture development which could be useful for states like Rajasthan and Gujarat as they suffered from water scarcity.

Also, Mr Singh separately met Pakistan’s National Assembly member Gyanchand Singh and North-West Frontier Province provincial Assembly member Gursharan Lal. Both Pakistani leaders discussed with Mr Singh "the prevailing political situation" in their country and exchanged views for better cooperation on political and parliamentary level in the future, the BJP release said.


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