Thursday, January 29, 2009

‘Change’ in Indo-US relations

Ajoy Bose

OPED Thursday, January 29, 2009

Unlike in the past, Washington and Beijing may be on the same page on Pakistan and could join hands in restoring some kind of order in that country. For New Delhi, this will be a bitter pill to swallow, considering how prickly we have been in the past about the China-Pakistan axis against India. We must, therefore, prepare for ‘change’

The Indian strategic establishment appears to be palpably bewildered at the conflicting signals emanating from Washington, DC, after US President Barack Hussein Obama formally took charge last week. He has lost no time in professing the United States as India’s ‘best friend’ even as the new Administration has made no secret of the fact that it is Pakistan which is America’s real ally in the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Similarly, tough talk by Mr Obama and his aides about the need to snuff out terrorist bases within Pakistan has also been accompanied by the tripling of US aid to its fragile civilian Government in a blatant carrot-and-stick approach to make friends and influence people in Islamabad.

Some of these inherent contradictions were present even in the previous Bush Administration’s policies towards this region. But they were offset by the close personal chemistry between the last US President and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the manner in which the Bush Administration went out of its way to massage this country’s ego. And this was largely because Mr Bush obsessively pursued a close strategic relationship with India as perhaps his only diplomatic success with the collapse of his foreign policy everywhere particularly Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Clearly, Mr Obama’s priorities are quite different. Determined to withdraw from Iraq and concentrate in winning the battle in Afghanistan, he desperately needs the cooperation of both civilian and military wings of the Pakistani establishment to have even a remote chance of success. India is certainly not one of the principal players in this strategic initiative and not surprisingly has not figured very high up yet on the new US President’s priority list.

As for the dreams so assiduously fuelled by the Bush Administration of a larger role for India in the global arena beyond the narrow confines of the South Asian box, these seem to have vanished overnight not just because of a regime change in Washington but perhaps more because of an uncertain still emerging world order after the economic meltdown. With the free market bubble so dramatically punctured, the economic partnership between India and the United States that was poised to take off after the nuclear deal has lost much of its momentum. There is now also little prospect of the much discussed India-US axis to contain China considering the new compulsion for Beijing and Washington to either swim or sink together in the post-meltdown economic turmoil.

All these developments are hugely depressing to the Indian strategic establishment that had placed almost all its eggs in the American basket. The Manmohan Singh Government is particularly vulnerable to the creeping despondency about Indo-US relations since it had moved so close to the Bush Administration that the concerned interlocutors who were dealing with Washington has little or no feel for the new Government. For instance, the two most important of them, India’s Ambassador to Washington Ronen Sen and National Security Advisor MK Narayanan both appear clueless about what is going on in the minds of Mr Obama and his aides about India and this region.

In some ways, the UPA Government’s thinly veiled bitterness with Mr Obama and his aides is reminiscent of the NDA’s disenchantment with Bush Administration after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States by jihadi terror groups failed to evoke the kind of response the BJP-led Government anticipated. While NDA strategists were initially convinced that Mr Bush’s war on the Islamic world would target Pakistan, they were appalled to find that Islamabad became Washington’s principal ally in the fight to oust the Taliban regime from Afghanistan. It was only after the Taliban was unseated and Mr Bush’s attention moved to Iraq that relations with Pakistan started to sour.

With Afghanistan acquiring prominence once again in US strategy, a similar scenario is being enacted under the Obama Administration. There are sweeping compulsions on the new President to have a close relationship with Pakistan and it is unlikely that he will be distracted from this task by more peripheral concerns. He is likely to get strong backing in this focus on Pakistan from the Pentagon which has a relationship with the military establishment in Islamabad stretching back to more than half a century.

A more Pakistan-centric US foreign policy towards South Asia need not be bad for India. After all, a closer engagement by the Obama Administration with the civilian and military establishments in Pakistan will undoubtedly put far more pressure on the latter to stop terrorist activities directed against India from its territory. At the same time, New Delhi must be prepared for a more lukewarm relationship with Washington if this is conducive for Mr Obama to get some brownie points in Islamabad.

Indian policy makers must also prepare themselves for a bigger role to be played by China in the region. There are indications that unlike in the past Washington and Beijing may be on the same page on Pakistan and could join hands in restoring some kind of order in that country. This will indeed be a bitter pill to swallow considering how prickly we have been in the past about the China-Pakistan axis against India, but there may be little option in the matter.

Unfortunately, such a pragmatic approach would fly in the face of past behaviour by Indian policy and opinion makers. They have had a tendency of swinging from euphoria about India’s burgeoning image in the world to cringing defensive paranoia on problem areas of the country like Kashmir. This has tended to cheapen India’s image in the global arena and trivialise the kind of contribution a nation with so much potential can make in the building of a the emerging world order.

The coming national elections have further complicated matters. With the political contours of the next Government in New Delhi still a matter of speculation, a huge question mark hangs on how India will cope with the many global challenges ahead. By the time the strategic establishment makes up its mind, it may well be too late.

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Wishful thinking
By sg on 1/29/2009 3:24:15 PM

As much as we would like to get closer to the US admn irrespective with which party is in power, but we seem to get carried away by a few back slapping and good remarks towards India. US will never accept us as equal and thats a fact. We can only be equal when we show strength and power and the determination to carry our resolve to root our terrorist from within us and punish those who are guilty.


Change Indian public fears most....
By Prakash Kanungo on 1/29/2009 12:50:39 PM

We the people of India fear the most...that after next general election we are likely to end up with same bunch of "Jokers"..spineless, trying to outsource foreign policy to USA/ China or even Bosnia..if it can bring real or imagined muslim votes.....indian mind set must change and find some way to get rid off this "congress" culture...


Strategy and India
By R. Viswanathan on 1/29/2009 7:44:42 AM

All this talk of Indian strategy and similar notions appear so unreal. Such things are not our cup of tea.Lofty philosophising, petty bickering and scoring brownie points are our forte. Our mind is only on them, nothing bigger or broader. Otherwise this nation of such vast potential would have become a great power.


Obama admin
By V Mohan on 1/29/2009 2:28:08 AM

Time to say good bye to Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. Let us see if Baba log will come back as PM and heap more disgrace and dishonors on India that was Bharat. But there is no body to check them. A doddering LK Advani is a pathetic option for India. Is everyone in BJP-RSS in a coma? There is no alternative to an 80+ old man?


India all along a passenger not a driver
By anil on 1/29/2009 1:08:54 AM

India has always been a passenger in somebody else's vehicle - never a driver so it will take some time before there is some noticeable changes - provided it survives the internal "politics" (looked at from an outsider's perspective).


A 'friendship to beware of!
By Leslie White on 1/29/2009 12:51:34 PM

" . . . after US President Barack Hussein Obama formally took charge last week. He has lost no time in professing the United States as India’s ‘best friend’ "
Judging by the 'friendhip' the U.S. has offered to Israel, with such a 'friend' one needs no enemy (one has one who sides with one's enemies).


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Friday, January 23, 2009

Freed by US, Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief

from
Small Wars Journal

Freed by US, Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief - Robert Worth, New York Times

The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.

The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

More at The New York Times and:

Obama Closes Detention Network - Wall Street Journal
Bush Policies on Detention, Interrogation Reversed - Washington Post
Obama Overturns Bush Tactics in War on Terrorism - Los Angeles Times
Obama Reverses Key Bush Security Policies - New York Times
President Obama Orders Closure of Guantánamo - The Times
Guantanamo Trials Suspended After Obama Request - Voice of America
Obama Moves to Overhaul 'War on Terror' Practices - Christian Science Monitor
Gates Cites Positive Response to Pending Guantanamo Closure - AFPS
Will Europeans Take Detainees? - Christian Science Monitor
Europe Hesitant to Take Gitmo Inmates - Washington Times
Intelligence Pick Calls Torture Immoral, Ineffective - Washington Post
Blair Urges Some Secrecy - Washington Times
Obama and Guantanamo - Wall Street Journal editorial
A Perilous Road on Terror - Washington Times editorial
Obama and Guantanamo - Wall Street Journal editorial
Guantanamo Remains a Problem for Obama - Daily Telegraph editorial
Gitmo: Justice and Security - Washington Post editorial
First Steps at Guantánamo - New York Times editorial
Beyond Guantanamo - Chicago Tribune editorial
The Jack Bauer Exception - Wall Street Journal editorial
Torture Inquisition - Wall Street Journal editorial
Harsh Reality of Closing Guantánamo Bay - The Times opinion
Eric Holder and the FALN - Washington Times opinion
Sleeper Agent - Weekly Standard opinion

All taken from and thanks to

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2009/01/23-january-swj-roundup/

also see No Guantanamo Exit Strategy

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A New Dark Age Is Dawning

A New Dark Age Is Dawning: "Single Best Book to Start to Learn Truth about Islam

A BOOK WORTH READING

The Dawning of a New Dark Age, A Collection of Essays on Islam, by Mark Alexander (1st Books, ISBN: 1-4107-9037-1, paperback; 2003.)

I thought I knew almost all of the current books (past few years) about Islam. I had not encountered this book, however, until the author alerted me to it, for which I am grateful."

--George Mason

In German: The Day of the Great Obama-insanity

The Shrewd Economist

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Islamism is to Religion as Sadism is to Human

Islamism is to Religion as Sadism is to Human
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It is not about God or love, it is about control and domination–just as Sadism is not about human intercourse or love, it is about control, torture, punishment and domination.

Why else name a so-called religion “submission?” Islam seeks nothing less than a total global domination. The word Islam literally means “Taslim,” (submission) or just “surrender”, the kind that comes by force and fraud. Its scripture must be taken literally; its provisions are intended to dominate every waking moment in the life of a believer. There is no room for being a half-hearted Muslim and no toleration of watering down its invocations.

It’s true that it is quite human to seek to control one’s environment, just as the parent tries to control the child. The difference with the Islamic whack jobs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, et al is mainly in the level of their brutality toward those who do not share their particular mental affliction.

What a pitiful crop of miscreants has been raised in once-proud Persia. The Mullahs and their lackeys have tortured, raped and executed hundreds of little girls and little boys out of their abject fear of losing control. They are to be ridiculed and despised among men as the wretched, miserable, and entirely loathsome creatures that they are.

How do the Islamists prey upon their victims? For one, Islam is stamped on the impressionable mind of the child from birth. The parents and immediate members of the family are the ones who make the very first impressions on the tabula rasa of the young mind. These early impressions are the grid-work for further formation of the person’s mind and belief system. It is by far easier, as life goes on, to incorporate “items” that readily fit into the grid-work, than to modify it or dismantle it altogether and begin anew. It is in recognition of the importance of early training and education that people such as Saint Augustine and Freud considered the first few years of life as critical for molding the person.

It is some consolation; however, to realize that there are many practicing religions who are willing to stand up to the extremists, even at their own great peril. It is also quite human to fight against control and domination. However, marrying Islam with government is stoking fire with explosives. That is what the Islamic Republic of Iran currently represents.

In free democracies, governments are accountable to the people and serve at the people’s pleasure. In Islamic theocracy, governments are accountable only to Allah and the people must serve at the pleasure of the government. And one can see the result of Islamic total or partial rule in eighteen or so countries which rank among the highest nations of the world on every index of misery.

Other problems arise. Liberty, deeply cherished by democracies, is replaced by submission—unquestioning obedience and adherence to the dictates and precepts of the all-knowing and all-wise Allah. It is this total form of submission that, among other things, prompted the Muslims to systematically burn libraries of the lands they invaded. They justified their actions by contending that the Quran, the comprehensive unerring book of Allah, contained all perfect knowledge that humanity needs. To this day, in places where Islam rules, many books are banned, newspapers and magazines are systematically either censored or shut down, and other non-print media are methodically blocked.

The contempt for free inquiry is encapsulated in the statement of Muhammad, “Al-elmo noghtatan katharoho al-jaheloon”—Knowledge is only one dot, expanded by the ignorant.
Once one submits to the will of Allah, liberty is surrendered for submission and a host of serious consequences present themselves. The individual becomes little more than a passive obedient vessel of Allah and his perspective of himself and life drastically changes. Once he submits to the all-powerful, all-knowing then he is absolved of the responsibility of having to chart his own way in life.

There is considerable allure in submission to a power that is willing and able to take care of the person. It is not a bad arrangement. The problem is that all past claimants have invariably been proven as either fraud or failures in honoring their part of the bargain. Islam is no exception. A cursory glance is enough to show the condition of Muhammad’s flock. In spite of huge material wealth, Muslims in the oil-rich countries are imprisoned in the paralyzing mentality of submission and all the terrible ancillaries that go with it.

Islam certainly has taken on a predominant role in Europe. It has become so prominent there that the most senior judge in England has blessed the idea of making Shari’a law equal with civil law in some cases.

Comparatively, it is imperative to comprehend that a sadistic person is not after sex, he seeks a sick way of dominance and pain over his victims, he wants to be in control of the action. A person being raped, for example, really has no control over the situation, the subject literally being coerced.

Violence, weapons, injury, or torture fascinates a sadistic person just as it fascinates an Islamist. Both enjoy getting their subjects (be it humans or animals) to do what they want them to do by frightening them through a series of intimidation, fear and terror. Both take pleasure in the psychological or physical suffering of others.

This is exactly how the Islamists have been ruling over a peaceful and sophisticated country, Iran, for 30 years. They have completely restricted the activity and independence of the people of Iran. In the cycle of prison horrors and terrors, the Islamic Republic of Iran uses many old Soviet techniques, ranging from harassment, intimidation and tortures, to mechanical devices designed to inflict gross tissue damage. They employ psychological and physiological techniques, (an example is Ziba Kazemi case, an Iranian-Canadian journalist), such as solitary confinement and sleep deprivation. The Islamic Republic’s lackeys are commonly using these techniques on the Iranian youth while the Islamic Republic dreams of world Shi’a domination.

In short, the Islamists want to have control over their subjects during one’s entire life. This is exactly how the Prophet of Islam controlled his army of followers. The campaign of death waged by the jihadist, be a puppet or a puppeteer, is energized by the belief of delectable rewards that await the faithful implementer of Allah’s dictates.

Through a highly effective indoctrination, the jihadists have come to believe firmly in Islam’s grand delusion. They believe that Allah is the one and only supreme creator of earth and heavens, that it is his duty and privilege to abide by Allah’s will and carry out his plans at all costs. He believes firmly in a gloriously wonderful immortal afterlife in paradise, for which a martyr’s death is the surest quickest admission. Although the dominating theme of the delusion is quasi spiritual, the promised rewards of the afterlife awaiting the martyr are sensual and material. All the things and activities that the jihadist desires and cannot attain or practice, and rejects in his earthly life will be purified and proffered to him in the paradise of the next life.

Thus goes the delusion.

The pundits, the analysts and the politicians indeed are doing a great disservice to the public, each segment for its own expedient reasons, by parroting the mantra regarding the peaceful nature of Islam. By hiding the truth, they disarm people about a great danger to their livelihood. In fact, the so-called small band of Islamic extremists is the true face of Islam.

You must demand that politicians, Islamic apologists, and paid-for media do not abuse freedom by lying about Islam. When these people portray Islam as a religion of peace, they are lying through their teeth. Just take a quick look at Islam’s history as well as what is happening today in the Islamic lands. Islam is not a religion of peace and it has never been. Islam is violent, oppressive, racist, and irrational at its very core. It is treachery for people to present it as otherwise, either out of ignorance or because of their own personal reasons.

Require that the large number of recent arrival Muslims be carefully vetted for their terrorism and Jihadist backgrounds and beliefs. Many recent arrivals from places such as Somalia, Iraq and Pakistan come as refugees and bring with them their pathological anti-American system of belief. It is criminal to admit these refugees without demanding that they completely renounce their allegiance to the hate dogma of Islam. Those diehard devotees of Islam should make any of the eighteen or so Islamic countries home, rather than invade the secular societies and aim to subvert them.

Many European countries are already on the verge of capitulation to the Islamists. The Supreme Guide of terror in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, confidently proclaimed recently that Europe will be Islamic in a dozen years. He has good reason to say that. Muslims are forming states within states in many European towns and cities. In Britain, for instance, non-Muslims are in serious danger entering Muslim neighborhoods.

The concern is not with individual Muslims who live as solid citizens in democratic societies. They may have developed a taste for the freedom democracy bestows or have simply learned to tolerate it. Our concern is with the gathering Islamic storm from the heart of Islamdom. To truly appreciate Islam, you must experience firsthand Islam in power. Take a quick trip to the lands of the Muslims and find out for yourself how horribly they treat the non-Muslims, even the, “People of the book,” Jews and Christians. Try to have a Bible study group or build a church in Saudi Arabia and discover the benevolence of Islamic rule.

Folks, this is a battle for survival that every one of us can help wage. Let us get on with it before, if not you, then your children and grandchildren end up under the barbaric rule of the Jihadists and Shari’a law. All the excuses, grievances and reasons given for savagery of the jihadists and Islamofascists are side issues. Islam is about terror, punishment, control and domination.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

"Faith Freedom" on Islam

Karin in Saudi Arabia
Book Review Ali Sina 29 Comments »
Muslims are not just technologically underdeveloped, but also morally and spiritually. Their ethos is wrong, their minds are crooked, and their ways are pervert. There is something wrong in the way Muslims perceive the world. They have values that are out of this world and inconceivable by civilized people. Jan 07

Jan 06
A Guide to the Qur’anic Contradictions-1
Quran Abul Kasem 65 Comments »
Many contradictory verses are repeated; it is because of the repetitive nature of the Qur’an. One amazing aspect of the Qur’an is that there may be several contradictions in a single verse.

Jan 06
Sodomy in Islam
Morality and Ethics Amar Khan 7 Comments »
In Pakistan, the mullahs are notoriously famous for child abuse and molestation. Every day, we hear news about a mullah sodomizing his beardless student - a very common phenomenon in Pakistan.

Jan 05
Huntington’s Prophecies: A Tribute to an Outstanding Political Genius
Op-Ed M A Khan 100 Comments »
Although Huntington analyzed how different civilizations would likely interplay in reshaping the world-order in the emerging era, his analysis regarding Islam has become a bone of contention.

Jan 04
Balochistan: The Unheard Cries of Unknown People
Human Rights Abuses Ibrahim Lone 35 Comments »
Even as I write this article, there must be a Baloch woman who might be getting molested by the Islamic Army of Pakistan, a child who might be getting beaten up for being who he is.

Jan 03
Qur’anic Surat Alfeel: A Myth
Quran Ibn Kammuna 26 Comments »
The Ka’ba was sacred to a multiplicity of Arab tribes, and so it is very probable to have a story like that as a folk story told by the old to the young.

Jan 02
No Peace in Bethlehem
Op-Ed Alan Caruba 12 Comments »
If you cannot name your enemy, you can never really defend yourself against them or go on the offense against them.

Jan 01
Can Apostates Revert to Islam?
Leaving Islam Ali Sina 47 Comments »
Islam is defeated already. It was defeated from its inception. It has survived because Muhammad and his benighted followers brutally suppressed the truth.

Jan 01
My Tributes to Faith Freedom International
Op-Ed Abul Kasem 111 Comments »
Today, FFI is no more the site of Dr Sina. FFI belongs to the entire humanity, who wants a world free of Islamist terror and bloodshed, who wants to release the vast number of innocent Muslims, who are the victims of Islam, from the dangerous doctrine.

Jan 01
Quran Sanctions Paedophilia
Quran Khalil Fariel 12 Comments »
The prime accusation against Islam’s prophet is focused on his abnormal personality. He married a six year old Aisha and had sex with the girl when she was only nine and Muhammad being a man of 52 at that time.

Dec 31
I am reverting to Islam
Satire Ibrahim Lone 25 Comments »
Dear free thinkers and all those who have not submitted to the will of Allah, I Ibrahim Lone hereby declare that I am reverting to Islam. I invite all of you to do the same.

Dec 31
Wahhabism is a fundamentalist movement
Quran Jim Kouri 4 Comments »
Wahhabism is a fundamentalist movement, named after Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab (1703-1792). It remains the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia.

Dec 31
Covert Narcissism in Fundamentalist Leadership
Op-Ed J. Smith 3 Comments »
Islamic fundamentalist leaders can also use religious sanctification to justify attacks. Islamic leaders have issued religious opinions, or fatwas, attacking a myriad of authors, artists, ideas, and cultures.

from http://www.faithfreedom.org/

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Prophet Muhammad on Holy War Against Al-Hind (India)"

Prophet Muhammad on Holy War Against Al-Hind (India)
Posted by jagoindia on April 18, 2008

Andre Wink describes that this aspiration to conquer India had existed since the time of the Prophet, as is evidenced by the sacred texts:

“… in the hadith collections the prophet Muhammad himself is credited with the aspiration of conquering India. Participants in the holy war against al-Hind [the Hindus] are promised to be saved from hell-fire… Thus also an eschatological work which is called the Kitab al-Fitan (’Book of Trials’) credits Muhammad with saying that God will forgive the sins of the members of the Muslim army which will attack al-Hind, and give them victory.”11 source
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In one of the Hadiths (Muslim scripture) the Prophet Muhammad isquoted as saying “Two groups of my Ummah Allah has protected from the hellfire: a group that will conquer India and a group thatwill be with Isa ibnu Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary).” The firstattempted invasion of India by Muslims occurred in 636 CE — underCaliph Umar, within four years of Muhammad’s death. The first 16 invasion attempts utterly failed.
Source = Al-Hind by Andre Wink
http://www.mumbai-central.com/nukkad/aug2002/msg00168.html
[color emphasis mine. lw]

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