No Surprise Here
Blogdai has been calling this one since the takover (Blogdai, "My Favorite Rumor" Feb. 8 and again on "Mixed Opinions" March 13 and "Sujata Outs.." on Feb. 20). It looks like the formal courtship has begun. Maoists love the Parties: ain't that sweet.
The latest from this new "Axis of Idiots" shows quite a bit of change in tone:
Prachanda: “We are ready to accept our previous weaknesses and form alliance with the political parties.” http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2005/May/subcontinent_May157.xml§ion=subcontinent
More subtlely, if the brand new 7 Party "alliance" can agree on anything specific, the Maoist demand for constituent assembly would be embraced as well as direct negotiations: "The negotiation will be followed by a political conference among all stakeholders, which will form an interim government with Maoist participation, to hold election either for parliament or constituent assembly," http://kantipuronline.com/kolnews.php?&nid=39187
This is a predictable and deperate move on the parts of both the Maoists and the deposed Parties. It shows a fractionated, ineffective Maoist movement trying to re-establish relevance and a group of sad, corrupt former politicians looking for any political traction they can find.
Since the Parties know only protest, Blogdai wonders what form these demonstrations will actually take when the tactics of their new Maoist buddies are included in the mix.
If the Parties go through with this, who in the lazy Western media will still call them champions of democracy? They will have finally exposed themselves as the corrupt and opportunistic individuals that they are: nearly leading Nepal to the brink of anarchy.