Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Beginning of the End

36 people are killed when their bus is blown up in Chitwan by those "defenders of the people" the Maoists.
(AFP photo)

Seems like our Maobadis have a real image problem now. In front of every scrutinizing agency in the world, they’ve gone and blown up a bus full of civilians. To top it off, their lack of organization and command structure was also finally on display for all to see. First comes a resounding denial for the attack, half-heartedly blaming "infiltrators" for killing the civilians; then immediate responsibility and regret is claimed by none other than Prachanda himself.
So, let’s see, the world is watching, you blow up a bus, and none of you knows how to handle the aftermath? No grand statements of “revolution” and party unity? Only claims of a "mistake" in targeting, regret and fingerpointing?

Blogdai has said this before and will repreat it now: THERE IS NO COMPREHENSIVE, UNIFYING PHILOSOPHY OR HEIRARCHY THAT CONTROLS MAOIST BEHAVIOR. They are no more than roving gangs of thugs acting semi-autonomously. If Nepal were as flat as Kansas, Maoists would have never gotten this far. As it stands, Nepal affords many places for violent, impoverished, ignorant little boys and girls with guns to hide. The geography is so rough, even their commanders (if there is such a thing) cannot find or control them.

This is not going well for Prachanda’s strategy of seeking an alliance with the deposed political parties. To his credit, Prachanda has succeeded in accomplishing what no one else in Nepal had been able to do. He has united the parties, the King, the people of Nepal, and the international community in a resounding chorus of condemnation against their move. Very few groups (even the most ham-fisted of western journalists) will be able to salvage a noble “people’s struggle” angle from this latest Maoist blunder.

Prachanda knows this is serious. Maoists have publicly backtracked before when one of their typically out-of-control military units has killed the wrong person, but this round of apologies from "The Fierce One" has a note of desperation and finality.

To any remaining Maoists: Very few people view you as anything more than terrorists now, so give it up Maobadis before the rest of the world arrives to take care of business. It won’t be long before even the dull-witted U.S. intelligence apparatus either finds or creates a link between you and Al-Quaeda. When that happens, you may not be able to get to India fast enough.



At 11:20 PM, June 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Blogdai

At 4:49 AM, June 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 6:31 PM, June 10, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Ramta, good to hear from you again.

Now we hear that the maoists have kidnapped 1000 students in Jajarkot. Talk about lousy timing!

They open a big wound with their bus attack and instead of trying to solve the problem, they use their time in the spotlight to show the world how they do business. Now even the numbest journalist from the West will know that Maoists kidnap students and teachers for a living.

I say, the most effective weapon against Nepal's Maoists is their own stupidity.


At 2:19 AM, June 11, 2005, Anonymous Brit said...

I agree with you - but how to get them to stop their crazy business? - or rather, how to get this across to those who have been conned by them?

At 8:16 AM, June 11, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

As much as I hate to admit it, vigilantism in the villages seems to work. The king and the army are not opposed to it either.

The local women's movement in Dailekh effectively chased maoists from the region. Yes, this approach is opened to abuses with many innocent people being the victims of "grudge" killing, but who knows the habits and whereabouts of maoists more than the locals who are persecuted by them?


At 2:17 PM, June 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once you start it, you might not be able to stop it.


At 8:03 PM, June 11, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

concise and accurate.

At 8:45 AM, June 14, 2005, Anonymous C.K said...

10 years from Now:
There will be an army of a foreign nation controling the routes in Western Nepal and Kathmandu. The army might be from India/U.S or even China.
Nobody would want this to happen..maoists better realize that U.S hasnt spared anyone when it comes to communism..not Vietnam, not cuba...not Russia..and you think you silly killer bastards can get away turning the country in to a maoist nation and everyone else will just watch the RED show?

At 5:49 PM, June 16, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

C.K., you've hit on the most fundamental mechanism of U.S. intervention. The dullards over at State and Defense have been busting their brains trying to frame the Nepal crisis in a "communist" light. The only problem is, China has rejected Nepal's Maoist philosophy as a mockery of Chairman Mao's philosophy.

So, the Yanks will be trying to use their newest mechanism: "The War on Terrorism" to justify doing something in Nepal. So now, our dullards over at State and Defense will be trying to frame the Nepal crisis in Al-Quaeda terms.

Bottom line: they need to create the most emotional and sellable reason for military intervention before they can present it to the American people. If it doesn't exist, they'll create it.



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