That crusher of human rights, that enemy of freedom, King G. has gone and done it again! A series of three moves proves what kind of a despicable autocrat King G. really is!
No, really, all of you existing on "democracy at all costs" autopilot, witness the events of the past two days.
1. In what can only be considered as an olive branch to the parties, G.'s government has vowed to "reconsider" conducting the controversial February 8 polls if the parties can come up with good, concrete reasons why they should be delayed. http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2006/jan/jan22/news01.php. Jeez, how tough can that be? Just put in writing what you don't like about the polls? blogdai says that the parties won't even do this simple gesture. Madhav Kumar Nepal and old Girija, themselves on autopilot, will probably reject this as a clever trick from a sinister King.
2. Speaking of the old marble-head, Girija, K.P. Oli, and a few others have now been officially released from house arrest. http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2006/jan/jan22/news14.php The old man has been arrested and released once before, only to start up his campaign against the King anew. Now that he is released again, any guesses what he will start doing again? The King has had Girija shut up and confined twice now. Grija is one of the most persistent, troublesome and vocal critics of the King. So why doesn't ol' "despot" G. just keep him behind bars? Those of you who insist that Friday's arrests where designed to "silence the King's critics" need to rethink your positions. Looks like they haven't let Madhav Kumar Nepal out of house arrest yet. See what happens when you start talking like a Maoist?
3. Election commission invites international observers to polls. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/17/content_4063919.htm Hey, any international NGO or observer is welcome. All they have to do is show their credentials and they're off! Surely, this is a royalist plot of some sort, right alliance?
ON ANOTHER NOTE: Blogdai would love to post quotes from the 7-party alliance that refer to disruption, violence, protest, intolerance of the viewpoints of others, disregard for the electorate, inability to forge an agenda, inter-party bickering, retalliation, refusal to talk or compromise with the opposition (or with each other) and adoption of Maoist principles; but time and brevity prohibit the display of such a lengthy tome.