Friday, January 27, 2006

More Loose Ends

Make no mistake about who is pulling the strings of the 7-party alliance. Consider this sequence: Indian ambassador Mukherjee goes to india in haste; Mukherjee meets with top Indian advisors in government: Mukherjee flies back to kathmandu; Mukherjee immediately meets with G.P. Koirala and issues instructions.

For those of you who feel that "democracy" must come first and foremost, consider the events of the last few days. Maoists kidnap mayoral candidate. Many candidates withdraw their names from the election rosters due to the intimidation. One last time, democracy only works when everyone plays by the rules. People will not use their democratic right to vote if they feel intimidated and threatened. Unless Nepal establishes the rule of law and maintains civic peace and confidence FIRST, then there can be no democracy. Elections illegitimate you say? Then prove your ability to understand legitimacy by not using fear and intimidation. I'm talking to you, Maoist-Party alliance. Your tactics are autocratic and despotic.

The EU shows how aloof and uninformed it can be by calling the proposed elections a "step backward." EU officials could not care less about accurately assessing the situation in Nepal. They read news realeases from equally lazy media pundits and form opinions. So, a non-violent attempt, however crude, at citizen representation for the first time in at least 7 years is a "step backward?" Is preventing street violence and maintaining law and order a "step backward?" Are the international election monitors--some of whom are from the EU--representing a "step backward?" Does this also imply that attempts to disrupt and intimidate those who partake in this election are a step forward? Listen, EU, while your dealing with your own domestic riots and farm subsidies, don't presume to know what is best for Nepal. Your comments do two things and two things only: they support Maoist violence and the continued disruption of civilian life at the hands of the 7-parties.

It should tell us a lot about the Maoists. We were all expecting this big attack in kathmandu but it looks like the maoists continued their guerilla campaign in the far west. Hey Prachanda, the whole world was watching when you called this fight. Remember that you were supposed to "stand on the shoulders and attack the head?" So much for the large scale offensive. Blogdai has been saying for almost a year that the Maoists can't and won't put together a large-scale attack. their only hope is to antagonize everyone with these little skirmishes. There will never be a big show of maoist strength; only a concerted effort to hide the actual weakness of their numbers.



At 10:13 PM, January 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

intresting viewpoint from a normally virulent anti g indian newspaper..remember if the hamas can win democratically ..pigs can fly...and that is an angle in nepal we should not ignore... the weakening milatry might of the maoists will make them desperate and they will choose democracy as the backdoor entry for their ideology.

At 6:33 AM, January 28, 2006, Anonymous m.r. said...

It’s a good alert indeed, the story in the (One remark: nasty pop-ups on that website! Not funny.)

About “More Loose Ends” and the first comment, and the danger that in Nepal as well terrorism may decide to use the front door through elections: it’s my firm belief that these are the prices countries pay also for neglecting their duty to offer good education to all of their citizens. Boys, girls, adults: makes no difference. Send them to school! So they’ll learn to use their own brains instead of being far too easily impressed by the thoughts of strangers!
Of course meanwhile, with the world becoming like a village, we all pay that price if you look at what terror and threatening with terror can cause.

On a related note, something I’ll never forget. It happened in the early ‘90s, when the tensions in Yugoslavia were rising and it became obvious that there would be fighting and the men were called to assemble in the army barracks (mobilization). Suddenly, out of the blue, there was this movement of the wives and mothers in the country, who understood perfectly how an atmosphere of hostility and danger was created. And they refused permission to their sons and their husband to meet the government’s demand and join the army. Some locked relatives up at home, others went over to the barracks, in groups, ignored the guards and walked straight on to look for their relatives, take them outside and bring them home. No war, you stupid!
It was such a promising development, suddenly. And in a country of course where women in general were not considered “inferior” and without rights. So these women márched for their own goal: peace! They were not indoctrinated by the state or a religion to believe or accept that men had the right to start mass violence. Compare that to those women in the Middle East who truly believe their sons and husband will be martyrs if they die for "their cause". Compare that to Nepal where even numbers of girls and wómen who have somehow converted to Stalinism, take part in threatening or beating up their fellow nationals: innocent people.
Sadly and as we all know, the mothers in Yugoslavia at that time only temporary enjoyed their success with those spontaneous actions. The movement afaik lasted a couple of days only, and then turned out to be too weak against the powers that kept wanting war…

What is the safest way to fight indoctrination and “false prophets” manipulating your people? Teach people how to read and write and communicate, and teach them peace. And encourage them to do their ówn thinking!

At 9:01 AM, January 28, 2006, Anonymous m.r. said...

:( - it's in Nepali...

INSN says it's a "statement by Comrade Pravakiran, Valley Bureau, dated 15 Magh 2062 / 28 January 2006".

So, should everyone fasten their seatbelts?

At 7:30 AM, January 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a statement issued in Washington DC today, a spokesman of the US States Department said twelve months of palace rule have only made the security situation more precarious, emboldened the Maoist insurgents, and widened the division between the country's political parties and the King.

“The United States remains particularly concerned by the Maoist insurgency, which presents the most immediate threat to a peaceful and prosperous Nepal,” the statement issued by Adam Ereli, deputy spokesman at the US state dept. said.

The US government has also urged the Nepali monarch to return to democracy by initiating a dialogue with the country’s political parties. After one year of unsuccessful authoritarian rule, this is the best way to address the Maoist insurgency and to build a brighter future for Nepal’s people.

At 1:46 PM, February 20, 2006, Anonymous m.r. said...

New IRIN Asia article today, called "NEPAL: Terrorism or liberation? Life in a rebel-held village"

So who wants to romanticize "Maoism" and their shiny paths any further, and make 'm sound as if they are liberating the country? They make complete prisons out of the territory under their control!
What on earth was the "alliance" after to enter into ány agreement with these creeps, éver?


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