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.