The seldom-photographed Dadhikot checkpost prior to the Maoist attack.
Word just in from Kathmandu via one of our blogdai "spotters."
"We have surprised attacked by maoist and left killed 13 police man yesterday evening, the ssituation is chaos now and everybody frightened. This is to disturb the election and to show goverment how strong maost are, however life is ssuspeciously ok today. Tourism may go down immidiately, i will make announcement to seat tight for everybody rightway. "
Let's make no mistake here, democratic forces who claim to represent "the people" do not kill to make their point.
Regardless of the King's motiviation in holding municipal polls, it is clear that all parties in opposition to these polls neither have a clue as to how the democratic process operates nor the desire to use anything other than mass demonstrations and murder to make themselves heard.
These attacks, the 12-point agreement, the ceasefire, are all still part of the Maoist's plan. Let's ask ourselves, have the Maoists--talk aside--done anything that has even remotely deviated from their oft-professed philosophy of "strategic defensive" followed by a "strategic balance," culminating in the "strategic offensive" we see now?
If the King is a despot and the elections are a fraud, then PROVE IT. Girija/Prachanda, you could invite international private observers, solicit opinions from exit polls, film acts of coercion and intimidation, petition and negotiate for an independent ballot recount--many things that show you actually understand democracy and its processes.
Blogdai is sick of the typical blank rhetoric and posturing of the U.N. and the international community. Valid or not, the pundits and over-paid United Nations representatives could have supported these polls. Then, a clear signal would have been sent that even a messy attempt at free-election democracy, perfect or tainted, would better than doing nothing in the face of Maoist threats. As it stands, the Maoists are exploiting the grey area created by an ambiguous world opinion.
The U.N. missed a chance to send a message that violence is unacceptable. Their trademark dithering and indecision gives tacit approval to Maoist atrocities leading up to the polls.
These current and future deaths are on their heads.