Let's here it for Prachanda's biggest cheerleader. No one on the international scene goes more out of their way to acknowledge, magnify and give a blundering, tacit approval to Nepal's Maoists more than U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, James F. Moriarty.
Moriarty's utterances are a littany of shallow thought:
December 2004, on leadership in Nepal: "This place was never a nation state up until the 1950's. It was a bunch of subjects of the Nepali king."
May 24, 2005: “There is a very good chance that the Maoists could find a way to turn all of this to their advantage and ultimately end up marching in the Singh Durbar."
July 2005: "Why would the Maoists be willing to give up now? Their party fought insurgency for nine years and now they see their opponents crumbled, dividing themselves, mired in acrimony." "If I were a Maoist, I'd think I was making good progress...I would try to put differences between the parties and the palace, and get them to do the Maoist business of tearing down the political structure,"
And now, today, in full Maoist ideological bloom, Comrade James issues the following:
"Maoists will feel no need to abandon their goal of absolute power as long as they believe they are winning and as long as the King and parties remain divided. The Maoists will rightfully conclude that they are winning.” (This, curiously, comes on the heels of his 2005 utterance:"The Maoists have to realize they have no hope of victory.")
Now, to be fair, is James Moriarty a Maoist sympathizer? Certainly not. But he has to rank among the poorest-performing members of the diplomatic community in terms political acumen and, well, diplomacy. He does not seem to comprehend that the Maoists will "believe they are winning" because he keeps telling them that they are winning every time he opens his mouth.
Determining who's got the upper hand in this murky, imprecise conflict is speculative at best. What better encouragement can Prachanda hope for than the words of an ambassador from the American government and all the intelligence, research and credibility implied therein? Moriarty is a one-man USO show and morale booster for Prachanda's troops. One half expects Moriarty to blab out RNA troop locations and numbers.
Blogdai can only guess at Moriarty's motiviations for saying the things he says:
1. The man is just plain "stoopid."
2. He's trying to get himself removed from Nepal, a-la Keith Bloomfield, so he can go back to working on the Chinese issues that better suit him.
3. He's a bad actor trying to cover the U.S.'s actual intentions of supporting G's fight against the Maoists. (Prachanda might be right on this one!)
So, for the record, blogdai suggests the following:
THE NEPAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PETITION FOR THE REMOVAL OF AMBASSADOR JAMES F. MORIARTY FROM HIS POST.
It worked for Bloomfield.