The King just could not make himself any clearer today, everyone needs to sit down for talks immediately. This is the second olive branch the Alliance has been given. So, true to form, they called the announcement "meaningless" and once again thumbed their nose at the gesture. WHAT DO THESE IDIOTS WANT? Well, check our postings from a few months back. blogdai took a lot of heat last December for making a prediction (blogdai: "The Babbling Barometer, 12/01/05) but now that prediction bears repeating: The Maoists and the Parties have no intention of reaching a peaceful compromise with the King. They are combining their resources for a forceful takeover
So have a look at excerpts of the King's speech and tell me what you think. (Reprinted from the Himalayan Times)
King calls parties for talks
Rastriya Samachar Samiti
Kathmandu, April 14:King Gyanendra has called upon all political parties to join in a dialogue to bear the responsibility of activating the multiparty democratic polity and contribute towards the same. In a message to the nation on the occasion of the New Year’’s Day 2063 today, the KIng said the democratic norms and values demand the commitment that the goals set forth by the Constitution-1990 can be achieved only through constitutional means.He added that it is his desire that with the active participation of all political parties committed to peace and democracy, a meaningful exercise in multiparty democracy be initiated through the exemplary democratic exercise like the general elections.King noted that there is no alternative to democracy in the 21st century and the verdict of the ballot alone is legitimate. He said, “We are in favour of sustainable peace and the people’s right to vote... Democracy demands restraint and consensus as all forms of extremism are incompatible with democracy. While facing the challenges confronting the nation democracy also emphasises acceptance of the preeminence of the collective wisdom in charting a future course.”
This is a masterful stroke. G. finally got something right. No small miracle considering the baboons he employs for advisors. What G. did was to fall back on pure democratic principles: Let the people decide through elections. He seems game for them to take any form. This is a classic bluff-calling maneuver. G. and the rest of the world know that the Alliance wants to get as far away from the democratic process as possible. Elections would mean accountability and an immediate referendum on the corrupt administrations of the past.
Plus, G. is using language that distances the Maoists from the process unless they change dramatically. We know this is not possible, so this could lead to the dissection of the SPAM with the King going all out to eliminate the Maoists. Divide and conquer.
Hey SPAM: Time to put up or shut up. This is what G. has been trying to do since he sacked Deuba for incompetence a few years ago. Seems Deuba just couldn't bring himself to hold an election. I wonder why?
Oops! Big problems SPA, because M will never go for it. You are in a corner now. Reject a purely democratic gesture and be exposed for the selfish crooks you are, or go for the elections and lose your military might and street momentum with the Maoists. Blogdai fears the former will win the day as SPAM knows nothing of democracy, only protest.