Well, ok. How can anything be more clear? The King has handed over control of the government to the Alliance. Just name a PM and off you go. Easy right? Well, wrong.
In what has become the most predictable pattern of this entire conflict, cadres are taking to the streets denouncing the King's offer. "Too little too late" is their cry.
Having your demands met is too little? It's now too late for your street protests to have any positive outcome? Are you saying that you will now only settle for the complete destruction of Nepal? I thought this whole thing was about "restoring democracy." Well, now it's being restored and you don't want it?
What we're seeing is mob rule taking over. Protests were never about democracy. Koirala knows nothing but protests and mobilization; having honed his craft in his educational years in Bihar. He knows that any and every issue possible must be used to get mobs moving. One has to broaden the anger by broadening the issues in order to get the kind of street turn-out that Koirala has been getting. Perhaps it is too late. Too late for mob sanity. And do you think these protests will stop anytime soon? The King gave in to protests. The mob got a small victory. There are now thousands of young protesters believing that "democracy" works only through disruption. Shout long and loud enough and eventually you will get your way. Let's call it "Brat Democracy."
blogdai thinks the King might have been better served by offering this forward thinking proposal as an example: Make a nationwide announcement. State that the seven parties and the maoists are invited for talks anywhere and anytime. All issues and concerns of all parties will be discussed. In fact, we will discuss turning over the government to the people under terms you all agree upon. This includes a constituent assembly. But as long as protestors are in the streets breaking things, we will not budge. Stop the protests or there will be no progress. So, SPAM it is up to you. You wanna' talk or you wanna fight?
But these types of examples shouldn't be necessary. Even the most dull-witted SPAM stone thrower can see that the Kings gesture is a concession. He is opening up the lines of dialogue. Idiots like Sushil Koirala bristle at the fact that G. has not addressed every little concern with his offer. NC-D calls the whole thing a ploy. Well SPAM, when a door like this is left open, you shouldn't complain about whether it swings to the left or right.
I get a lot of frenzied little-boys posting here demanding the King meet all their needs before they will talk. How pathetic. A mature politician interested in dialogue would take the King's invitation and build on it. The King has created an opportunity. Responsible leaders would capitalize on it and begin dialogue.
So all of this seems obvious to us, right? Why would those seeking to run the country not want peace and dialogue? Because they want absolute power, period. They know that democratic dialogue leads to democratic compromise; and compromise leads to a potential loss of power. SPAM will have none of it. Do we ever stop to wonder why there was never one request for dialogue originating out of the SPAM camp? Plus, those taking to the streets do not represent all of Nepal. Shouldn't any potential leaders seek to heal National wounds in the spirit of unity? Isn't dialogue the chief means of identifying these wounds? Not in SPAM's thinking. This is all about their power grab, nothing else. These guys cannot and will not live peacefully as long as the current constitution and the ground realities of Nepal call for a royal presence. They want it all and they want it now!
When will it become clear to us that SPAM does not want dialogue? And why should they? When you have idiots in the world community and Prachanda's own ambassador: James Moriarity, keeping your momentum alive, why stop for a little inconvenience like democratic dialogue?
SPAM has done nothing throughout this entire conflict that has demonstrated a desire to represent the rights of all citizens or to conduct themselves democratically. And yet, since the King's takeover last year, the lazy media have kept up the drumbeat of "democracy in Nepal is being repressed" to the point that now even Maoists are looked apont as symbols of democratic struggle.
And three cheers to those blood-stained Maobadis! They've manage to ascend to the heights of power by using SPA as temporary soldiers on the streets of Kathmandu. Funny, during their back-door rise, did we even once hear that the maoists would accept SPAM ideals? How about give up violence? No, I didn't think so.
SPAM has blood in their eye right now. Their refusal of the King's gesture will mean they are bent on absolute rule--most likely with the Maoists at the helm.
So everyone, stay tuned for "INVITATION #4." which blogdai predicts will take the following form: An exasperated King addresses each concern and need of the SPAM alliance and agrees to a constituent assembly. This will be followed immediately by SPAM calling the whole thing a ploy and demanding a fresh round of protests.
Do we "get it" yet? Or are we too stupid, numb or obsessed with the use of the word "democracy" to know what is going on?