Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Democracy: Get Rid of It

Billions and Billions deceived daily!

I've had it. Finished. Sick of it. Democracy is worthless. Every two-bit dictator and government with something to hide knows they just have to use the word "democracy" to describe any action or atrocity, and the world Media, UN and human rights agencies will bend over and drool like a drunken prom date in a limo.

Democracy. She's become a cheap whore to the world's despots:

1994: Genera Sani Abacha, dictator of Nigeria repressed his people under the banner of democracy by holding fake elections that insured his victory and subsequently murdering pro-democracy supporters.
1965: Mobutu Sese Seko, president of Zaire had, according to our buddies at Amnesty International, vowed to keep Zaire "safe for democracy" only to use the statement as the usual cloak to torture his opponents and ignore the starvation of his people.
Today: Anyone out there bother to check who's running the People's "Democratic" Republic of Korea?
The U.S., supposedly the world's shining beacon of democratic practice insists on forcing their version of the term on a non-compliant world. How ironic. The Yanks can't even bring themselves to give other nations the freedom of choice to select their own systems. What has this done to the world's perception of democracy when its supposed greatest practicing nation uses a democratic banner to cloak its hegemony?

No, all that democracy can provide these days is another strategic tool that anyone can use to leverage any political position and stall world condemnation. I say, let's let the despotic autocrats and warlords of the world call whatever they want a democracy. We'll let them have the term. We've cheapened it enough.

I say, get rid of democracy! It's done, used up. We're now at the critical point in world history where just about everyone has lived by or heard about democracy long enough to know how to manipulate it for their own personal gains. There is no longer any novelty to democracy. Gone are the days when democracy meant public responsibility and public sacrifice. Enter now the new definition: mob rule. Let's see, how many "people power" movements have overthrown the Phillipine government since their initial successful effort? And, for that matter, since April has any group of Nepalis with an "issue" not chosen to take to the streets?

Girija and Prachanda have used democracy masterfully. They professed that the April movement would restore (the comically oxymoronic) "absolute democracy." Well Nepal, seen an election yet? Seen any attempt at democratic compromise or reconcilliation yet? Seen any kind of equal representation even being proposed yet?
No, what we need is a breath of fresh air. Start a movement that incorporates all the beloved and sacred ideas of democracy as we knew it and just call it something else. I miss old favorites like: rule of law, the committment to the peaceful resolution of disputes, equal representation under the law, respect for minority opinions and rights and a few of those other pillars of old-school democratic thought. It would be nice to find a new home for such noble ideas.
How about this: EQUALISM
Really, any term will work, as long as it's not democracy.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Utter Foolishness

Well, pat yourselves on the back, UN. Another job well botched.

I'm sure you feel just peachy about your accomplishments in Nepal. Through your influence and diplomatic skill you've managed to:

1. Give the Maoists exactly what they want.

2. Insure that any constituent assembly election will be neither fair nor reflect the will of the people of Nepal.

The little 5 point agreement submitted by SPAM to the UN is full of the usual boilerplate politician-speak--fully designed to be neither taken seriously nor acted upon by anyone. That is, until we come to point #3 which deals with the decommissioning of Maoist arms:

On the basis of the agreement to seek UN assistance in the “management of arms and armed personnel of both the sides”, qualified civilian personnel will be deployed to monitor and verify the confinement of CPN-M combatants and their weapons within the designated cantonment areas. Later, the modalities for all arrangements, including of arms and munitions, will be worked out among the parties and the UN.

And the UN bought it. If history tells us anything, when Nepali politicians or Maoists use the word "later" in a proclamation, it means "never." The only thing significant about this statement is that Steffan de Mistura and his UN delegation to Nepal were the ones who suggested this language and thus, gave world legitimacy to the Maoist's armed struggle.

Prachanda must be very pleased indeed. His army is now legitimized by the world community!

How pathetically naive and tragically sad. Unless the UN is prepared to maintain a permanent monitoring presence in every Nepali village, this is a recipe for disaster.

Having Maoists wait somewhere on the sidelines with guns still in hand ruins any chance of a fair constituent assembly election. Villagers have lived with Maoist threats and intimidation long enough to know that if they don't elect a Maoist representative to the constituent assembly, somewhere down the line, there will be Maoist retalliation. Maoist have already said they are not necessarily bound by any election results so any anti-Maoist election statement by any district is an invitation for Maoist violence.

This UN conceived, endorsed and implemented monitoring idea is going to get a lot of people killed.

Maoists must be fully disarmed before any election can be counted as fair. Their intimidation factor is too high. Witness the municipal elections of last year: candidates were threatened, abused and even killed by Maoists and their SPA minions.

Try telling any of that to the UN. They love to give away the house to appease any group, call it a compromise and claim a mediation victory.

This move will come back to haunt them.


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

What We Must Do Part III: Hammer the Bastards

OPEN FORUM. Due to increased requests, blogdai will turn off the moderation feature and let everyone just go at it. We will do this from time to time and see how it evolves. We will, I'm afraid, have to reinstate the word verification function, lest we get innundated with blog spam. -=BD

Nepal is messed-up; or so the world keeps telling us. We do (did) get shoddy treatment in the Western media by all manner of pundits who have never been to Nepal, never seen or talked to a Nepali and never bothered to study Nepal's vast and complex history. Still, many of these Westerners feel they have some proprietary duty to comment on events and conflicts there as though they were perfect, serene experts. With an absolute straight face, these political conjurers insist on applying Western history lessons and Western political and military theories to Nepal issues. It doesn't work. Add to that the scores of Kathmandu-based journalists and shout-fest Nepali blog sites-- all spouting bias, rage and innacuracy--that further confuse perceptions of Nepal, and we have a media culture that is driving an already teetering Nepal further towards chaos.

Well, NO MORE. Let's use our substantial readership here at blogdai to HAMMER THESE BASTARDS. Bad, innacurate reporting has actually forced perceptions and events in Nepal; the tail has been "wagging the dog" over the last few months and it's time to put a stop to it.

Time to fire-up the BMW: Blogdai's Media Watchdogs.

With Bavarian thoroughness and efficiency, let's go after all those who misrepresent, misreport and claim to be experts on Nepal issues. These folks do real damage on the political scene in Nepal and it's time their brand of journalism and reporting came under scrutiny.

How to do it:

1. Scan Googlenews. Type in "Nepal" or any other related topic and see what comes up. Usually, Googlenews is a clearing house for the most basic and insipid of Nepal reporting that makes its way through the wires to the computers of fat Westerners. Find the news and commentary that just doesn't make sense to you and reply to it. If you don't want to reply, post it here and our readership will decide what to do. The BBC runs a heavily-monitored thread on Nepal issues, as does Check out Wikipedia for their current wave of Nepal "facts."

2. Scan Nepal news sources. is the best cache site.,, and others. Pay Kunda Dixit a visit over at The Nepali times site as well. Again, look for bias and comment on it. Doesn't feel right? Post it here.

3. Follow the idiots. Look for political pundits who just can't shut up about Nepal. (OK, I'm included in that group). We've had a good history of calling fools on the carpet here at blogdai, so we're more than happy to repeat the process with someone you find on your own. Far right-wing and revolutionary sites are good hunting grounds for these types. It sounds trite, sure, but these opinions are the germ of more widespread thinking. Catch them early and often.

4. Get on the sites. I disagree often with Dinesh Wagle's "United We Blog" yet his commentary is vital and necessary to the Nepal discussion in general. But, don't give him a free pass! Waves of ridiculous and often pro-Maoist thinking goes unchecked on UWB, post after post. Get in there and make your opinions known. Also, try to get an intelligent word in at and the insipid and frightening democracyfornepal. Find some new Nepal chats and report them here. All momentum (even blogdai's) must be checked with an opposing viewpoint from time to time. Remember, we win blog arguments because we research, prove the facts, and don't shout. If you find yourself getting slaughtered by screaming little boys, post it here and we'll go over to the thread and help you out.

These are the trenches. This is where democracy is frommented. Point/counterpoint discussions are vital. Right now we see a lot of agenda-driven one-sided commentary from Western commenters. We also see a lot of angry people looking for the catch-phrase that will help them form the next mob to hit the streets in Kathmandu. Our job is to balance and inform the discussion. Unchecked reporting and commentary is an invitation for factional abuse.

Also, vocal support of commentary that actually presents a well-argued opinion--pro or con--is valued and worthy of acknowledgement. We're big fans of Preety Koirala and Thomas Marks here at blogdai. Certainly, there are others out there who "get it right." We love to hear about any new writers that actually have something to say.

What do we say? Say what you feel, but the most important thing is to let those who post crap about Nepal understand that their views will no longer go unchecked. Some talking point I like to make when arguing are:

1. There is no "people's movement" or public mandate without elections. Girija and his mob haven't held one in 8 years so how can they possibly claim a mandate?

2. Don't fool yourselves. The King and the army are still intact and still buddy-buddy. All he had to do was pull the trigger and this whole story would have been different.

3. Don't rely on the babblings of any American diplomat. The U.S. relies on India for its Nepal moves.

4. Look at Nepal's recent history. Does anything even give us a remote clue that the Maoists will lay down there arms and join the mainstream? The Maoists won't compromise, period.

5. Nepal needs to wipe the slate clean of these old-guard politicians and start the process anew with fresh ideas and people who are committed to public service over personal enrichment.

6. A Nepali's traditional dislike for the excesses and cruelty of past royal regimes must not be an excuse for mob action. We live in modern times and the Panchayat and Rana eras of dominance will never be repeated. Let it go and move forward. Leave the King alone and move forward.

Just talking points, but you get the idea. Ok, this is an open forum so let's see what you can come up with. Let's get this BMW rolling. Happy hunting!