Monday, May 26, 2008

American Strategy

(Left) In a clear demonstration of American strategy, Ambassador Nancy Powell and two well-dressed YCL cadres return to Tribhuvan Airport after a whirlwind shopping trip to New York City

What gives?

The Maoists appear to steal an election at gunpoint and the Yanks welcome them with open arms?

A few explanations are in order, says blogdai. American policy, as blundered by George Bush and Co., can be summed up briefly and simply:

Any process that calls itself "democratic" should be viewed as an American foreign policy victory.

Maybe, to a small extent, they're right. Regardless of whether they were forced at gunpoint; and regardless of the fact that they were coerced and manipulated into a polling process that almost no one understood, Nepali citizens turned out to vote. At the very least they learned that their choices, coerced or not, can influence Nepal's political climate. This bodes well for the future.

The value of elections is just now starting to sink in with Nepalis. It would have been worse if the Yanks, Indians, Girija or whomever stepped in and nullified the process. What faith in the system would the average rural Nepali be left with in that situation? Most world bodies did not care for the resulting Maoist victories yet the respect shown to the election process by letting the results stand leaves a permanent impression on the average voter. Remember, faith in the electoral process, and ultimately democracy, lies in how well we all tolerate decisions and choices we don't like. It's easy to be a winner, it's democratic to take your losses with dignity.

So, Nancy Powell and the various U.S. State Department underlings are all talking with the Maoists and dangling the carrot of removing them from the Yank list of terrorist organizations. Watch for the following strategies to take hold:

--Prachanda will be swept up in a tide of diplomacy and increased foreign aid to the point where he is ideologically neutered and becomes just another greedy Nepal politico. Assimilation through dilution.

--You'll see no "ideological support" during this time. The Maoists will be pushed into playing by the rules. To assist in this, no new arms will be sold, given or shipped to this Maoist regime. The Yanks, just today, grilled Prachanda on how he plains to contain his YCL thugs.

--The Maoists may just blow it in front of the world's eyes. This would confirm to Nepalis, in the most concrete of terms, that we all knew the Maoists were a bad choice yet we respect your right to elect whomever you please--further demonstrating the principle pillar of democracy: protect elections uber alles.

--Prachanda has served the purpose of cleaning the political house. Girija and his inept administration have been maddeningly frustrating to work with from a competence and capacity standpoint. The Maoists will be no better, but the Yanks can now hope for a better day.



At 6:28 PM, May 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes mate. That's quite enough already. Who is "BLOGDAI" anyway? No one out there in blog land is writing stuff of this particular nature. The theorizing and risk averse analysis is sane, clear and way above what anyone else is doing. I don't trust you. Surmise to say that you sir are someone in the diplomatic corp, foreign service, the UN or the CIA or MI6. So sorry, did that hurt?

At 9:01 PM, May 27, 2008, Anonymous Sarki ko choro said...

It’s only that somebody forgot to ask Nepali people what they want? A republic or a constitutional monarchy?

A marriage of convenience between two parties and one para-military group.

Says a lot about the legality of the decision - non binding, I say.

At 12:23 PM, May 28, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...


And the tone deaf imbeciles in the world media are jumping on the first inaccurate band wagon they can find.

No, you wire idiots, Nepal is not finally getting rid of royal rule.

No, you news fools, simply declaring a republic will not remove the monarch.

No, do you realize how stupid all of you are by removing a monarch before it is even voted on by the Constituent Assembly? How democratic.

The absolute fact is that Nepalis do not necessarily want the Monarchy to be abolished; they just want THIS monarch to go away. Ask yourselves, would any of this have happened if Birendra was still on the throne?

blogdai is convince more and more each day that the mainstream media care little for accuracy above and beyond attention-grabbing headlines.


At 4:54 AM, May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai you have lost the plot mate!

Rather than provide analysis or coverage of current events you just provide aggression, anger and insults.

I used to be a regular reader of your blog -it is a shame that you have strayed so far!!!

The English Dude.

At 10:51 AM, May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lighten up English Dude.

One man's anger is another man's insight.

The Desi Dude

At 4:21 PM, May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just nit-picking from Carl Rove's playbook. An angry and insulting Blogdai would not have been able to come up with the hillarious gag caption for the Nancy Powell photo.

Some people will always criticize, no matter what you do so why bother to listen?

Jurgen Kaiel/Tampa, USA

At 1:06 PM, May 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, the Amrerican position is one of appeasement. Not only this but there exists a culture of disengaged cluelessness on both sides. First, America has badly misread Maoist intentions by focusing on the narrow and questionable success of the elections. Second, the Maoists themselves have displayed a total lack of insight on world opinion towards their cause. Brutalizing one's way to power does not win the applause of the Western world.

This all seems rather obvious but I doubt, judging from the quality of responses here, that your readers think deeply enough to follow such logic.

At 9:06 AM, June 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Questions for Blogdai.

What is King G up to?

Not a word from Him!!, Something is going on that the public is not seeing.

How long before he stops playing nice?

Why do I have the feeling that 1990 Constitution is going to return soon?

At 1:05 PM, June 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have got a hunch that Chinese will act up once Olympic is done. Sweet nancy is racking up Tibetain issues for a cause, India is in hurry to declare Republich before all hell breaks loose. So this nation of ruffians in the guise of leaders will continue to act as pimp for any high bidder- just ask Pahadi, Pandey and Dixits. they know how its done.

I read somewhere that BP son was complaining about New Constitution being drafted in India in consultattion with Maoist. I guess he is a Doctor who thinks cure is better than prevention. Quite shocked, he did not see this coming-Duh.

At 11:42 PM, June 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There won't be anytime left to regret for this change.

At 5:48 AM, June 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been 2 months since the Maoists won a landslide election and yet we have no government?

This should be the real question on our lips.

I would not like to see the Maoists form a government but given that they won the election through something called 'votes' I think it is only right they govern.

Instead we have non-government and a period of musical chairs with each political party trying to carve out power -forgetting that the NC, UML and others were largely voted out of power.

So why are they still there? Clinging to power? Isn't this what the King was guilty of? Right?

Oh, I love New Nepal its like Old Nepal on ecstasy.

At 6:44 PM, June 23, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

is it any wonder?

Prachanda has never ONCE intimated that he would even remotely deviate from turning Nepal into a communist state.

Our blind faith the in a person's ability to do what's right has done us in.

We voted for Maoists, now prepare for a Maoist country.


At 11:12 AM, June 25, 2008, Anonymous bloger dai said...

well, nepali ko politics jahile pani kale kale milera khau bhale ho kyare ...

kukur bhukdai garchha bista sukdai garchha!

At 10:19 PM, July 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, we have supported maoist so we should not feel bad about maoist rule.....we should be proud to be thinking oursleves as maoist..New Nepal what the leaders used to say....


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