For a while (especially since Clinton-Obama battle reached epic proportions) I’ve been following the Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan. It’s still sitting in my reader, the feed, and I do see interesting posts every once in a while. The Dish, as he calls it, is a sane opinion, almost all the time.
However, enter India-Pakistan, and the link I get there is this, as “disturbing analysis”:
If Pakistan truly wishes to turn back the tide of fundamentalism in its country, and stop exporting violence overseas, then it must have proper support and assistance from India. (emphasis mine)
Did I read that right? Is it only me who seems pissed at this? Imagine saying something like this: “If you have a serial rapist in your family (whom you’ve used to raping and abusing your neighbors every once in a while when it suited you), you need to have a proper support from those he raped and abused, for you to turn your back on him, effectively”.
What exactly is this “proper support”? Do they want our commando teams in their territory, in a joint mission with Pakistani army to root out the terror camps? I’m sure Indian government will be all ears and more. Do they want Indian commandos and special forces, and spies to hunt for Dawood and other gangsters/terrorists hiding in Pakistan? I’m sure, again, Indian government will be more than willing. Do they want Indian air-force to destroy the terror camps by carpet bombing? I’m sure …
The sooner India and Pakistan publicly announce a joint, high level work force to defuse the situation and engage in some serious counter-intelligence in anti-terrorism activities between the two countries, then the sooner the sorts of scenes that has been displayed across the world the past few hours can be put to one side, and the basic fundamentals of a peace accord between factions within the two countries finally be implemented. It needs to happen fast.
Diffuse the situation? What the fuck is this situation? Global fanatical Jihadi terror? Terrorism (and terrorists) systematically nurtured, almost as a state policy, with ISI support, for years, by one country, which now needs ‘proper’ support of the affected country to even turn it’s back on the terror network, not even to crack down on them?
Yeah right. Serious counter intelligence. Against ISI? Against infiltration? Against those terrorists in Kashmir, who’ve crossed the line of control, after taking training on that side? Against Indian Mujahiddin/Laskhar/…? Against terror camps that are still brewing inside the POK and the rest? What exactly is this joint counter-intelligence we’re talking about? Please? What exactly in it is on India’s plate?
I mean what the fuck? Why the fuck does a Pakistani involvement in anti-terror initiative have to be conditional (more below)? If they’re serious, it has to be unconditional, unilateral, urgent, unequivocal. Enough of India should do this and India should do that, from all these cronies.
So here is the reason, according to the cronies, why it has to be conditional: hold your breath:
Yet meeting just last week with Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Punjab, I was reminded just how Pakistan itself hurts from extremism. Whilst looking to attract foreign investment into Pakistan, he acknowledged, as did the Ministry of Commerce and several other high ranking officials as part of the official government delegation visiting China just how much the country felt ‘embarrassed’ by violence.
Yes, embarrassed! This time, the emphasis is original, mind you! You’d think anyone who has the sense to put embarrassed in quotes like that would get the joke. Pakistan hurts from terrorism it actively supported, time and again, as a matter of state policy, to bleed India. It has been at a low intensity, and unilateral, war with India for last god knows how many years. Unilateral, unabashed, unapologetic, unembarrassed, too. Now that some chickens are coming home to roost, they’re embarrassed! And that’s enough for these cronies. Now that they’re embarrassed, all is forgotten. Now, India must “engage with Pakistan to root out militancy“. Classic.
Like US has engaged with Vietnam to root out communism? Like US has engaged with Iraq, and Afghanistan, to root out nuclear weapons and Islamic terrorism? Or would that embarrass the Pakistani government even further?