Archive for September, 2008

Delhi Encounter – Jamia to defend its students in court: V-C

September 24, 2008

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2008/20080923/main5.htm

 

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Delhi Encounter
Jamia to defend its students in court: V-C
Charu Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22
In an unprecedented move of a university going pro-active and taking on the Delhi police, Jamia Millia Islamia University has decided to defend its students involved in the Batla House incident. Late this evening, Vice-Chancellor Mushirul Hassan issued a brief but terse statement communicated by the PRO, Rakshanda Jalil, that, “Jamia will defend its two students arrested in connection with the Batla House incident. We are going in for a court case; the university feels morally bound to defend its students until proven guilty and we will use the legal apparatus for this purpose.”

Meanwhile, the atmosphere at Jamia Millia Islamia University and Jamia Nagar remains highly charged following last week’s encounter at Batla House. The faculty at Jamia is finding itself in a difficult situation because of the involvement of three university students, one of whom is dead. Students on the other hand are nervous and tend to be tight-lipped on the issue.

The Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Mushirul Hassan, has mentioned in a letter that, “The incidents in the neighbouring locality have caused much concern to all of us. However, it is a matter of satisfaction that our students have remained calm and restrained in their conduct.” He further adds that the media has carried out a “misinformation campaign” and “nobody from the media bothered to verify the facts” from the university authorities. Nor has the police checked with me or the proctor about the students.

Says Hassan, “On Saturday, I informed the minister for human resource development, the secretary and joint secretary of the MHRD and the chairman of the University Grants Commission that Jamia students had no connection with the unfortunate incident.” However, he simultaneously confirms that two of the students picked up by the police on Sunday are on the rolls of the university.

Jalil, PRO, Jamia, says, “The general atmosphere at Jamia right now is extremely uneasy and we feel that there should be more transparency in this investigation as the shadow of suspicion has fallen on our students. The police should be in touch with us closely, as opposed to the current situation when we receive all information from media.” Jalil further says, “We are of course checking the rolls for names of students involved. So far only three have been found, out of which one is dead.”

“The police has kept us in the dark and there should be more cooperation from their side. These are very difficult times for Jamia, as the university’s reputation is at stake. The university is also initiating several steps to deal with the situation, including holding an executive committee meeting,” adds Jalil.

Students on the other hand are also extremely nervous and reluctant to talk. Nasreen, a Jamia student, says, “This is not good for the university or for us. Our parents want us to take a break from the university for a few days and stay at home, but I insist on coming as the classes are going on as usual. We are very anxious and hope that this stain on the university fades away.

Another student, who did not want to be named, says, “Many of us are living in Jamia Nagar and with this incident we are feeling threatened. Checks are carried out in the night. Some boys are planning to go home for a few days. We cannot concentrate on our studies, it is not easy.” Shaukat Ali, a third year student at Jamia, says, “Many of us in the hostel are very disturbed with the incident. What do you expect? I come from a small town in UP. My family is from a humble background and their hopes are pinned on me doing well in my exams. This is my final year, but this incident has left me shaken and disturbed.”

VIEW FROM BANGLADESH- Bombing in India: RSS engineering ‘Islamic terrorism’?

September 24, 2008

VIEW FROM BANGLADESH:

 

Bombing in India: RSS engineering ‘Islamic terrorism’?
 
 
London 18 September 2008. Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh expressed new realism when he told a meeting of governors of states yesterday, “The role of Pakistan-based terrorist groups cannot be minimised but the involvement of local elements in recent blasts adds a new dimension to the terrorist threat,” and he added, “We have reports that certain Pakistan-based terrorist outfits are constantly seeking to set up new terrorist modules within our country”, according to report bybdnews24.com/Reuters today (18 September 2008).
 
The reporter remarked, ‘Singh’s comment is an explicit, high-level acknowledgement home-grown groups were now carrying out bombings in India, which has traditionally blamed Pakistan for violent attacks on its soil.’
 
For many years now, in the wake of bombings by ‘suspected’ Islamic groups, India in the absence of concrete intelligence, has been pointing their fingers at external operatives such as ‘Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-i-Tayeba’, ’Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-BD)’, etc. They dished out many make believe stories of bombing operations, which many observers suspected to be concocted in the research chambers of RAW. This kind of blame-mongering, and the desperate and reckless police actions by India in the aftermath of bombings, has been likened to “a flailing state” by Harvard economist Lant Pritchett, the word ‘Flailing’ meaning moving vigorously or erratically, such as arms flailing helplessly in the water while drowning, according to reports by Avijit Ghosh in the Times of India yesterday (17 September 2008). Another report of the Times of India yesterday highlighted Dr. Manmohan Singh’s despair about the gap in government intelligence as they reported: ‘Reflecting Government’s concern over the recent serial bomb blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Delhi, Singh admitted that there were “still vast gaps in intelligence” that needed to be overcome’.
 
Thus, Dr. Singh’s new realism with his inward look is the right approach and it would be quite revealing to him, if only he seriously does a retrospective soul-searching about the conditions of the Muslims in India, who constitute 13 percent (16 percent according to other views) of the population, and if only he looks into the grievances of this repressed, downtrodden and marginalized community, who have been massacred, brutalised and terrorised by thousands of most callous riots perpetrated in front of the eyes of the world, over a decade more than half a century.
 
In the social fabric, ridden by caste system with unequal status and unequal rights by birth and for life, the other deprived communities in India fare no better, as the treatment of the Muslims by the 15 percent cast Hindus compares very well with similar treatments of the Dalits, the near Dalits, the Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and other minority communities and minority nationalities, in this much vaunted hypocrisy touted as the so-called largest democracy.
 
It was indeed Dr. Manmohan Singh, who at the start of his premiership, appointed the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee for preparation of a report on the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community of India. The committee prepared a 403-page report that was tabled in Parliament on 30 November 2006 – 20 months after obtaining the terms of reference from the Prime Minister’s Office. Now, for the first time, it was shown with statistics, how marginalized the Muslim community have been in India. Even the ‘Ananda Bazar Patrika’ exclaimed that in many respects the conditions of the Muslims are worse than those of the Dalits. What choices do they have then, if they are relentlessly pushed against the wall only to be shot? Will they not launch any struggle to survive??
 
Peter Foster in his dispatch titled ‘India: how safe is it now?’ in thetelegraph.co.uk on 15 September 2008 drew bold and correct conclusions: “In the longer term, .. , India will have to do more for its marginalized Muslim minority if it wants to choke off recruits to the Jihadi cause. If you look at the socio-economic statistics, the only category Muslims top is the number held in prison. On literacy, social welfare, government jobs etc, Muslims continuously languish in the lower reaches of pretty well every set of indicators you care to choose.”
 
Good and sound conclusion. But the big question is: Who is going to tame the Hindu fundamentalists? The Hindu fundamentalists not only whip up communal tensions and perpetrate thousands of riots, but according to reports, they have also been engaged in engineering ‘Islamic terrorism’.
 
On 15 September 2008, Shabnam Hashmi, Member, National Integration Council and Dr. Ram Puniyani, Social Activist and writer, jointly circulated ‘An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of India’, showing case by case that the RSS have been involved in making and blasting bombs in the guise of ‘Islamic terrorists’, so that communal tensions and violence can be whipped up and these can be used in order to mobilise votes for the BJP-RSS group. The letter was published in the ‘Communalism Watch’ on 15 September 2008 and posted tohttp://www.twocircles.net/ on 16 September 2008. The activists and writers of the letter asserted, ‘If we look at the timing of the terror attacks it is very clear that one and only one political outfit is gaining from it and that is Sangh. With their eyes on the central government their agenda of polarizing the voter is going ahead successfully’.
 
With the sinister and murderous scheme of things against them as they are, the Muslims in India are bound to respond, if they refuse to be silently bulldozed. Call it Jihad, call it struggle for physical survival, call it struggle for economic, social and cultural emancipation, the Muslims have been left with no other alternative except for uniting and politically fighting for their rights, and whether these fights for rights can be conducted peacefully will depend on the government and the powerful Hindu fundamentalists. The best thing for the Muslims in India would be to unite with all the other deprived sections and communities of India and launch a united great struggle for the great task of the economic, social and cultural emancipation of the people of India, the kind of struggle which are much needed throughout the under-developed world, including of course our beloved country Bangladesh.


 

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IS THIS MAHATMA GANDHI’S IDEA OF INDIA?

September 22, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

 

IS THIS MAHATMA GANDHI’S IDEA OF INDIA?

 

Writing in The New York Times, Anand Giridharadas, while expounding the strategies behind India’s new massive investment in its armed forces, has given out tasks that India would or should take up. One of the more mischievous hints that would certainly alarm India’s Persian/Arab Gulf neighbours is explained by the author as the new paradigm of India’s defense objectives, when he writes:

 

“A more robust military is also vital for protecting millions of Indian workers in the Persian Gulf, who are from time to time threatened by political volatility. But the most pressing motivation may be the fast-moving Chinese.”

 

Two generations of Indian workers, in their millions have earned their very comfortable livelihood in the Gulf countries since oil boom started, and even remitted billions of dollars to help India tide over its earlier foreign exchange difficulties. Now the military and naval planners are to pay that hospitality back by threatening to take care of Indian workers’ interest through gunboat diplomacy, a la USA.

 

It is typical of the western hegemonists to immediately dispatch their armed flotilla to trouble spots, under the pretext of saving their own citizens, but in essence threatening uncooperative regimes to follow their dictats, or else. Now they are enlisting India to do their dirty job, if any, in the neighbourhood.

 

Has this been Mahatma Gandhi’s Idea of India?

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

www.ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com

 

 

Media Circus by Yousuf Saeed

September 20, 2008

From: Yousuf Saeed <saeed.yousuf@gmail.com>  

 

Reply-To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com

 

To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com

 

Date: Sep 19, 2008 9:38 PM

 

Subject: Re: [arkitectindia] Thoughts on Terror

 

Friends

 

I have titled this message the “media circus”, although I am actually referring to this morning’s so-called encounter killing of two young people referred to as “terrorists” in L-18 Batla House, Jamia Nagar, by the Delhi police. I call it media circus because that’s what I think it really is, like many more such incidents.

 

The incident happened in my neigbourhood, about 150 meters from my house. So I have the opportunity to see how things are turning up. I had gone out of the area for some work while the incident was taking place around 11 am, but found it impossible to reach back home 2 hours later, because the road for about 1 and a half kilometer (on both sides) was completely blocked, not by the police vehicles, but by the parked OB vans of the countless TV channels, some of which I never heard of before. Each of these vehicles had its generators on, and thick video cables jetting out of them for several meters to the other end where the cameraperson and the excited anchor were shouting how two terrorists have been killed in the fierce encounter. Most local people are surprised at the speed with which the TV crews arrived here and in such large number. Apparently, the Delhi Police had already told a section of the press they are going for a raid in Batla House, based on the suspect Abu Bashir’s tip-off ( I heard this from a anchor on Times NOW channel, although Police chief Dadwal is now denying there is any link with Abu Bashir), but they didn’t obviously say it was going to be an encounter. It’s strange that the local residents got to know about the incident only after the two people had been killed – many in fact learnt it from the Aaj-tak channel. They claim they heard only the police firing and no gunshots from inside the flat, which the police claim have injured two of their constables.

 

Most of you watching news TV in your homes may have already heard the cacophony of the TV anchors, each trying to be shriller than the other to prove that the local members of the Indian Mujahideen have been killed. They now seem to have memorized their lines on this issue well, since they have to repeat the same thing again and again. The graphics, animated logos, crawling tickers, and dramatic music/soundtrack to go with such coverage are always ready in the cans to be used at short notice. A cameraman running towards Batla House is nibbling at a burger while he holds on to a camera in his other hand.

 

I saw two members of a TV crew outside the Holy Family Hospital (where the injured policemen have been taken) fiercely fight about which camera angle would look best for a sound byte. Everything looks as if planned and part of the usual business. The cops are happily allowing the media to climb any wall to get the best shot while they beat the local rickshaw-pullers to leave the roads clean. The message has got across loud and clear: we told you – Batla House is a haven of terrorists.

 

But many things sound fishy. I’ve been hearing a lot of angry conversations in the neighborhood: people are asking that if the police had only planned a simple raid (which they did 2 days ago in Zakir Nagar and Abul Fazl Enclave too), why did they have to bring battalions of police and encounter specialists with AK-56 and other deadly looking guns (that I myself saw) in advance. And why is the media called in even before the residents are told. Of course the fact the this happens in the month of Ramzan, on a Friday, and near a large mosque where people were going to gather in large numbers later for prayers, sounds just too predictable and clichéd for anyone’s imagination. Some locals claim that the police had been visiting this place (and that particular house) since last few days, and the so-called terrorists and their weapons were probably “planted” last night for this encounter. This claim would obviously find no takers in the presently created euphoria (did you see any channel showing a sound byte to this affect?) I didn’t find a single local resident who is not fed up with this oft-repeated image of Jamia Nagar as harboring terrorists. But none of the channels I saw aired the public angst against their portrayal.

 

To be honest, one shouldn’t deny that the Batla House area has some criminal and anti-social elements, just as Darya Ganj or Shahadra or Govindpuri would have. But most local residents believe that for Jamia to become a haven of such criminal elements, the local police and land-mafia are equally responsible. Jamia area is one of the rare localities of Delhi where the rule of law doesn’t apply in most spheres. The land mafia openly indulges in illegal construction; no rules of traffic apply here, the condition of civic amenities is abysmal. Illegal shops, factories (many with child labour) and businesses operate here actively with police connivance. The local politicians (MLA, councilors) are actually part of the problem rather than the solution.

 

There is a full-scale illegal ISBT (bus stand) running in Batla House’s backyard to bring hundreds of migrants everyday from small towns of UP (you can see the police openly accepting bribe from its operators any day).

 

There is no question of sealing whatever the heck business you may run here and most places stink with heaps of garbage everywhere. There are no RWAs or citizen’s initiatives to discuss the problems. It is truly a manufactured ghetto of Delhi – why don’t all these problems happen in Lajpat Nagar or Kalkaji? I am positive that the authorities are aware that criminals (or what they call terrorists) exist here.

 

But they deliberately allow them to thrive here – never to be touched in the normal/peaceful times – keep them for the right time. It is as if Batla House is a laboratory or breeding ground where things are allowed to grow by providing all the required ingredients and safety.

 

The fruits are plucked only when they are ripe (or required). So today, they simply came to gather the fruit they had sown, and made a big exhibition of it by calling the media. The local people, frightened that the next encounter may happen in their house, simply squirm and hide in their personal ghettos.

 

In all this, a big responsibility lies with the media, and I am yet to come across bold and honest reporters who are ready to go beyond the obvious and investigate the truth – not simply repeat what is told to them by the authorities or their channel bosses.

 

Yousuf Saeed

September 19, 2008

 

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The fall of the house of cards By Ghulam Muhammed

September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

 

 

The fall of the house of cards

 

 

Delhi bomb blasts have completely destroyed the elaborate fiction line that police, investigating agencies, media and politicians all together, deliberately or inadvertently (take your pick) had been dutifully following after each bombing incident all over India. This time around the people were somehow got tired of the old line of blaming SIMI, which seems to have acquired nine lives, now that even two of its masterminds, as declared by ATS, are behind bars and still there is no let up in the bombings.

 

A big change in people’s thinking was brought about by Ajay Sahni’s meticulous investigative articles in Tehelka that exposed the fake demonisation of a ‘chosen’ enemy, as a convenient ploy to cover up the real culprits that were beyond of pale of law, due to apparent political consideration.

 

The disarray started in the UPA camp itself, when three prominent coalition party leaders, publicly expressed the doubt in SIMI could have been involved in all these series of bombing.

 

By the time of Delhi bombings, the storm blew up in the face of the Home Minister, Shiv Raj Patil, who is widely believed to have soft corner for an opposition party, that is most suspected of being involved.

 

The media took the hint of the adverse winds, and started concentrating on the real job of investigative reporting.

 

Following is just one example of how the hints are out, that ‘Indian Mujahideen’ could be an invention of some non-Muslim organisation, out to defame and demonise Muslims and prepare grounds to foment communal riots.

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

 

 

 

www.dnaindia.com

 

Thursday, September 18, 2008

 

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Terror mail writers may not be madrassa products

 

Handwriting analysis shows they are urban-bred and may not know Urdu

 

Aditya Kaul. New Delhi

 

The emails sent before the serial blasts of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Uttar Pradesh have been signed by three individuals, but one of them was only trying to copy the signature of the group leader just before Jaipur blasts, according to one of Indias leading graphologists.

 

The graphologist, who has helped the police in several investigations, believes that all the signatories are urban bred, English-speaking individuals, who may have had almost no madrassa education, if they are Muslims. It is quite possible that the three persons who have signed the documents do not know Urdu language. And thats because the strokes in the signature of a person who knows how to write and read Urdu are distinctively different. There is no reason to conclude that all of them are Muslims, he said.

 

These people are well educated men and have been born and brought up in metros. They have sound family backgrounds and have been brought up in families with a modern outlook, the handwriting expert said.

 

DNA had over the past two days consulted with some of Indias leading psychologists and handwriting experts to try and figure out the men, and women, if any, who could be playing a key role in the terror groups that are wreaking havoc across Indian cities. Yesterday, DNA carried detailed psychological profiles of the writers of the five terror mails, in which the psychologists surmised that the writers were in the age group of 20-50 and suffered from anti-social personality disorder. They were highly educated.

 

DNA has now been given a detailed analysis of the signatures on the documents. Four of the five emails have been signed — two of them have been signed as Guru Al Hindi and Al Arbi, the third has been signed only by Al Arbi. The fourth carries a signature faked by someone else for Guru Al Hindi.

 

The handwriting expert says there are primarily two people who have signed four of the five emails. These two people — Guru Al Hindi and Al Arbi — are personalities in contrast. One is a confident energetic extrovert individual, while the other is an extremely shy introvert.

 

The two have received assistance from a third person, or more, in drafting the emails. The third person whose signature is on the email sent just before the Jaipur blasts seems to have tried to copy Guru Al Hindis signature and he is only an understudy, if he is part of it.

 

The original Guru Al Hindi looks like the real executive director of the group. He is calm in the head and thats his plus point, says the graphologist.

 

The expert, who studied the email independent of the group of psychologists whom DNA consulted earlier, has agreed with several of their conclusions, including the fact that the emails were prepared by a small group of at least three people. There have been five emails which have credible links to the terrorists — four of them sent just as the explosions were to happen in the Uttar Pradesh courts, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi. The fifth was sent to rubbish the Gujarat polices claims that Simi was behind the Ahmedabad blasts.

 

 

Different strokes in terror mails

 

Handwriting experts say that al Arbi who signed one of the emails may not be a proper follower of Islam

 

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Aditya Kaul. New Delhi

 

Guru al Hindi and al Arbi, the two persons who signed the terror emails sent just before some of the recent serial blasts across the country, are very contrasting personalities, according to a leading graphologist.

 

DNA had got the handwriting expert to analyse the signatures on the PDF formatted emails sent after the blasts. Four of the five emails have been signed — two of them as Guru al Hindi and al Arbi, the third only as al Arbi. The fourth carries a signature faked by someone else for Guru al Hindi.

 

The expert says Guru al Hindi is a person full of bubbling energy and enthusiastic to achieve something ASAP [as soon as possible]. He is riding high on confidence. And this confidence isnt over-confidence.

 

He knows exactly what he is doing. He is sharp. Kind of an upcoming genius and it would be very tough to trap him. With his kind of sharpness and energy, our agencies stand nowhere as of now.

 

On the other hand, al Arbi is a complete introvert, who is shy of the world and cant speak out much in the open. He is “definitely” a young male, says the graphologist, who has in the past assisted agencies in investigating sensitive cases. al Arbi’s is the only signature in the email sent out rubbishing the Gujarat police claims on the Ahmedabad bombers. Along with Guru al Hindi he has signed the mails just before the Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts. The email sent before the Uttar Pradesh serial blasts does not contain any signatures.

 

Al Arbi puts a lot of effort to hide his real self to anyone around him, but at the same time he is fairly literate and likes to read a lot. This youngster is short-tempered but covers up his anger in front of others. A completely emotionally unstable person and, if he continues to be so, the chances are he might just vanish or come out in the open if ignored, says the analyst. Therefore, the best way to catch him is to show that no one is trailing him, the graphologist, who has an enviable record in assisting crime investigation, suggests.

 

Chances are that al Arbi, a loner by nature, is the only child in his family or the youngest with some elders putting a lot of peer pressure on him. He comes under mental stress easily and yet loves that stage all the time as well.

 

In an interesting twist to the investigations, the graphologist suggests that this young member of the terror group is working and writes a lot and takes down notes regularly. The person could also be into painting, graphic designing or website designing.

 

From the emails it is clear that the writers have extensive knowledge of the Indian media scene, and they invariably carry detailed analysis of some newspapers and events in their mails. The sentence construction, the selection of email IDs of news organisations and other factors too point towards the possible media background of some of those involved in writing these mails and bombings. The graphologist does not deny this possibility in his analysis.

The graphologist suggests that al Arbi is dangerously getting into the habit of breaking rules. Probably he is not even a proper follower of Islam, or not even a Muslim in the first place itself.

 

On the emails, the graphologist said, there is a definite involvement of at least three different people in these documents signed. And there still could be more because the emotions and the tactics to scare and threaten drastically change, which dont match with the characters of the persons signing them.

 

aditya_k@dnaindia.net

The Neocons’ Palin Project by Patrick J. Buchanan

September 17, 2008

 

The Neocons’ Palin Project
by  Patrick J. Buchanan 
09/16/2008

Will the neocons who tutored George W. Bush in the ideology he pursued to the ruin of his presidency do the same for Sarah Palin?
Should they succeed, they will destroy her. Yet, they are moving even now to capture this princess of the right and hope of the party.
In St. Paul, Palin was told to cancel a meeting with Phyllis Schlafly and pro-life conservatives. McCain’s operatives said Palin had to rest for her Wednesday convention speech.
Yet, on Tuesday, Palin was behind closed doors with Joe Lieberman and officials of the Israeli lobby AIPAC. There, according to The Washington Post, Palin took and passed her oral exams.
“Palin assured the group of her strong support for Israel, of her desire to see the United States move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and of her opposition to Iran’s aspirations to become a nuclear power, according to sources familiar with the meeting.”
AIPAC’s mission, like that of Likud, is to goad America into launching air and missile strikes on any and all Iranian nuclear facilities.
AIPAC went away happy. Purred spokesman Josh Block, “We were pleased that Gov. Palin expressed her deep personal commitment to the safety and well-being of Israel.”
Heading home to Alaska to prepare for her interview with Charlie Gibson, Palin was escorted by Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s foreign policy guru and, until March, a hired agent of the Tbilisi regime.
Scheunemann’s lobbying assignment: Bring Georgia into NATO, so U.S. troops, like 19-year-old Track Palin, will be required to fight Russia to defend a Saakashvili regime that has paid Randy and his partner $730,000.
Reportedly, a phone conversation was held between Saakashvili and Palin, in which Palin committed herself to the territorial integrity of Georgia, though South Ossetia and Abkhazia have declared independence and been recognized by Moscow, which now has troops in both.
Also on Palin’s plane was Steve Biegun, formerly of Bush’s National Security Council, and Scheunemann’s choice to tutor her. Of Biegun, Steven Clemens of the New American Foundation says, “He will turn her into an advocate of Cheneyism and Cheney’s view of national security issues.”
During her interview with Gibson, Palin often took a neocon line. Three times she said that, should Israel decide to attack Iran, the United States should not “second guess” Israel’s decision or interfere.
This contradicts U.S. policy. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs, has warned Israel not to attack Iran, as the United States does not want a “third front.” And the Pentagon is withholding crucial weapons the Israelis want and need to carry out any such attack.
Palin also volunteered that the Russian invasion was “unprovoked,” though Georgia attacked South Ossetia first. She followed up by saying that Georgia and Ukraine should be brought into NATO.
Would that mean America would have to go to war with Russia on behalf of Georgia in any new conflict, asked Gibson.
“Perhaps so,” said Palin.
Scheunemann should get a fat severance check from Saakashvili for that one.
One ex-White House aide at American Enterprise Institute, asked by Tim Shipman of the Daily Telegraph if AEI sees Palin as a “project,” replied: “Your word, not mine. … But I wouldn’t disagree with the sentiment. … She’s bright, and she’s a blank page. She’s going places, and it’s worth going there with her.”
In fairness to Palin, on issues like NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia, her answers reflect the views of the man who chose her. She has no option at present but to follow the line laid down by Scheunemann.
But make no mistake. Sarah Palin is no neocon. She did not come by her beliefs by studying Leo Strauss. She is a traditionalist whose values are those of family, faith, community and country, not some utopian ideology.
Wasilla, Alaska, is not a natural habitat of neoconservatives.
And her unrehearsed answers to Gibson’s questions reveal her natural conservatism. Asked if she agrees with the Bush Doctrine, Palin asked for clarification. “In what respect, Charlie?”
Gibson: “Do we have the right of an anticipatory self-defense?”
Yes, said Palin, “if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against (the) American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.”
Exactly. The intelligence must be legit and the threat “imminent.”
Interviewed by Alaska Business Monthly in March 2007 on the surge, Palin said, “I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place.”
That is not the language of empire or “benevolent global hegemony.”
Palin may disappoint many conservatives in the next seven weeks by having to parrot the McCain-neocon line on NATO expansion, NAFTA and a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens. But the battle for Sarah’s soul is not over.
For, again, the lady is no neocon. Nor is the husband Todd, First Dude of Alaska and former member of the “Alaska First” Independence Party.
Mr. Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, “The Death of the West,”, “The Great Betrayal,” “A Republic, Not an Empire”and “Where the Right Went Wrong.” 

Comments posted on The New York Times article: Wall Street Casualities

September 16, 2008

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 

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September 16th, 2008 8:45 pm

 

The people pay, one way or other. Though it appeared outrageous that public funds in the US, (should be squandered)  to rescue private corporate from going under, the downside of leaving them to their devices, is worse and people will pay both ways. President Bush had wasted billions ‘saving’ Iraq. He should not have shirked in saving some of the most influential financial institutions that in the longer term, would avert a traumatic recessionary cycle and save millions of people not only in the US, but all over in this interconnected world. Bush has got bad advice and he lost his nerve in his last days. A true leader would have stood his ground. He is no Roosevelt or Reagan. There is still time for him to move fast and save the world economy.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA – By Shabnam Hashmi & Ram Puniyani

September 16, 2008

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

 

September 15, 2008

New Delhi

 

Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh,

 

The blasts in Delhi (September 12, 2008) are another in the series of tragic blasts in which scores of people have been killed. We strongly condemn the blasts and demand a proper, unbiased investigation into the same. We demand that the guilty be punished. At the same time it seems that our investigating agencies are ignoring some thing very crucial in the matters of investigating the acts of terror.

 

The acts of terror have been occurring and Home Ministry is watching helplessly. While the current investigation is totally focused around SIMI, many an alleged culprits have been put behind the bars, despite which now some unknown entity Indian Mujahideen seems to have been projected as being responsible for the current ones. At the same time another stark truth is being deliberately sidelined and undermined. And that relates to the blasts done by Bajrang Dal and Hindu Jagran Samiti. We fail to understand as to why the investigation authorities are turning a blind eye to some of the well established facts.

 

1. In a serious case of blasts in Nanded in April 2006 two Bajarang Dal workers died when making bombs. Similar incidents of bomb blasts were witnessed in many places around that time, Parabhani, Jalna and Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Most of these were in front of the mosques. The Nanded investigation ‘leads’ were not followed. On the contrary the investigation in that direction was not pursued at all. The attitude of police in this investigation has been totally lax. Social activists made the complaint about this to Human Rights commission. The commission summoned the Superintendent of police, Nanded, in its hearing held on 17thJune. The SP failed to turn up for hearing! There seems to be a deliberate cover up of this important finding of Maharashtra Anti terrorist Squad. ATS did investigate the links of the dead with Bajrang Dal, an RSS affiliate. At the same time the injured were visited in the hospital by the top brass of local BJP and associates. Local BJP MP told the police not to harass those related to the culprits in the wake of the Bajrang Dal involvement in the bomb making. In Nanded, ATS also found fake moustache and pajama kurta, the idea being that the culprits will dress like a Muslim while doing these black deeds.

 

2. A bomb blast took place at the RSS office at Tenkasi, in the Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu on January 24. After a thorough investigation, the Tamilnadu Police had arrested 7 persons belonging to Sangh Parivar outfits. They had confessed that they indulged in this terror act to instigate the local Hindu population against the Muslims.

 

On further investigation, the Tamilnadu Police arrested Siva Alias Sivanandam, who is the General Secretary of Hindu Munnani at Kadayanallur, a neighbouring town of Tenkasi. Formed in 1980, Hindu Munnani is a frontal organisation of Sangh Parivar operating in Tamilnadu.

 

Siva, who has earlier worked in quarries in the neighboring state of Kerala had supplied the ammonium nitrate and other raw materials for preparing the bombs.

 

3. The bombs which exploded in Gadkari Rangayatan on 4th June 2008 injured seven people. Again Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad succeeded in nabbing the culprits. The culprits were part of Hindu Janjagaran Samiti (HJS), an outfit of Sanatana Ashram in Panvel. These culprits were also involved in other blasts, in Vashi, Panvel and Ratnagiri. We have not heard anything about the further tracing of this very important lead.

 

4. On 24th August, in Kanpur two Bajrang Dal workers died while making bombs. Rajiv alias Piyush Mishra and Bhupinder Singh were killed while making crude bombs on Sunday afternoon.

 

On 25th August, Monday, police recovered some crude hand grenades, lead oxide, red lead, potassium nitrate, bomb pins, timers and batteries from the spot, inside a hostel in Kalyanpur area of Kanpur, about 80 km from Lucknow. No further investigation, why?

 

Every time there is a bomb blast immediately the agencies and the media declare that it is done by some Muslim organization without any proof. Hundreds of innocent young boys are picked up, what follows are illegal detentions, torture, arrests, harassment of families, forcing the families and victims to sign blank papers. For years these helpless victims are tortured in jails, denied legal aid, even lawyers who try and fight their cases are attacked openly in courts. Their images tarnished for life time. If they are lucky they get let off after years as neither the agencies or the police have any proof against them. The cacophony of stricter laws rises so that a police can extract a confession by third degree torture and present that as evidence.  Through this systematic vilification campaign the process of demonization of minorities continued unabated.

 

If we look at the timing of the terror attacks it is very clear that one and only one political outfit is gaining from it and that is Sangh. With their eyes on the central government their agenda of polarizing the voter is going ahead successfully.

 

On the other hand there are constant attacks on minorities on one pretext or another. Orissa thousands of Christians have been attacked, rendered homeless, their homes ransacked and looted and burnt down, churches attacked and even orphanages are not left alone.

 

Karnataka a similar picture is emerging. We have personally briefed very senior people in the government and the Congress party about the Karnataka situation and that it might explode but nothing was done and we have seen what has happened yesterday.

 

While we write to you now, the police are firing at Muslims in Yakutpura in Vadodara. Yesterday during the Ganpati procession a local dargah was broken down and shops of Muslims looted and ransacked. Already one boy has died and many are injured.

Last few days the only Muslim village Nandepeda in the Dangs, Gujarat has been attacked, ransacked. Villagers have been beaten up brutally including women and children. All men have fled to the jungles. The police not only took away all the goods but before going they poured kerosene into the eatable good so that they could not eat anything too. A proposed VHP rally today was stopped after spending 4 hours on the phone and pressuring various police departments. 

 

UPA had formed the National Integration Council under tremendous pressure. The first agenda papers which were prepared, if you remember, were highly communal and objectionable. A number of us had raised it during the meeting and the Home Minister had replied’ treat them as scrap’ in your presence. Probably the Home Minister realized that people like us were too uncomfortable to have in the NIC, who would raise these questions. The NIC was never convened again. It was supposed to meet every six months.

 

The country unfortunately has been given on a platter to the Sangh and the government looks helplessly in providing security to ordinary citizens whether they are victims of terror attacks or victims of the constant attacks by the Sangh Parivar’s various outfits.

 

We hope you will intervene and question why are such clear cases of involvement of RSS affiliates in terror attacks being ignored. It seems the investigating authorities deliberately want to cover up the role of RSS affiliates in these acts of terror. Can the real truth behind the dastardly acts come out without properly investigating these incidents, where the culprits’ involvement is very clear? We urge upon you to instruct the investigating authorities to pursue the investigation in an unbiased, honest and professional manner. The life of innocent citizens is at stake and such irresponsible cover will definitely prevent the real truth from coming out. For the sake of fairness, honesty and the values of our constitution, we need to pursue these cases in their logical direction.

 

Can we look forward to you, Mr. Prime Minister to make your Government to rise above partisan attitude and unravel the truth behind the blasts which are rocking the country in a painful way?

 

Sincerely

 

 

Shabnam Hashmi, Member, National Integration Council

Ram Puniyani, Social Activist, and writer

It is the old egg and chicken dilemma – RE: Jerusalem Post report – ‘India seeks IDF help in Kashmir conflict’

September 15, 2008

 

Monday, September 15, 2008

 

It is the old egg and chicken dilemma

 

 

RE: Jerusalem Post report – ‘India seeks IDF help in Kashmir conflict’

 

 

Whether India opted for Israel Defense Force connections first or the turmoil in Kashmir was organised to give a reason / cover for the Israelis to step in.

 

Indian government is getting some international exposure as to how the US and Israel manage conflicts. Will Indian people go for the genocidal carnage of its civilian population on foreign agenda?  How can a democratic nation allow a foreign army to attack its territory in the name of war on terror? How does India now differ from Pakistan, which has seen its territory bombed from across the border — on the pretext of war on terror? Is this ‘war on terror’ – a convenient red-herring to invade other countries, with or without the nation’s government’s knowledge / permission?

 

At another plane, It is quite possible that having lost Georgia as staging ground to attack Iran, US/Israel are planning to use Indian territory to attack it neighbouring country.

 

Indian people should be alert to such international conspiracies that will make their lives hell.

 

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

 

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India seeks IDF help in Kashmir conflict

 

Sep. 14, 2008

 

Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST

 

OC Ground Forces Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi paid an unscheduled visit to the disputed state of Kashmir last week to get an up-close look at the challenges the Indian military faces in its fight against Islamic insurgents.

 

Mizrahi was in India for three days of meetings with the country’s military brass and to discuss a plan the IDF is drafting for Israeli commandos to train Indian counter-terror forces.

 

Under the proposed agreement, the IDF would send highly-trained commandos to train Indian soldiers in counter terror tactics, urban warfare and fighting in guerrilla settings.

 

Mizrahi’s visit to Kashmir was reportedly kept secret at the time since India feared it could spark violence in the disputed state; it was subsequently reported widely in the Indian and Pakistani press.

 

Media reports said Mizrahi spent several hours at the Akhnoor Military Base in Kashmir where he gave a lecture to senior officers on counterterror operations.

 

India is the largest importer of arms from Israel and since 2002 has bought more than $5 billion worth of equipment.

 

While Mizrahi’s visit did not spark violence it did upset Kashmir nationalists. The Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has recommended that Israelis refrain from visiting Kashmir.

 

Farooq Ahmad Dar, a senior leader of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, told an Indian Qeb site the visit was “part of plan under which India intends to suppress the ongoing intifada movement in Kashmir by dint of power, and change Kashmir’s demography.”

 

On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslims participated in pro-independence rallies across Indian Kashmir, leading to scattered clashes with government forces that left at least two protesters dead and dozens wounded.

 

Separatist leaders have warned Indian authorities that the situation could spiral out of control if they “use force to break peaceful protests.”

 

More than two months of angry protests, some of the biggest anti-India demonstrations in two decades, have left at least 43 people dead in Indian-controlled Kashmir, most of them killed when soldiers opened fire on Muslim protesters.

 

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, where most people favor independence from mainly Hindu India, or a merger with Pakistan.

 

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, when the two countries fought their first war over the region in the aftermath of Britain’s partition of the subcontinent. Both countries continue to claim all of Kashmir.

 

Separatist movements in Indian-controlled Kashmir remained peaceful until 1989, when Islamic insurgents took up arms.

 

An estimated 68,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

 

AP contributed to this report.

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT ON DELHI BOMB BLASTS

September 15, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

 

Press Statement

 

In successive meetings held in New York, Dubai, Washington, Chicago, and Houston in the US—Dubai in UAE—and Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengalaru, Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Patna, Bhopal, Indore, Tonk, Raipur, Dibrugarh, New Delhi and Ranchi in India—by organizations such as Hindu Sanatan Dharma Parishad, Tehrik-e-Hind and the `Committee for revival of the ethos of 1857′ (CR-1857)—Indians from all walks of life—students, political activists, doctors, engineers and artistes and academicians—condemned the recent bomb blasts in Delhi. At least five bombs exploded in quick succession in crowded markets and streets in the heart of India‘s capital New Delhi on Saturday, killing more than 18 people and injuring scores more; these killings of innocent people follow closely the havoc wreaked by recent Ahmedabad and Bangalore blasts.

 

The members of these organizations appealed for national unity and peace and urged for a speedy investigation which can bring the culprits of the Delhi Blasts to book. The said members, however, questioned the neutrality of the Security forces in using the name of Indian Mujahideen and SIMI, as the `appointed’, culprits, to victimize the Muslims in India. The said members accused Indian authorities of not probing and investigating the Bajrang Dal-RSS-VHP or the Ken Haywood angle in the Delhi blasts.

 

          Speaking from the USA, Mr. Amaresh Misra, General Secretary of Hindu Sanatan Dharma Parishad, said that Mr. Haywood from whose IP address the `Indian Mujahideen’ terror e-mail was sent before the Ahmedabad blasts, left the country from IGI Airport in August, without informing the police and the ATS, in a Jet Airways flight. Mr. Misra added that Haywood came back to India on 10th September 2008—just two days before the Delhi blasts! The ATS seems to have given him a clean chit!

 

          Mr. Misra said that ignoring Ken Haywood and Bajrang Dal type forces and targeting Muslims is against the religious ethos of Sanatan Dharma. Mr. Misra informed the Press that Swami Swarupanand, the Shankaracharya of Badrinath and Dwarika, has explicitly asked the Central Government to desist from harassing ordinary Muslims, and investigate the RSS-Bajrang Dal and the Ken Haywood angle.

 

Mr. Misra also said that there seems to be a nexus between right-wing forces in America and India. Mr. Misra pointed towards the timing of the Delhi blasts—he said that apart from the fact that Ken Haywood arrived in India two days before the blasts, Indian general elections are around the corner—the BJP, the front electoral organization of RSS-Bajrang Dal-VHP combine, has been pushed to the third place—the fight at present is between two more or less secular fronts—the Congress led UPA and the Mayawati-Left Front. Mr. Misra said that this seemed to have riled the BJP—the BJP’s hand was suspected in the Ahmedabad Blasts as well and its role in facilitating Delhi blasts to garner Hindu votes and divide the polity cannot be ignored. Mr. Misra urged all true Sanatani Hindus to stand firm against any anti-Muslim propaganda as the RSS-Bajrang Dal-VHP combine and the BJP are keen to divide India—they are organizing blasts and putting the blame on Muslims so that Indian Muslims—who have so far not been associated with International Terrorism—are also dragged into the International image of the `Muslim Terrorist’.

 

Mr. Misra said that all true Hindus ought to see this as a conspiracy against the very idea of India as a diverse, secular nation—Mr. Misra said that if things continue like this, all patriotic Hindus and Muslims of India will get-together and hit the streets to start a non-cooperation movement against Fascist Terror, Muslim Persecution and anti-national conspiracies.

           

Speaking in New York Mr. Shahid Ali Khan, the Vice-President of Tehrik-e-Hind said that his organization is committed to Hindu-Muslim unity and the Ganga-Yamuni Tehzeeb of India; Mr. Shahid further added every terrorist found guilty ought to be hanged; but this can be done only if the security agencies stop harassing innocent Muslims and stop stereotyping an entire community for something in which people like Ken Haywood and Bajrang Dal—whose members were found making bombs in Nanded in Maharashtra and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh—are equal suspects.

 

Mr. Shahid also explicitly condemned the arrest of Mr. Abdur Rashid Agwan, a prominent social activist and founder of Universal Knowledge Trust in Rajasthan—Mr. Shahid said that this was an attack not just on a Muslim but a patriotic citizen of India—the police has no evidence against Mr. Agwan—the communal forces in the Indian security forces want now to scare prominent Muslim social activists from performing any relief work for their community and Indians as a whole.

 

Mr. Shahid also condemned the coming to India of an Israeli General to Kashmir on the invitation of the Government of India. Mr. Shahid said that such moves are meant to extend to India the inhuman policies of the Government of Israel which is recognized the world over as the number 1 terrorist State.

            

Speaking from Dubai, Mr. Arif Durrani—President of CR-1857—said that his organization makes sure that Hindus and Muslims of the Indian sub-continent remain united in face of threats from foreign powers like the USA and Israel. Mr. Durrani said that Hindus and Muslims fought together in 1857 and they have to come together in this hour of crisis. Mr. Arif said that thousands of Hindus and Muslims living in Dubai have condemned the blasts—but they too want an impartial enquiry and an investigation into the Muslim persecution and the possible role of RSS-BJP-VHP combine in the blasts.

 

Mr. Shahid Askari, the UP convener of Tehrik-e-Hind, Mr. Khalid, the co-convener of Tehrik-e-Hind. Mr. Uttam Sharma, the President of Hindu Sanatan Dharma Parishad, Mr. Lal Mohan Tyagi, Mr. RP Tripathi, Mr. Shashi Yadav, Mr. PP Solanki, Mr. DS Ram, Mr. Atul Gupta, Mr. KK Srivastava, Mr. Bhairon Singh Ahilwal  and countless leaders and members of the Hindu Sanatan Dharma Parishad also demanded a probe in the Ken Haywood and the RSS-VHP-Bajrang Dal-BJP angle in the Delhi bomb blasts. 

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