ANGER & ANGUISH
As the days pass, the Indian public finds out that the so-called “Security Apparatus” was purely a cosmetic pretense that crumbled under the slightest pressure. The people are understandably enraged because of how disconnected the political establishment is from the core-mission of serving the people.
The politicians only play out previously rehersed themes: i.e. Sack a few politicians ; Transfer a few civil-servants; Dole out insipid sops like “Resiliant Mumbai”, “The terrorists will never break our unity – PM” ….; Pretentious bluster “We shall give a fitting reply – Ms. Gandhi”
They want us to believe that they are working for us so that we will leave them alone until the fervor dies down. Then they can come back and ask for our votes. And you know what? We will give them our vote! And you know why? Because we are a nation of wimps!!
Democracy is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Our government is a reflection of ourselves. And this is the government we elected as a representation of ourselves. Wimpy and impotent!
I’ve seen an outpouring of public anger with slogans like “Enough is Enough”. Really is it? What *exactly* are we fed-up with? What *exactly* do we want? Speaking for myself, here’s what I want!
I want REAL PUNITIVE ACTION. I don’t want to hear about “non-state actors”. I don’t want to hear about “common-enemy”. I don’t want to hear about “peace process”. I want to hear about how and when specific terror locations were pulverized. Dawood Ibrahim is said to live in Karachi. His address is : (WHITE HOUSE, NEAR SAUDI MOSQUE, CLIFTON in KARACHI (Pakistan)). His other details are at: http://www.hotklix.com/?ref=link/157453. I would like to believe that someone in the intelligence services knows his other whereabouts. I would like all of them bombed irrespective of collateral damage.
Granted that he is likely not hanging out in his Clifton bungalow – but the message is “We’re coming after you and we will nail your ass no matter where you are”. Similarly, I want EVERY suspected training camp or madrassah in POK bombed.
I don’t want to hear about collateral damage, innocent civillians, collective punishment…. I want to see retribution – even if it is hugely expensive. Is this a bit dis-proportionate and heavy-handed? YES. Precisely!!
WHAT WILL IT ACHIEVE ?
It will tell the Pakistani establishment what we feel in *exactly* the language that they understand. When confronted with horrific crimes, the Pakistani establishment talks about how their heart goes to the victims and their families …. but NEVER do they do anything concrete. They fall back on old defenses of saying that these are “non-state actors” or that they need “specific proof” of Pakistani involvement…
WHAT PROOF DO YOU NEED MR. GILANI? PRECISELY WHAT WILL YOU ACCEPT AS PROOF MR. ZARDARI??
- The boats captured had GPS equipment with coordinates plotting the route they took from Karachi.
- The satellite phone recovered from the vessel had previously called numbers – pointing to terrorist cells in Pakistani territory.
- The terrorist CAPTURED ALIVE has confessed to being trained and equipped by the Lashkar-e-Tayeba in Pakistan along with all his compatriots. He has divulged extensive details about the operation and all of those point to activity emanating from Pakistan.
*EXACTLY* what constitutes more compelling evidence Mr. Zardari?
If you are still asking for proof then this itself is evidence that you do not intend to “cooperate” or take any meaningful action. It is not as though the Pakistani establishment does not understand what is needed – they just don’t care! They have good reason to not care. They have never seen India being sincere in her outrage and hence has every reason to believe that once again India will just talk tough and then roll over and go back to sleep. Past performance bears testimony to the accuracy of this belief.
1993 Mumbai Bombings, 1999 Kargil Adventure (we were told those were non-state actors too), 1999 Indian Airlines hijacking to Khandahar,2001 Parliament Bombing, 2006-2008 Serial bomb blasts in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi……
And now you have the carnage in the waning weeks of 2008. Why should Pakistan believe that India cannot be taken for granted again? In fact, right now somebody in the establishment is probably thinking “Why do we need an Army at all when a small contingent of 10-15 terrorists can take down the financial capital for almost a week?”
Hence my conviction that Pakistan will change its course only when we give it incentive to do so. Massive and collossal bombing of suspected terror-sites should provide that incentive. The only question is: Do we have the stomach for it? Or are we a nation of wimps? From the sound of our political leadership, it seems we are a nation of wimps!!