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Monday, May 2, 2011

After Osama, target Islamabad

02 May, 2011

Tarun Vijay

The United States of America has once again shown that it cares for certain values and has the guts not only to ensure safety and a dignified and terror-free life for its people but also to take revenge on the unrepentant wicked.

It has finally smoked out that rogue hiding in some tiny hole in Pakistan and had him sent to the houris waiting anxiously for him up there in the jihadi hell.

I am for Obama's continuance. May his second term, which is as guaranteed as the dead Osama, prove better for humanity ensuring pluralism, flowering of many faiths and beliefs like fragrances of a million flowers for the good of all, and increase in the happiness index of everyone pursuing noble causes on this planet. These are some of those American values we share. They are intrinsically Indian values too. These are the values that we hoped our leaders, the rulers, will also show, but alas they have ended up protecting the bad and dining with the stone pelters, sending peace missions to the shielder of traitors and terrorists rather than smoking them out.

India being the worst victim of Osama's terror groups, it should have been up to Indian intelligence agencies and operatives to find out Osama's hideout and have him killed. But given the present political dispensation, I am sure even if our men had found him out, the sultans of Delhi would have had him presented as a special guest to get some more votes in the comimg elections.

Osama never represented courage or valour. He was a coward who worked underground, collected a horde of lunatics, instilled in them intense hatred for their adpoted lands and the people who in fact had trusted them, and given them shelter and opportunities to grow and be happy. He could never organize Islamic countries to come together and attack his sworn enemy, the USA, or convince the faithful army commanders and mullahs in Islamabad not to live on the dollar doles of a kafir Washington. Neither could he instill a sense of Islamic brotherhood and solidarity among the various Islamic countries always fighting with one another and still wanting to have good ties (read more dollars) with the USA. You can keep them counting — from the house of Sauds to the generals in Islamabad, the real rulers of Pakistan. Not a single islamic country has been able to show the guts to stand up against the US in a befitting and collective nmanner for what they term the US assault on Islam or on a brother Islamic country. Osama could also never inspire any Islamic society to boycott American goods, or not to travel to America for joy, business or studies. All he could do was to sell hatred and make young Muslims die for a cause none has ever been clear about.

In turn Islam and Ummah got the worst image. They became synonymous with terror, bloodletting and mayhem, worse being unfaithful to the land one has been born in. Osama produced traitors in every society, who would not pursue studies and write poetry at a young age but become stone pelters and tricolour burners like the ones we see in the valley. We will have to watch now how many Islamic institutions and organisations mourn Osama or heave a sigh of relief.

Ironically, it's not the land of Shivaji and Guru Gobind Singh that is taking on the violators of human values and the savages who kill innocent citizens through deceit and cunning maneoverings but the capitalist nation which many of us describe with disdain as a market economy and money-oriented society with broken families and degenerate values.

Now, does India have a role to play in this situation? We are the worst victims of Osama's hate attacks and it is the right moment to work immediately help turn world attention on the bloody terror games Islamabad plays. It has become the virtual headquarters of al-Qaida and a threat to world peace and societal harmony. The western world must be made to realize that its pro-Pakistan policy and the belief that a pet Islamabad would help its war on terror is self-defeating. The more the US grants dollars to Pakistan ($18bn so far in eight years from 2001 to 2010), the more teeth it provides to terrorism and uncivilized Taliban. American dollars are the one major reason to create a self-obsessed India hater and “soft on terror society” in Pakistan, which rules the masses a la Saddam Hussain and nurses a vested interest to keep common people away from literacy, democracy and entrepreneurship. The feudalism and old hierarchical attitude, once a gift of the colonial British rulers, is now fed by American dollar grants creating societal imbalances and providing a space to Mullahs and the Taliban to have their say among the gullible people.

And remember Islamabad is a nuclear power. We must launch an immediate international campaign about Islamabad having nukes that can well be used not only against us but also against Europe and the US by mad head jihadis. The ruling clique in Islamabad sustains on army, America and an intense hatred for India.

First, it was Chinese grants and military help. Now, PLA soldiers are present in Gilgit and Muzaffarabad. It must be a matter of anxiety not only to us but also to the US. The only factor that guarantees
peace and regional balance is a close and sincere cooperation between India and the US, and certainly not placating Islamabad's insatiable dollar hunger.

America must be made to see the necessity to demilitarize governance in Pakistan and recognize an Indian role in detoxifying Pakistani society of hate elements through cleansing it of extreme religious bigots. Introducing grassroots democracy and encouraging a secular education system should be other priorities. The venomous ISI is another arm of al-Qaida. It must be dehydrated to die and replaced by a fresh agency which is not for planting bombs and training terrorists.

This certainly is a time of reflection, celebration and adopting an aggressive approach to destroying terrorist modules and their sheltered agents on our soil. Osama’s death is a major blow to the sympathizers and supporters of his ilk, like SIMI and many others hiding behind various masks. Indian political parties must come together to fight a national battle against terror to make our land free of such treacherous elements, forgetting vote bank considerations.

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