Thursday, December 04, 2008
clipped from: www.antiwar.com
"A RATIONALE FOR WAR IS BEING CONSTRUCTED WITH A STUNNING SWIFTNESS"
the U.S. is about to switch battlefields
from the Middle East to South Asia
the Pakistani-Indian rivalry, is a true war of civilizations, pitting Muslims against Hindus.
In the case of Mumbai, however, the warnings were quite specific: the Indians were apparently informed that an attack from water-based terrorists on Mumbai hotels – including the Taj Hotel, the Indian police simply ran for cover,
reaction of the War Party is to point the finger at Pakistan
A rationale for war is being constructed with stunning swiftness.
According to the Indian account, the terrorists left behind a satellite phone placed calls, at least three of them associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Muslim fundamentalist group that seeks to "liberate" Kashmir from Indian rule. "India also has told Pakistan that the attacks were approved by Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the head of Jamaat ud Dawa, the parent organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Mr. Saeed denied the allegation
Lashkar-e-Taiba is said to be affiliated, in some vague way, with "rogue" elements of Pakistani intelligence, which is, in turn, connected to the Taliban, the protector and ally of al-Qaeda. The War Party has its terrorist genealogy down to an exact science,
this alleged "parent organization" of Lashkar-e-Taiba – which apparently wasn't a terrorist organization when they were working alongside American soldiers and relief workers in aiding victims of the devastating 2005 Pakistan-India earthquake.
The neat little narratives are an important part of any campaign to spark a conflict,
The terrorists left a satellite phone next to the body of their ship's captain, whose throat they had slit, with the numbers of their handlers stored in memory Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the terror squad, had been captured, he continued to get messages from his handlers Add to this the oddly unprepared – indeed, criminally negligent – role of the Indian security apparatus,
The effect of the Mumbai massacre on Indian politics is another likely analogy to 9/11, which gave the neocons power and catapulted the worst warmongers to the very top of the national security bureaucracy. In the case of India, where voters will soon go to the polls, we are apt to see an electoral victory for the most militantly nationalistic and chauvinistic political movement in the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP is the political expression of the Hindutva movement, a fundamentalist version of traditional Hinduism that traces the genealogy of the Indian "race" back to the old Aryan incursion from the north. the leader of their central organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), must be a blue-eyed, blonde-haired Saraswat Brahmin.
The Indian government's great problem has been the country's lack of cohesion. The failure of the Congress Party to unite the nation around a secularist-federalist model and the persistence of localist separatism paved the way for the BJP to unify the country on a different basis: extreme nationalism fueled by religious fanaticism, i.e., Hindu fundamentalism.
The BJP rose to prominence on the strength of street riots initiated by party-led gangs, which led to the destruction of a local mosque. disturbances killed 1,200, mostly Muslims, a pattern of communal violence that is sure to reassert itself the Hindutva crackpots will more than likely goose-step back into power,
The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scrambling
Singh has been untangling the smothering web of his country's mammoth bureaucracy and revving up the country's economic engine, he faces increasing pressure from India's growing right-wing nationalist movement.
The pressure to cement an Indo-American alliance has been growing for quite some time
India's special relationship with Israel, for one thing, is second only to our own.
President-elect Obama's promise to escalate the war in Afghanistan and even spread it into Pakistan is congruent with the plans of India's War Party,
The argument that we must end the war in Iraq so that we can concentrate on the "real" enemy is leading to an even wider, more open-ended conflict
having exhausted their efforts in Iraq, now the West strikes from a different direction, in alliance with India.
At the geographic center of it all, you'll note, sits Iran, which can look forward to being surrounded on both sides.
Posted by Jesus Reyes at 6:39 AM