OPINION

Attack on Sri Lanka Cricketers - The New Wild Wild West

March 03, 2009
BangaloreGuy

In a rather sombre nod to the Indian Government's very correct decision not to send Indian cricketers to Pakistan, Sri Lankan cricketers faced attack from terrorists in Pakistan(link). This is no ordinary thing - Sri Lankans are no strangers to terrorism, but in the history of their nation their cricketers have never been attacked. Not even by the LTTE - another 'terrorist' organization - in the 25 years of their struggle.

The brazen attack by the terrorists, and their scooting from the place of attack without *anyone* being caught points to the inside hand as well as to the danger India faces from Pakistan.

Talk of dismembering Pakistan is seen to be as per official circles something that will destabilize India, India's growth, and increase chances of loose nukes - in the hands of terrorists, but the brazen attack symbolizes that whether the Indian, American, Pakistani or any other government wants it, Pakistan is getting dismembered. Piece by piece, between the Army that both serves cannon fodder and arms to the terrorists, and the terrorists themselves. Pakistani civil society - if there's such a thing is just a non-actor. And its mostly the terrorists who are gaining the upper hand.

If it was Swat the other day that was bartered away, then the Lahore attacks - even to a city not so much a stranger to bomb blasts (link) - indicates that the terrorists aren't done yet - and are targetting more higher profile targets everytime.

If India hasnt planned for loose nukes yet, this is the time. Prepare for the scare an attack is going to generate, prepare to take out Pakistani nukes - and for the short term up the security at major events.

Mumbai 26/11 showed up the intelligence lacunae, its great to have a 10,000 page chargesheet, but not worth much if the info on them isnt followed up. Sure, police reforms, political reforms will take time. But India's people and its leaders have to stand up now (link).

The enemy is at the gates.

BG blogs off and on, on politics, current affairs and anything else that catches his fancy. He used to take his politics rather seriously - but doesn't anymore!
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#1
Ravi Kulkarni
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March 3, 2009
08:01 AM

Dear Bangaloreguy,

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Pakistan let this cancer grew in the 80's and 90's and now they reaping the fruits. It is never a good idea to let terrorists and lawlessness grow on your land, no matter what is the cause. There is a lesson in it for us all. We should not let these groups like Rama Sene go scott free. As a society it is a suicidal course of action.

Regards,

Ravi Kulkarni

#2
BangaloreGuy
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March 3, 2009
08:22 AM

Ravi,

Its not about those who live by the sword dying by it, but its about the innocent, silent majority, if you will who lives are affected by these folks who live by the sword.

And lets not confuse terrorism with vandalism. They're both of a different scale altogether.

#3
suresh naig
March 3, 2009
08:32 AM

We all know terrorism and terrorists are cancers to the civil society and a nation. Even cancers are of different types, localized and systemic. When the cancer cells infiltrate into the system, like leukemia, it is very difficult to contain and along with the cancer cells, other healthy cells would also be destroyed.

The world as a large civil society, is defending one cancer, while condemning the other cancer. We should learn from others mistakes, as we do not have time to do all mistakes and learn. We should learn from our immediate neighbors, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and a distance neighbor Israel.

Their trial and errors should teach us enough lessons, in containing this cancer.

#4
Ravi Kulkarni
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March 3, 2009
08:50 AM

Dear Bangaloreguy,

What Ram Sene did was not an act of vandalism. It was terrorism, plain and simple, though they didn't kill. When a small group of people think they know what is good for the entire society and are bent upon enforcing their views on anyone, society must sit up and take notice.

Today they terrorized a few girls going to pub, tomorrow it will be a few women for wearing jeans (is that happening already?). Next it will be for men wearing kurta-pajama in Bangalore because it is a south Indian city. Where will this end?

We are a democracy, and in a democracy, the law of the land is sacrosanct. Not someone's concept of morality. If someone doesn't like the laws then they should work towards changing them, not by taking up arms and terrorizing people.

Regards,

Ravi

#5
BangaloreGuy
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March 3, 2009
10:03 AM

Ravi,

Lets not berate those who lost their lives and their loved ones in terror attacks by saying thuggery is the same as terror attack.
There is a huge difference between media-publicised thuggery and losing your life and limb.
And lets not equate saying that to condoning what happened in Mangalore or at a Mumbai Shopping mall.
I'm as pissed as anyone that regular law enforcement doesnt work as intended. Terrorism is at a vastly different scale. Just to give you an idea: Mumbai 26/11 attacks killed nearly 200 people. Thats 200 people who dont have any means to express their opinion.

#6
Ledzius
March 3, 2009
10:30 AM

BG, I guess you are new to the "first principle of moral equivalence" which goes -

"A slap on the wrist by a Hindu extremist is equivalent to a beheading by an Islamic extremist".

#7
Ravi Kulkarni
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March 3, 2009
10:42 AM

Dear BG,

You misunderstand me. What happened in Mumbai was a deplorable heinous act and I condemn such acts of Islamic terrorism. I am not equating that to the Mangalore incident. All I am saying is that if we tolerate the Mangalore incident, we can be sure that we will begin to see more brazen acts of violence and terrorism by the likes of Ram Sene, Bajrangdal, VHP etc.

Look, we always criticize muslims because they have such a lack of introspection. Not enough muslims come forward to criticize their own. We shouldn't fall into the same trap. That's all I am saying.

Regards,

Ravi Kulkarni

#8
BangaloreGuy
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March 3, 2009
10:50 AM

Ravi,

Point taken, agreed with. Prem Panicker's post elegantly says what I feel about it here(http://www.prempanicker.com/index.php?/site/shame/#When:16:19:00Z)

By the by, did you get my reference to the Mumbai Malls? (rather curiously, has an Indo-Pak connection)

But really, barking up the wrong post. This is as topical to moral policing as the pink underwear is to LeT/JeM/Al Qaeda

#9
Citizen
March 8, 2009
12:03 PM

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#10
Citizen
March 8, 2009
12:08 PM

Nasty indian hindian morons,

here you go!!!what are your NAZIs bluffing on, go figure!!!!!

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28641

Love,

Citizen.

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