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Headley Too Valuable to Die!
|by Dr.Rajinder Puri|
Surprisingly, Indian reaction to the light sentence given to David Coleman Headley, key conspirator in the 26/11 terror, is one of surprise and shock. It should have been expected. With the exposure and arrest of terrorists involved in Mumbai and Denmark the probe in the US is far from over. And the plea bargain negotiated by Headley to avoid the death sentence is clear indication that he could be a crucial source of information even in the years ahead.
The probe that will continue inside America will most likely be quiet and away from public glare. It will denote the fierce fight within the subverted US establishment against elements that have infiltrated its highest echelons of power and influence. This kind of power struggle has to be conducted in a manner that does not rock the ship of state. Officials, businessmen and media personnel will quietly be marginalized and removed from sensitive positions without fanfare.
Fifth column dupes can facilitate subversion without breaking laws. That is why top subversion must be dealt with delicately.
There could be a silent battle between transnational lobbies spanning governments and business interests across continents. Headley remains valuable as a source of information because he was a key player in this continuing war. According to the statement put out by the US Embassy in Delhi Headley provided US law enforcement authorities with details about the structure, personnel, methods, abilities and plans of terrorist outfits. He could well be a useful reference point even in the days to come.
Readers might recall that the significance of Headley has been speculated in these columns earlier. On 18 December 2009 it was pointed out in the column “The Headley Riddle: Rogue or Tip of an Iceberg?” :
This was followed on October 17, 2010 in the column, “Who is Headley's Godfather?” with the observation:
Of course no government dare speak up. Meanwhile the silent subversion by dupes unaware of whose script they follow continues. Its latest manifestation was provided by the recent duet sung by Home Minister SK Shinde and Hafiz Saeed. No wonder Headley continues to live. He may yet be required to validate information in the ongoing silent war.
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