Tom Lantos - Chairman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Howard L. Berman - members, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Gary L. Ackerman, Chairman and Mike Pence, Member, Subcommittee on the Middle East & South Asia, Brad Sherman, Chairman, Edward R. Royce, Member, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade and the People USA
"I saw a four-year-old boy sitting beside his mother's body, which had been decapitated by the explosion. He was talking to her, asking her what had happened " ' a Humanitarian worker in Iraq.
The number of Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad according to Reuters jumped to nearly 2,000 in May, the highest monthly toll since the so called Surge i.e. a U.S.-backed security crackdown. In the same month 127 US soldiers were also killed, the third highest monthly total.
Number of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War on Iraq - At Least 665,000 plus according to John Hopkin's Medical school report, based on July, 2006 survey , which was published by the prestigious British medical journal 'The Lancet'. The methodology used is the same as for famines, or in Darfur and other areas of conflict and violence.
Over 3500 US soldiers have been killed and fifty thousand maimed and injured. Tens of thousands of mercenaries aka illegal enemy combatants operating against Iraq have been killed and injured.
Multiply the case of orphans like above, widows and others in Iraq, the aggressed nation and others in USA and elsewhere. But US President Bush repeated the obscenely low figures of 30,000 Iraqis dead last year. No shame of disproportion!
"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic:" Joe Stalin in a comment to Churchill at Potsdam, 1945. (Russia was attacked by the Nazis)
US has spent nearly US $ 450 billion on its illegal war on Iraq, but still planning missiles defence system in Europe and going for even more lethal weapons and killing machines. Afraid of Whom ! USA already spends over $ 500 billion on defence, the same as the rest of the world put together and increasing it, financed by trade deficits. Some day the people of US must face the reckoning. Never mind, the military 'industry complex is thriving. The warlords rule USA.
As for US training Iraqis to collaborate with US forces to maintain the illegal and hated occupation, for which bases in Iraq and a fortress like Embassy in Baghdad are being built, read ;
'What are we doing here? Why are we still here?' " said Safstrom, a member of Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. "We're helping guys that are trying to kill us. We help them in the day. They turn around at night and try to kill us."
"There is no way we are going to win the war (in Iraq) and (we should) withdraw and accept defeat because we are going to lose on a more important level if we don't,' said General Sir Michael Rose, commander of the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 1994 to 1995.
" Last Wednesday, following the car bomb massacre of nearly 200 people in Baghdad, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, paid a visit to the lunatic asylum known as the White House to inform its chief inmate that "the war is lost". He referred to the "extreme violence" in Baghdad as proof that US military strategy was now bankrupt.," Prof Mike Davis in The Guardian of 21 April,2007.
"I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. My oath of office is to protect and defend America's laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today." - U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren Watada.
Lt Watada is from the top West point military academy and from a martial family. Most GI are poor Americans from poor rural regions of USA and end up as cannon fodder for the voracious ambitions of the war lords. Few, if any of their children are serving in Iraq. The US President and the Vice President did not serve in Vietnam, nor did former President Bill Clinton, who are all ever ready to beat war drums and send others' children in the harms way.
In 9th century when the fiery desert Arab warriors started outsourcing fighting to Turkish mercenaries and slaves they soon lost power and the Caliphs came to be 'protected' by now powerful Turkish Sultans, the sword wielders.
As Iraqis stand up in Basra, poodle Tony Blair stands down.
But why this graceless terrier on his usual lying spin around the world. "Britain has failed to stop southern Iraq falling into the grip of militias" wrote recently from Basra ,Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in the Guardian; "The British officers are very careful about their image, they are too scared to go into confrontation. They allowed the cancer to [take over the body]. Even if the militias burn the city tomorrow, [the British] won't go into confrontation. They know they are outnumbered and they have huge losses if they do so."
"During a recent nine-day visit, politicians, security officials and businessmen explained how the streets of the city were effectively under the control of rival militias competing to control territory, the fragile post-Saddam apparatus of state and revenue sources such as oil and weapons smuggling. As in Baghdad, gunmen speed through the streets on the back of pickups and the city is divided between militias as mutually suspicious as rival mafia families."
The militias are freedom fighters ready to die to oust the foreign occupiers. Time has come for a British Dunkirk like great escape. It would be another brilliant operation! What did the British do after that in the war. The Soviet Union sacrificed tens of millions of its people and destroyed 80% of Nazi war machine, then the Yanks came and took all the credit for the victory producing films like " The Longest Day" and "Gen Patton" (in which the British Field Marshal E. Montgomery is portrayed a clown) The GI's raped thousands of women in West Europe and had a very high desertion rate. So what is new!
Former Vice-President Al Gore in his book 'The Assault on Reason' describes the invasion of Iraq "the worst strategic mistake in the history of the United States," and accuses the Bush administration of presiding over a "moral cesspool". Gore adds that "Reason, logic and truth seem to play a sharply diminished role in the way America now makes important decisions."
The central thesis of Al Gore's book is that America has been lulled into a stupor, offering Bush the opportunity he craved to bypass or seize control of institutions and to govern through an extremist (Neo-Con) ideology.
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former chief of staff and national security adviser to the vice-president, Dick Cheney, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Iraq war, thus becoming the highest-level US official to be sentenced to jail since the Iran-Contra affair 20 years ago. He was fined $250,000 and in a judicial flourish - got slapped with $400 in court costs. He would also serve two years' probation at the end of the prison term. American public must ensure that criminals are not pardoned by the President.
The Judge, Reggie Walton, not inclined to grant bail, stated that he had to balance Libby's record of service to the country against a need to punish those who lied under oath. He added people occupying high office had a duty not to step over the line." The special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, who recommended a three-year sentence, emphasized. "We need to make the statement that the truth matters ever so much." Lying has become a second nature!
Dick Cheney described Libby as "a man of the highest intellect, judgment and personal integrity". Whom to take seriously? The defence counsel read out 100 letters of support from mostly Neo-Cons including Paul Wolfowitz, who was ousted for trying to furnish his love nest with World Bank funds.
Libby was not responsible for leaking Ms Valerie Plame's identity as CIA covert agent but almost the whole administration appeared involved in doing that. The sentence related to the perjury and obstruction of justice and the cover-up. Joseph Wilson, Ms Plame's husband, a former US ambassador, went to Niger and found that US claims that Iraq had been seeking uranium to build a nuclear bomb were false. His 2003 New York Times article angered the White House, which had used the false claim as an alibi to invade Iraq.
Wolfowitz had scoffed at Gen Eric L Shinseki assessment before the invasion that couple of hundred thousand of US troops would be required to pacify Iraq. A smaller number was used. The General was also wrong .Not even half a million would have stopped the Iraqi freedom fighters, as in Algeria after the second world war or in Turkey after the first. Algeria lost one million in a population of eleven million.
Wolfowitz crowed after the Fall of Baghdad that the causes belli cited for the invasion were just excuse. USA wanted Iraq oil (for free) and control the regions' rich energy resources extending up to and including the Caspian basin under the bogus pretext of war on terror. All claims as alibi for invasion were proved false.
"I would rather have free a press and no government, than a government and no free press." -- Thomas Jefferson ,
"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself."- Joseph Pulitzer
What about the lies manufactured for consent of the gullible herd like US masses and cheer leading by the so called media in USA, where five mega-corporations control 90% of the media. If the Germans were condemned for the policies and atrocities by the Nazis then the US people and the media are now equally guilty of being accessories to the illegal war and other crimes in Iraq and elsewhere.
Then there was that despicable lynching of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by a Baghdad mob, sentenced by a Kangaroo Court set up by and under US authority and occupation. The Iraqi President till the last moment was under US custody and care.
Iraq has no sovereignty; Listen
"It was by force that the sons of Osman seized the sovereignty and Sultanate of the Turkish nation; they have maintained this usurpation for six centuries. Now, the Turkish nation has rebelled and has put a stop to these usurpers and has effectively taken sovereignty and Sultanate in its own hands."
Thus declared Kemal Ataturk to the Grand National Assembly in Ankara in 1923.
The Guardian noted last week that the White House officials scrambled to demonstrate unified support behind its policy towards Iran. Their task was made difficult as the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, issued warnings about the "new crazies" in the administration who were pressing for military action. "I have no brief other than to make sure we don't go into another war or that we go crazy into killing each other," he told the BBC. "You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say 'let's go and bomb Iran'."
Last week Amnesty International again criticized USA for its policy of "extraordinary rendition" and treatment of detainees, particularly at Guant'namo Bay. "The US administration's double-speak has been breathtakingly shameless," Irene Khan, the secretary general, wrote. The "dark underbelly of globalization" - discrimination and exploitation of migrant workers and a growing economic divide - was a concern, particularly in Africa and China.
Titled "CIA ran secret prisons for detainees in Europe, says inquiry", The Guardian reported on 8 June that "despite denials by their governments, senior Polish and Romanian security officials confirmed to the Council of Europe that their countries were used to hold some of America's most important prisoners captured after 9/11 in secret." The 19-month inquiry by the council of Europe , that promotes human rights across Europe, was headed by Dick Marty, a Swiss senator and former state prosecutor. He said: "What was previously just a set of allegations is now proven: large numbers of people have been abducted from various locations across the world and transferred to countries where they have been persecuted and where it is known that torture is common practice."
"But it was impossible to save the Great Republic. She was rotten to the heart. Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes who had applauded the crushing of other people's liberties, lived to suffer for their mistake in their own persons. The government was irrevocably in the hands of the prodigiously rich and their hangers-on; the suffrage was become a mere machine, which they used as they chose. There was no principle but commercialism, no patriotism but of the pocket : " Mark Twain .Here the famous US humorist was deadly serious. Prophetic words.
" Throughout history, Iran has radiated through Persian language and culture its influence over all its neighboring countries. In Iran, therefore, we deal with not just a political entity but also a cultural force that takes great pride in its civilisational achievements. I think it is worth reiterating this to ourselves when we deal with that country on difficult issues such as security, non-proliferation, etc. In our view, Iran must be engaged purposefully and candidly - not by demonizing its social and cultural mores but by recognizing their internal dynamic even while we may not accept them for ourselves. For those of us who inhabit the same region as Iran and are aware of the richness of its history and culture, and the pride they take in their civilization, it is axiomatic that threats against or denigration of the country will not work. "
"Iran has to mindful of its international obligations, but progress on the issues that concern us will not be possible by the use or the threat of use of force or sanctions. It is only engagement which will enable us to see that Iran views following its international obligations as being in its pragmatic self interest. It is a country of tremendous natural and human resources and the development of these resources will make Iran a factor for regional security. The threat or the implied threat of use of military or economic force will not." Pranab Mukherji , India's External Affairs Minister's at the ASEM Meeting in Hamburg on 28 May, 2007
US reaction to 911 was that of an old bull suddenly castrated ,enraged it goes mad on a rampage of destruction treating Afghans and Iraqis and all comers like US treated Red Indians i.e. genocide.
The Western attitude is inherently racist and inhuman. It is again re-emerging after having reached its climax as Nazism and extermination of the Jews, gypsies and others and the Holocaust. Were the Jews blameless! How would their treatment of Palestinians now be described i.e. like apartheid or like they were subjected to as being considered racially inferior. Jews should look themselves in the mirror everyday before talking of the Holocaust.
Just look at the contrast between Western Christian treatment of human beings as slaves with that of the Arabs and Muslims, where slaves were treated as members of the family, many accepted formally with some even becoming rulers and Sultans.
Bush said before the current G-8 Summit in Germany, "The cold war is over, it ended. Russia is not the enemy," He added, "My message will be: you shouldn't fear a missile defence system. As a matter of fact, why don't you cooperate with us on a missile defence system". The world is not made up of dimwits who can be misled as the US population. But even they trashed his Republican party in the last November elections but there is little policy change. USA is ruled by corporate interests and energy cartels. Even the elections, after 2004 judicial fraud, are meaningless now.
Bush's nauseating prattle about liberty, freedom (for Russians) and independence is just load of rubbish. How USA established democracies in pre-Castro Cuba, Philippines, Iran in 1950s or helped Gen Yahya Khan's democracy in Bangladesh, and all over Latin America? Have some fear of God's wrath for such blatant lies. Seventy percent Russians support Putin and his policies where as Bush has support of just 30%. This is the talk of a man under the control of an irrational man with high blood pressure, trying to divert attention from the Iraq Quagmire, with little purchase now from off and on threats of bombing Iran, which if carried out will be catastrophic for western interests. It is the US economy, stupid. Bush must attend to that too now.
US had also talked about cooperation between Russia and NATO in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse. But NATO then extended the north Atlantic Ocean to inside Russia's near abroad, entered into South Asia i.e. Pak occupied Kashmir following the earthquake. NATO sailors, invited by the US puppet President Victor Yushchenko of Ukraine, even went to Crimean for military exercises but were shoed away by the Parliament and a very hostile population which is predominantly Russian.
"I saw a four-year-old boy sitting beside his mother's body, which had been decapitated by the explosion. He was talking to her, asking her what had happened" - a Humanitarian worker in Iraq.
Look at your hands dripping with blood of more than a million Iraqis including earlier under US-UK enforced sanctions against Iraq from 1991, which flows down every day .The above is one example of man made human tragedy. If he were an American child, a Christian Child, a Western child ,how would you react. It can be seen on all western TV channels when it concerns the death of a US soldier or a western hostage. This is pure and simple racism. Who are the barbarians ,from the days of Alexander the small town homosexual and his Macedonian hordes. Those barbarians were civilized by the Persians but after Darwin and des Cartes West has reverted back to animalism and barbarianism.
Excellencies, you are very much responsible and accomplishes in the unholy mess in Iraq, death and devastation brought on the hapless people of Iraq and the quagmire in which USA has got itself into.
The First Cause and the Original Sin
Let me remind you Excellencies that on 10 October, 2002 the US House by a vote of 296-133, and the Senate on 11 October, 2002 by a vote of 77-23, authorized 'Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 '(Public Law 107-243, 116 Stat. 1497-1502), sought by US President George Bush, which came to be known as "Iraq War Resolution". It was signed into law by the President on 16 October, 2002. The military invasion in March, 2003 was codenamed 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'.
Did the Congress did a due diligence study before authorizing the invasion of Iraq against UN Charter as pronounced by Kofi Annan and against the will of the international community.
Did not Hamilton of Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group (IDG) chide you that you did not do your work properly, then or later.
It took the US Congress 3 years, after the invasion to establish on March 15, 2006, a bipartisan Commission, ISG to salvage something from the bloody Iraqi quagmire. There is now a full fledged civil war with Iraq slipping towards breakup, under US led occupation.
But most of its eminent recommendations have been set aside if not forgotten. Are you showing due diligence now. Eyes are on the next election. Presidential contenders are auctioning themselves to the highest corporate bidders and on being elected would follow the dictates of their masters. Where are the interests of the American people?
The US used the 'Shock and Awe' tactics of destruction in 2003 March in Iraq to try out its latest weapons of destruction including with millennia lasting ill effects of depleted Uranium bombs you employ merrily, against a hapless people already grinded by the sanctions which the US and British leaders had declared would continue unless there was a regime change.
The UN watched impotently having been emasculated by your government's cowboy tactics, further sought to be implemented by the likes of John Bolton who even the Congress would not confirm and now a slick sly diplomat Afghan Zalmay Khalilzad, who has left Afghanistan and Iraq in total ruins. Now is it UN's turn. UN resolutions are meaningless unless it conforms to 2007 political and strategic realities and not of 1945.
"The present system for preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons is at an end, is bankrupt." Mohamed El Baradei, head of IAEA at Davos last year.
The Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) an iniquitous, non universal thrust down regime is dead and the major violators of NPT, the five recognized nuclear weapons powers (NWPs), who also occupy the permanent seats in the UN Security Council want this unethical and immoral regime to continue.
There is an unholy gang-up by the NWPs, against the majority of the nations and people of the world, the non-nuclear weapon states and others, who watch impotently this dangerous theatre of the absurd and brinkmanship, in trepidation. Something is seriously wrong with the political, economic and environmental health of planet Earth.
India should never sign the agreement US Congress is offering. India has been a nuclear power since 1974 when that greatest of Indian leaders Indira Gandhi ordered scientific validation.
Israel is also a 'hidden' nuclear power with hundreds of Nukes. There are no sanctions against Israel. It uses nukes to blackmail its neighbours and even USA. It is US ally Pakistan which regularly blackmails India and obtained missiles for passing on Nuke technology to north Korea. India unlike most of the NWPs and Pakistan has followed the self imposed nonproliferation regime. Nice boys finish last.
A February 07 poll carried out by Zogby International, revealed that 39% of the American public "agree" or "somewhat agree" that "the work of the Israel lobby on Congress and the Bush administration has been a key factor for going to war on Iraq and now confronting Iran." However, a similar number, 40%, "strongly disagreed" or "somewhat disagreed" with this position. Some 20% of the public, or more than one in five, were not sure. The disagreement is caused by almost total domination of US media by the Israeli Lobby . The poll's details show that 46% of Democrats tended to believe that the lobby was influential in the decision to go to war in Iraq while 45% of Republicans tended to believe it was not.
Israeli Lobby has full control over US Congress. Period
To say that the Israeli Lobby controls the US government and the Congress would be an under statement, it lords over it. Noam Chomsky commenting on the" Israel lobby 'in US article by two respected US university professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt pointed out that US and Israel interests coincide in the West's policy to control hydrocarbon energy resources ie petroleum and gas, ever since the emergence of its importance in warfare and economy. It is only partly true.
But as many rightly say ,it is the Israeli tail which wags the US dog. Like a henpecked husband in this US-Israel marriage, the husband can not even complain as can be seen from the virulence of the attacks against well established and reputed scholars and others who wrote about the Lobby. Like Holocaust no questions asked. Period.
The main excruciating instrument which makes most Congress members lose the next elections, sure as hell, and makes them tremble at even involuntary infringement of what the Lobby wishes and desires, is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). It is the blunt bludgeon employed to keep you gentlemen on a tight leash in "its primary mission is to work with America's leaders to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship." It is a sick and sickening relationship.
AIPAC sends regular notes or rather commands to the members of the Congress, who then vote accordingly. It saves so much labor for the Congressmen, some of whom can then devote attention to a page boy or two.
At AIPAC's 47th annual conference in Washington in February a majority of the Senate and a quarter of the House members, along with dozens of Administration officials were in attendance.
Last July after the Israeli brutal invasion of Lebanon the Senate unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution "condemning Hamas and Hezbollah and their state sponsors and supporting Israel's exercise of its right to self-defense." After House majority leader John Boehner removed language from the bill urging "all sides to protect innocent civilian life and infrastructure," the House version passed by a landslide, 410 to 8. Israel lost the war and its aura of invincibility since 1967 primarily based on nuclear blackmail, but a hundred thousand Lebanese civilians were recklessly killed and civilian infrastructure was wantonly destroyed .Dear Congressmen you are all responsible for giving carte blanche to the Israel's inapt and callous leadership. Those killed were not American civilians but Lebanese, those Arabs ' the other. They do not have the Congress by braces and bracelets (Bs & Bs) like the Israelis have.
AIPAC continues to enjoy deep bipartisan support in the Congress even after two top AIPAC officials were indicted a year ago for accepting and passing on confidential national security secrets from a Defense Department analyst. The new House Speaker Nancy Pelosy is so popular with AIPAC.
Last time Jews, Gypsies and other were victims of the Holocaust, but if US continues policies framed and influenced by Zeo-cons (Zionists and Neo-cons) then the whole world would become a victim of an even bigger catastrophe if not a Holocaust.
British MP Galloway shuts up the US senate
All the US law makers can do is to spin and spew untruths which are faithfully reproduced by captive US media. Last year, the U.S. Senate committee released documents saying Saddam Hussein gave British MP George Galloway the rights to export 20 million barrels of oil under the humanitarian program. Smoking a forbidden Havana cigar inside the Capitol building, he described the accusations as the mother of all smoke screens and claimed the Committee's report was false with wrong facts. He accused that the Senate had little sense of fairness or rule of law. He delivered a broadside against US policy and its system, challenged them to back up their claims against him. He then walked out leaving by now empty committee room stupefied.
So what credibility do you have. There are many such examples.
Tom Lantos had found Indian foreign minister Natwar Singh's reported statement in Iran -- "literally sickening, this Stalinist rhetoric which we don't accept." And "if New Delhi did not support Washington's efforts to ostracize Iran, "the goodwill will dissipate." "They will pay a heavy price for a total disregard of US concerns vis-'-vis Iran. It just will not fly in this body and they need to be told that in plain English, not in diplomatic English and I know there are people in this room who will carry this message."
One fully sympathizes with the state of mind of Lantos, a Hungarian born Jew, who was in a concentration camp. Reportedly his wife, also a Holocaust survivor, and two daughters left the Jewish faith and are practicing Mormons. But Lantos's outburst against India shows more than symptoms of Holocaust suffering but his belief that Iran might be a threat to Israel, to which country he has a right of return and has apparent loyalty. One wonders if people like Lantos represent USA, or look after Israel's interests.
Extracts in quotes from the Congress letter to Indian Premier Sardar Manmohan Singh.
"It is difficult for us to fathom why India, a democracy engaged in its own struggle against terrorism, would want to enhance security cooperation with a repressive government widely regarded as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. "
The poorly drafted letter adds "Regarding Iran, we are deeply concerned by India's increasing cooperation with that country, including the exchange of visits between high-level officials, enhanced military ties, and negotiation of agreements to establish closer economic relations."
"Such cooperation raises renewed questions about the possible diversion of sensitive technology to Iran, -- We are also concerned that broadened economic relations between India and Iran are being pursued. -- the agreement reached earlier this year for the construction of a major natural gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India that will provide the government of Iran with billions of dollars of revenue. --We must point out that these ventures could be subject to U.S. action under the Iran Sanctions Act.
"Far more serious recent steps by India to enhance its economic cooperation with Iran will undermine the international community's efforts to impose financial and other constraints on the Iranian government to persuade it to stop its program to acquire a nuclear weapons capability.
' As you are aware, ' American military personnel in Iraq have been targeted and killed by extremists trained and armed by Iran, and Tehran is actively working to defeat U.S. and coalition efforts to stabilize Iraq. More broadly, Iran is seeking military domination of the Persian Gulf and continues to arm and support terrorists in Iraq, Lebanon, and other countries. "
India is an independent sovereign nation and your very idea of questioning our right to have relations with Iran or any other country is infantile and absurd in inspiration. These objections are jejune. India is not poodleland like England or Anglo-Saxon outpost like Australia, a former penal colony.
Before proceeding further let it be clear that this is not a reply to your note verbal, which cannot be accepted as it is scurrilous. In protocol only oral unofficial comments can be given. The author who spent 35 years as a diplomat half as ambassador to 9 countries is amazed at the audacity and the temerity of such a letter.
Mother hen of all terrorism- America brings death and destruction.
"I saw a four-year-old boy sitting beside his mother's body, which had been decapitated by the explosion. He was talking to her, asking her what had happened -"a Humanitarian worker in Iraq.
Who established the nurseries of terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 1980s ? It was USA and west Europe, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and most Muslim countries, CIA and Pak ISI and other spy agencies and even China to defeat Soviets in Afghanistan .Who contributed over 8-10 billion US Dollars and recruited and contributed militants. Then they left behind billions of dollars' worth of arms in Afghanistan from which the region around it continues to suffer? India suffered and continues to even now. Only Pakistan is not responsible for proliferation of terrorism. USA is the mother hen.
Then the chickens started to come home to roost. In USA 9/11 and Talebans and Al Qaeda attacks on US missions in Africa and elsewhere. Now Al Qaeda provides its free franchise and training manuals. After having thoughtlessly helped create the monster of Islamic fundamentalism, the United States has now succeeded in arousing it further by attacking Afghanistan and worse Iraq, thus ranging the might of Islamic people and their faith against itself.
Studies all around the world even in by non-Zeocons thinktanks in USA and in UK have showed that Iraq is an excellent on the job training field for new terrorists enraged by US led Western policies and actions ..The terrorists need not follow US withdrawal from Iraq but many home grown indigenous groups will take to arms against Western nations .
Earlier, the poor and the deprived could find solace and action in communist and leftist ideologies and programs, but after the dismantling of the Soviet Union, many in the Islamic world have also taken to extreme religious movements. This will increase as long as US led West with its US-Saud Dynasty 'Wahabi nexus exploits Arab energy and other resources and supports Israel, the apartheid cancer in the Middle East.
Danger to the US from within
The danger to the US "way of life and stability" could come from within, from black American Muslims who now number 3 million to 5 million. Black Americans joined the armed forces in large numbers after the compulsory military draft was abolished.
The black community and Muslims remember many historic wrongs done to them. Of the 2 million Americans in prisons, two-thirds are non-white. Many feel oppressed by the white power structure and sentencing disparities, which too often fall most harshly on minorities. Islam offers brotherhood, dignity, and a sense of pride and solidarity, especially for non-whites. But many, alienated and disfranchised, are prime targets for radical Islamists who preach a religion of violence, of overcoming oppression by jihad. Many black Americans have experienced maltreatment and dehumanization. Conversion to Islam increased after September 11, even among Hispanics.
Some of the alleged security alerts in US (and UK) are to keep the American public in a state of fear and exploit it to dilute democracy, but like US- franchised street mob revolutions in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries, in the wake of your policies in the Middle East and elsewhere, many self -franchised Al Qaeda outfits, are springing up in countries colluding with Washington and in USA itself. The danger comes from them. From melting pot of nations as you claim ,USA could easily morph into a meltdown with so many social inequities and tensions kept in check by sheer brutal power of the ruling Wasp along with ruling Jewish wealth. The moral of 911 is that it can be repeated. it is possible and with so little expenditure. And US is unprepared!
A diplomatic riposte from Shashi Tharoor
Former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor while addressing recently in Washington the US-India Business Council and the US Chamber of Commerce on 'The Ascent of India and the Opportunities for America: A Look Ahead' said, "I am not one of those who is particularly offended by the affrontry that some in India have seen in that letter." (He knows how uncouth and uncivilized the Americans are!)
"I am a bit surprised at that position because it seems to me to reveal a certain lack of imagination on the part of those who are suggesting that a country like India should in every one of its actions be pleasing to its good friend and partner in this wonderful capital."
"First of all," he added, "to put it very bluntly, a country like India will never, by definition, ever do something principally because it is in the interest of a relationship with another country."
"When I hear people -- including in think tanks in this city -- talk about India being a counterweight to China, I feel sorry for them because India will never see its international policies as a function of its relationship with a third country -- and that is normal."
"You wouldn't expect that of any large country you dealt with," he told the packed audience of leading company CEOs, representatives of think tanks, senior Congressional aides and Bush administration officials "But the second thing is that it is probably in America's interest to have a good friend, a democracy, a country with several strategic interests in common, having a good relationship with a country it can't otherwise talk to," he added.
"I mean, surely, the United States is going to need friends to talk to Iran and to deal with Iran in other ways. Why would you get your friends to stop talking to a country you don't have any other access to talk to?" Tharoor argued. "So it seems to me the policy prescription embedded is fundamentally flawed in that approach," he said.
USA does not want allies or have global strategic relationship with India, you want poodles like Tony Blair or a watch dog like John Howard of Australia. Even Pakistan is bucking off. NATO ally Turkey shouts back with interest. Only Australians can beat the Americans in uncivilized behavior whether politicians, diplomats, newspaper editors or cricketers.
A learned and sensitive American professor said about Americans , "What can you expect from a people who have jumped from genocide (against Red Indians) to high-tech (weapons of destruction) via Klu Klus Klan like subjugation and exploitation of blacks from Africa."
As for the charges of espionage against India, a priory US has very little credibility left with its accusations against every one, e.g. all the false accusations against Iraq and now against Iran. US is known to break all international regulations and conventions. Only Israel's Mossad beats CIA in ruthlessness and illegal behavior.
A number of senior personnel from India's external agency have been subverted by US mission in New Delhi, the most famous case being that Ranvir Singh of Director General level in India's external intelligence agency. He was even spotted in USA. You will deny it as you deny CIA's 'rendition' for torture all around the globe. Some years ago a top man from India's internal counter intelligence Rat Sehgal was enticed by a US honey trap and had to be dismissed.
It was estimated 25 years ago that it would have cost USA 25 billion dollars to train Americans to replace those Indians who had migrated to USA. Such an estimate would now run into hundreds of billion of US dollars with over 1.5 million people of Indian origin in USA. They are the best brains from India and USA would have been hard put to locate this number so highly proficient in mathematics and science.
Generally Indians are law-abiding and God-fearing but if suspected and badly treated, Indians occupy many key places in all branches of American many technical and other set ups. A wrong step could unsettle the whole structure of mutual benefit, more to America. The lands and wealth of Red Indians grabbed after their genocide cannot be kept by the whites alone and they need Indian brains to multiply it.
When establishing diplomatic training academy for India's Ministry for Foreign Affairs 20 years ago the fresh entrants were introduced to forms of protocol behavior and correct modes of communication inside India and outside with foreign authorities. The Indian Parliament too organizes such training modules to the new some uncouth and uncivilized members.
How would you like if some members of Indian parliament wrote similar uncouth letters infringing on US sovereignty to the US President. There should be some sense of decorum and decency in interstate relations. Perhaps some protocol officers from the US State department could be deputed to train the likes of Tom Lantos and others. Otherwise United States of America would become known as Uncivilized States of America.
K Gajendra Singh, Indian ambassador (retired), served as ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan from August 1992 to April 1996. Prior to that, he served terms as ambassador to Jordan, Romania and Senegal. He is currently chairman of the Foundation for Indo-Turkic Studies. Copy right with the author. E-mail: Gajendrak@hotmail.com