January 14, 2013

India is entering into an unpredictable phase in counter-terorism cooperation with the US


  I think we are entering into an unpredictable phase in counter-terorism cooperation with the US. The US Exit Strategy, no doubt mid-wifed by the ever devious British, has daangerous implications for us. The concentration will not be on emiminating "Al qaeda and its affiliates" as President Obama asserted. The real problem is that most Americans are not prepared to admit the reality that the Taliban is an Al Qaeda "affiliate", as is the Lashkar e taiba. The "immunity"' to former ISI Chief Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha by the State Department of the class action suit in New York against the LeT is  a manifestation of how far the Obama Administration is prepared to go to absolve the ISI of its sins.and this tendency will grow once Senator Kerry assumes charge as Secretary of State.
 
        Given these developments the parting of ways with the US on counter terrorism may well become inevitable. Despite what Praveen Swami has said, he personally acknowledges that present tensions have risen primarily because of covering fire and support on the LoC by the Pak army to Lashkar e taiba infiltration. And the Lashkar now has the objective of undemining the democratic process in J&K by killing elected members of village panchayats. 
 
          I think that despite American exhorations, an effective and measured response militarily from our side is necessary and should not be ruled out, despite our weak kneed Government. Even the Congress Party is fuming. We have to look after our interests and not forever to subordinate these interests to American "imeratives" for their "exit strategy" in Afghanistan.
 
                                                                                                         
G Parthasarathy

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