Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Delhi's TRYST with Washington - Did US Know & Let 26/11 happen!

It is that time again, when Indian Policy Makers are working hard to to convince themselves that US is indeed India's Ally & a Friend. After all US is the OLDEST Democracy & we are the LARGEST hence our friendship ought to be natural. We seem to be MISTAKEN and FOOLED once again!

We Indian's by nature are TRUSTING people & our first instinct is to believe what is being said & promised. However we need to judge the promises against actions to decide who is our REAL FRIEND and who is just an OPPORTUNISTIC ALLY. Unfortunately our Policy Makers do not seem to follow this commonsense approach.

US has a history of rubbing India on the wrong side. The proof is for all to see - US Navy's 7th Fleet threatening India during 1971 war with Pakistan, Economic Sanctions against India post Pokharan Nuclear Tests, Funding & Equipping Pakistan's Military, US Presidents Certifying Non-Proliferation Credentials of Pakistan to continue Civil/Military aid while AQ Khan was busy in Nuke Bazaar and not supporting India's claim for a Permanent Seat in UN Security Council, the list of US's anti-India bias is very long.

The most recent manifestation of this anti-India policy of US was to declare Pakistan, a nation which promotes terror as a Strategic Policy Instrument, an Ally & Strategic Partner in the War-on-Terror Campaign. BTW, Pakistan is the the only country outside of NATO, to get this honor from US. Come to think of it, it was a natural choice, given that US & Pakistan together created Taliban, which supported & sheltered Al-Quaeda. So Pakistani's obviously knew how to track & capture these terrorists.

It is hard to believe that American Policymakers are so DUMB (I would be happy to be proved wrong) that they did all this in GOOD FAITH and were trying to protect HELPLESS PAKISTAN against BULLY INDIA. It shows that US strategic interests are aligned with US not India.

Now we have David Headley (Daood Gilani of Pakistani origin,who changed his name) , supposedly a US Spy (they now call him DOUBLE AGENT, but who knows), who under watchful eyes of US Intelligence, surveyed terror targets in India for years, attended Terror Camps in Pakistan & planned Mumbai Attacks. Even if he was a Double Agent, US would have certainly tracked & known as to what he was doing during his trips to Pakistan & India.

Only NAIVE (Indian Government) would believe that US did not know about Headley's activities in India and his terror plot. But US did not find it necessary to share this intelligence with India. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LC23Df03.html

However, our Home Minister doesn't tire in praising US cooperation post 26/11. We will need to redefine COOPERATION?

Let's analyze as to why US would not have shared the 26/11 terror plot with India, even if they knew it.

US had been trying to get Pakistan's cooperation on War-on-Terror but Pakistan wasn't playing the ball. US needed something incriminating against Pakistani establishment to make them fall in line. Headley & his associates fit the bill.

It seems unlikely (and lets hope that it is not true) that US (intelligence agencies) knowingly did not warn India about 26/11, but it certainly is a possibility. US intelligence agencies are known to have done worse, plotting against heads of states, toppling governments and supporting rebels, to pursue their own national & strategic interests.

Given the way Headley episode has been carefully planned and orchestrated, getting his confessions in plea bargain and then giving him immunity from any prosecution & deportation, it raises lots of questions and makes us wonder if US is telling the whole TRUTH.

Now, with Headley talking, heat is on Pakistan. It's no wonder that suddenly US & Pakistan are engaged in strategic dialogue now, with Pak Army chief playing the lead role.

Some of our Western Educated Intellectuals & Policy Makers would make us believe & give examples of US benevolence, such as, to let India enter the Nuclear Club. We all know that it was a simple business decision. American companies wanted to sell nuke technology to India. Now they are even pushing for "SALES without ACCOUNTABILITY" bill, named Civil Nuclear Liability Bill.

In fact, US never gave a damn about Nuclear Proliferation. They let Pakistan do it and even helped Israel develop Nukes covertly. So all this posturing about being nice & letting India have the Nuclear Deal was a stage-show to curry business favors in exchange for the Nuclear DEAL which, we were told, US so generously GIFTED India, the natural ally.

It will seem that Pakistan, not India, is a NATURAL ALLY of US as both nations have no moral qualms about using whatever means, to achieve their national & strategic objectives.

Indian Policy Makers - Please WAKE-UP and LEARN International Diplomacy before it is too late!!!

Please push hard and get Access to Headley and Prosecute him in India. He has committed Crime in & against India. Hence he must be tried in India. Remember 9/11 accused, they were all deported to US from across the world. So why would US not allow deportation of 26/11 accused. Why DOUBLE STANDARD. We also have a treaty with the US to this effect.

Use whatever means necessary, as other nations do, to make Americans fall in Line. Economic/Business Carrot & Stick approach may work best, given that American economy is not in the best of health now.