Tag: USA

India votes against Sri Lanka

On 22/3/2012 India voted against Sri Lanka in UNHRC, Geneva. Out of the 47 countries, 24 voted for the resolution, 15 against and 8 abstained. The resolution was moved by USA which has committed more war crimes than any other country in recent times. India was the only Asian country to vote against Sri Lanka. Russia, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Indonesia, Philippines, Cuba and some other countries voted against the resolution. India gave up its position of not voting in favour of any country specific resolution.

India’s human rights record is not good. AFSPA is in force in Kashmir and Manipur. Pakistan or some other country can move a resolution against India. When Benazir Bhutto was PM of Pakistan and P. V. Narasimha Rao was PM of India, Pakistan had moved a resolution against India.

USA and its allies have committed war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. NATO countries have killed 40,000 civilians in Libya. Robert Bales murdered 16 people, including 9 children, in Afghanistan. What about a resolution against USA for its war crimes? What about a resolution against NATO countries for their war crimes in Libya? It is time for some countries to move resolutions against USA and its allies and NATO countries.

Sarath Fonseka was the general who led the war against LTTE. There is no talk of prosecuting him.

LTTE had fought against IPKF. More than a thousand Indian soldiers died fighting LTTE.

Tamil politics as practiced by DMK and AIADMK triumphed. The government would not have fallen if DMK had walked out of UPA. BSP could have joined.

USA and ISI

For long India said ISI was behind terrorist activities in India. USA was quiet. For some years Afghanistan said ISI was behind terrorist activities in Afghanistan. That included Indian Embassy. USA was quiet. When American Embassy was attacked USA spoke. Americans wanted Pakistan to take action against Haqqani group, veritable arm of ISI, or they will act on their own.

India should have acted on its own. USA has its interests. It will not act in favour of other countries unless it is for its own advantage or there is a lobby in USA that wants USA to act in favour of another country like Jewish lobby’s support for Israel. ISI got away with crimes against Indians and Afghans and became bold enough to attack Americans.

Pakistan’s army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who was once ISI chief, threatened retaliation if American soldiers entered Pakistan. He said Pakistan is not Iraq or Afghanistan and a nuclear power. It meant Pakistan will drop nuclear bombs on American soldiers. It halted American entry in Pakistan. Drone attacks are different matter.

It is unlikely ISI will stop its operations against Americans. Pakistan wants to control Afghanistan. Many Pakistani’s feel time is on their side, Americans will have to leave Afghanistan and after that Pakistan can dictate terms to Afghanistan. If USA stops assistance they can get it from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has emerged as a force. They have troops in Bahrain and have supported Saleh in Yemen. Saudi Arabia will support Pakistan against USA. China may sell arms to Pakistan but will not give assistance.

Some Pakistani politicians are not happy with ISI sponsoring terrorism but as long as army dominates Pakistan they cannot do much. When army domination ends Pakistan’s government can put an end to ISI activities. That does not seem possible in the near future.

Occupy Wall Street

For long Americans witnessed scenes of demonstrations in Arab countries and talked of Arab Spring. Now they witness scenes of demonstrations in their own country and they can talk of American Autumn. There is protest against corporate greed and bail outs. Billions of dollars were given in bail outs and officials responsible for losses got millions of dollars in bonuses. Unemployment is high in USA. Officially it is close to 10%. The unemployed are not ready to put up with a system that rewards failures.

Some Americans favour taxing Chinese imports. China is not the only country to engage in currency manipulation but China’s currency manipulation has hit USA the most and has resulted in huge trade deficits and job losses.

Some consider Occupy Wall Street movement as left reaction to rightist Tea party movement. Three years after the depression of 2008 there is fear again of another depression. Some do not want to call it depression and say double dip recession.

Imposing anti-dumping duties on imports from countries that devalue their currencies will help Americans to some extent. It will not help in getting jobs that have gone to other countries due to outsourcing like call centres, medical transcription and legal documentation.

It is nice to watch Americans demonstrating against injustices in their country. Democracy is more than elections. Corporatism and democracy cannot go together.