Offstumped – Bill Kristol hands it to Pakistan Apologists

Less than 24 hours after the War on Mumbai was unleashed, Offstumped had noted that Pakistan Apologists in the International Media had come out of the wood works to push a new formulation to further their agenda of appeasement of the Pakistan establishment.

Well there is some ray of hope after all that no every commentator in the West subscribes to the “Progressive Liberal” template being pushed by the Pakistan Apologists.

Noted Conservative Commentator and Fox News Contributor Bill Kristol writing in the New York Times hands it to the Pakistan Apologists. In fact the intellectual clarity and moral certitude that Kristol brings to the debate should put even some Indian commentators who have been seeking refuge in political correctness to shame.

In a piece titled “Jihad’s True Face“. Kristol had this to say

Much of the reporting from Mumbai the last few days has been informative, gripping and often moving. Some of the commentary, on the other hand, has been not just uninformative but counterinformative — if that’s a term, and if it’s not, I say it should be

Taking issue with Martha Nussbaum’s piece in the LA Times Kristol hands it to her

So jihadists kill innocents in Mumbai — and Nussbaum ends up decrying racial profiling here. Is it just that liberal academics are required to include some alleged ugly American phenomenon in everything they write?

Kristol explaining the rationale behind groups like Lashkar’s Jihad had this to say

Lashkar-e-Taiba, Haqqani explains, is a jihadi group of Wahhabi persuasion, “backed by Saudi money and protected by Pakistani intelligence services.” He notes that “Lashkar-e-Taiba has adopted a maximalist agenda for global jihad.” Indeed, the political arm of the group has conveniently published a pamphlet, “Why Are We Waging Jihad?,” that lays out all kinds of reasons why the United States, Israel and India are “existential enemies of Islam.”

Kristol closes his piece with this fitting tribute to India’s slain hero Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan

Patriotism is an indispensable weapon in the defense of civilization against barbarism. That was brought home over the weekend in an article in The Times of India on Sandeep Unnikrishnan, a major in India’s National Security Guards who died fighting the terrorists at the Taj hotel. The reporter spoke with the young man’s parents as they mourned their son: “His father, dignified in the face of such a personal tragedy, was stoic, saying he was proud of his son who sacrificed his life for the country: ‘He died for the nation.’ ”

Offstumped applauds Kristol and others like Bruce Reidel from the Brookings Institute who have called the Jihadi terror for what it is.

Meanwhile back home Prabhu Chawla’s India Today is showing some moral certitude by setting the record straight on the media spin on why BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi visited Mumbai

Already under attack for fiddling while his showpiece city burnt, Deshmukh was further riled by news reports which said his government sat on tip- offs from Gujarat intelligence agencies which warned about the likelihood of terrorists using fishing trawlers and such like to enter Mumbai via the sea route. The reports were rubbished by Deshmukh and his aides at the Mantralaya, who said the warning from the Gujarat authorities were very general in nature and the inputs contained no specific information that could have averted this tragedy. An incensed Modi then dispensed with protocol and arrived in Mumbai and headed for the Trident.

and why leader of the opposition and the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L.K. Advani chose not to fly jointly with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

But as in any story, there is the other side which tells a different tale and paints Advani as the villain of the botched opportunity.

The government has it that the PM was keen on an all party show of unity. Amongst those he had invited to join the hurriedly drawn up entourage were Sharad Pawar and Amar Singh. A man is known by the company he keeps and Advani may have had his reasons not to share the stage with Singh.

But it still begs the question: When Advani had offered to catch up with the prime minister in Mumbai, why was his request ignored? Couldn’t Manmohan, who has learnt in these past four and half years to make the impossible possible, have kept the larger picture in mind and persuaded the Opposition leader to be by his side in this gravest of hours? Politics aside, it’s a decision both will grieve over for long.

Offstumped closes this note to remind Indians that the media has an agenda and is not to be trusted with the way it spins stories. The media has forgotten that the enemies are the Terrorists and not the BJP. It must be reminded of this fundamental obfuscation by calling out its spin every time it is thrown at us.

Offstumped – Putting lipstick on a corpse

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As India continues to debate its response to the War on Mumbai, yesterday’s all party meeting had a predictable outcome – promise of actions sans any kind of strategy.

Many commentators have come out in the last 24 hours on the need for such a strategy.

Rajamohan in The Indian Express

Lead editorial in The Mint

We are now told that U.S. President George W Bush is sending Secretary of State Condi Rice to New Delhi to manage our response – whatever that means.

We are also told dutifully by The Telegraph that Rahul Gandhi has also called for such a strategy in the CWC meeting.

Unfortunately though the Manmohan Singh Government’s conduct to date has been high on rhetoric and low on substance.

The latest round of resignations can at best be described as a sideshow.

We are past the stage where individuals mattered. It is now a time for Institutional change and Strategic response.

By swapping Zombies and dead beat leaders with glib talkers and smooth operators if the Congress thinks it can wing its way to the elections it is sadly mistaken.

We need a Strategy and not merely talk that makes us feel good.

For far too long we have endured Pakistan’s Salami Tactics, it is time we returned the favor with a thin sliver strategy as espoused by The Mint.

Anything less in a response would be merely putting lipstick on a corpse

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