Dharmaveer, who blogs at “Thoughts of a nationalist Indian”, has written a compelling article laying out the rationale for a US/NATO invasion of the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Some excerpts are below:
The case for a massive US invasion of the Pak-Afghan border
I think it is time the US and Nato launched a massive invasion of the Pakistan-Afghan border areas. I will make the case for such a military action below:
1. The Taliban-Al Qaeda combination attacked the US on its own soil on September 11, 2001. That itself would seem adequate for the US to go after the Taliban and not rest till this menace has been totally eliminated. When Japan attacked the US at Pearl Harbor, the US (a) identified the enemy and (b) went after it ruthlessly, not hesitating to even use nuclear weapons to force a full and unconditional surrender, followed by a total dismantling of the ideology of Japanese imperialism. Why is it hesitating now? September 11 took more US lives than Pearl Harbor. So why the US ambivalence? 2. The Taliban represents the greatest danger to the ideal of women’s rights in the world today. Under the Taliban, women were reduced to nothing more than domesticated animals. Again, this reason by itself would suffice for a serious military strike. The world cannot watch indifferently when women are degraded this way, and humanity is mocked. 3. The Taliban is gaining strength (their own words — see the video above), and preparing essentially for a total takeover of Pakistan. They have already brought significant parts of Pakistan under their control. Pakistan is a nuclear power. The Taliban having nuclear capability does not seem far fetched anymore. Another 10 years? And then what are we going to do? The time to act is NOW.
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[three more reasons are listed]
The world must not wait on this threat any longer. Every day that we wait, this threat grows, and increases its power to douse civilization. A forward policy is needed — one where we (a) call this threat the pure evil that it is (b) declare total war upon it and (c) chase it from all its hideouts, including Swat, Waziristan, and all the rest. It can be done. The myth of these tribesman being able to face up to the US war machine is just that — a media myth. Remember the Taliban was routed in 2002 when the US only gave some support to the northern alliance. It is because the US looked the other way after that that the Taliban regrouped. 2002 showed that the Taliban are weak, and can be destroyed, but it will take sharp focus to finish the job.
The time to finish the job has come.
Read the rest at “Thoughts of a nationalist Indian”.
The might of the British and Russian empires broke on the Hindu Kush and dissipated like a sea wave against a jetty. The American wave is even now being humbled on the Afghan side of the barrier.
What will improve our chances this time around? Does Bharat Rakshak — the Defense of India — stand ready to assume a full partnership in this initiative?