26/11/2008: On Why Kissinger Is Wrong

By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

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From Hyderabad, India: India and Pakistan are resolving the attacks on Mumbai on November 26, 2008 without armed conflict using international legal norms. Doing so is a display of extraordinary wisdom on the part of both countries in a region on the ring of fire of global discontent.

The uneasy and asymmetric co-existence of loose-coupled global guerilla coalitions, engineered by Al Qaeda and the like, and centralized, organized defenses of countries to battle the rebellions both within and without national boundaries can only be reconciled by offering better lives on a broad basis, for suppression of disquiet is not civil on the part of the governments just as it is also uncivil of the oppressed to express social displeasure through violence.

Building and sustaining better lives requires institutions of civil society, political and economic. India’s and Pakistan’s engagement on stemming non-state sponsored violence by surveillance is not justifiable in any time horizon.

There is gross violation of human rights in Pakistan and Afghanistan because of American drone attacks, undoing the counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, under the aegis of preventive action, and anxiety on the Indian side, raising India’s defense and intelligence expenditures in an economy of 1.1 billion people whose entire size of about $800 billion is less than the share of US health or defense expenditures in the US budget.

Misallocation of scarce government finances in both advanced countries and developing countries on defense and intelligence (a Keynesian mechanism of creating jobs) to prevent non-state sponsored violence, typically a consequence of shadow geopolitics to create instability on one hand and fix it on the other, is itself globally destabilizing only to serve the interests of the shadows, not the people.

It is best if events such as 9/11 and 26/11 which have catalyzed the thawing of relations between the United States and India beginning with Bush 43 and Vajpayee and continuing in Obama and Manmohan Singh, on both sides of the partisan divides in both countries, lead to doing the right thing now, not in the long run, because it could have been done since 2001.

The best structural antidote to the economic trade off between growth and inflation is change. The United States (wealthy), India (emerging) and Pakistan (poor) need investment capital in the same three enablers of sustainability: energy, information and communication technologies (ICT) and infrastructure, in all time horizons, to achieve broad-based prosperity in all three countries, treating each country with equanimity and mutual respect in its own social space.

Tactical missteps in necessary wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan can lead to strategic failures.

Islam, after all has been said and done, could be the savior of humanity. Mohammed, is the last prophet and the Second Coming. 9/11/2001 was the Armageddon.

Masdar is the alternative to Al Qaeda for the Islamic world. 9/11 would have been unnecessary had Bin Laden thought along the lines of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Terrorists are the opponents of sustainability and status quo proponents condemning the world’s peoples to the fear of unsustainable lives because of the frailing socioeconomic structures around the world – poverty, uncertainty among the rising middle classes and certainty among the upper income groups – their production processes dependent on obsolete ways of raising their living standards.

Global sustainable development is in the national interests.


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