An IDC Analysis



New Delhi, 31 March 2004

On the anniversary of the Iraq invasion our thoughts turn to turmoil in the world and the writings of Fredrick Nitzsche, the German philosopher who said emphatically years ago that as long as human nature does not change the times will pass from one turmoil to another. He was clear that despite more and more schools of divinity springing up, human nature was constant in that the venom of hate, greed and distrust will never go away or overcome love and compassion especially among Leaders who hanker for power. He lived in Hitler’s Germany and so had a lot to study and glean from. This philosophy is now confirmed in the larger picture of the world as one travels along Iraq, Kashmir, India’s North East, Israel, the Middle East, 9/11 and more recently Madrid. The same philosophy now seems evident in the Indian political scene as we go into elections.

Our colleague has just returned from a five-day programme of spirituality and meditation at the most modern and well managed Brahmakumari Ashram in the hills of Mount Abu in Central India (hence the philosophical mood!).

Thirty leading Americans, Australians and Brazilians of diverse ages who were close friends met to celebrate the 60th birthday of an Australian Brahmakumari in the unusual manner of vegetarianism, celibacy, meditation and discourses. The method of Raja Yoga to connect with God or the Supreme Being is taught to bring solace to the mind. The Brahmakumari system has a following of over 700,000 all over the world and was started by a rich Sindhi merchant in Hyderabad (Sindh) and Karachi in 1936 and was shifted to Mount Abu in 1961. It has flourished since and runs global centers and a very modern hospital at Mount Abu. The Indian Army despite criticism sends soldiers there for short courses.

Whether it is Nazism, Communism, Capitalism, Hindutva, Islam or any other ism that the world may coin “some ism“ will always keep us busy from achieving Utopianism. Since 9/11 the scourge of terrorism has hit the Western World –– a phenomenon that the Eastern world and Israel had been suffering for long. The West may cloak the reasons in polite terms, but we believe that it is the ‘Clash of Religions’ and the ‘Disparity of Wealth’, between the West and the downtrodden nations of the East that has exacerbated the problem.

One year after Iraq was invaded and Afghanistan intruded by USA and its rich partners, the game of the West led by USA is the quest for oil and oil wealth, the same wealth that made Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Brunei and such so rich. We post a piece by Robert Frisk to show how a religious leader of Hamas like Sheikh Yassin propagated killings and was himself assassinated by Israelis to cause more hatred. 

India is seeking the help of Israel in Defence and security matters. Now we learn from the media that the CISF Chief KM Singh and the Airport Security Chief T K Mitra are in Israel to learn how to combat terrorism!

The Killing Of Sheikh Yassin
Chilling Implications Of This State Killing
By Robert Fisk
March 23, 2004

It doesn't take an awful lot of courage to murder a paraplegic in a wheelchair. But it takes only a few moments to absorb the implications of the assassination of Sheikh Yassin. Yes, he endorsed suicide bombings –– including the murder of Israeli children. Yes, if you live by the sword, you die by the sword, in a wheelchair or not. But something went wrong with the narrative of the news story yesterday –– and something infinitely more dangerous –– another sinister precedent was set for our brave new world.

Take the old man himself. From the start, the Israeli line was simple. Sheikh Yassin was the "head of the snake" –– to use the words of the Israeli ambassador to London –– the head of Hamas, "one of the world's most dangerous terrorist organisations". But then came obfuscation from the world's media. Yassin, the BBC World Service Television told us at lunchtime, was originally freed by the Israelis in a "prisoner exchange". It sounded like one of those familiar swaps –– a Palestinian released in exchange for captured Israeli soldiers. And then, later in the day, the BBC told us that he had been freed "following a deal brokered by King Hussain (of Jordan)".
Which was all very strange. He was a prisoner of the Israelis. This "head of the snake" was in an Israeli prison. And then, bingo, this supposed monster was let go because of a "deal". Sheikh Yassin was set free by no less than that law-and-order right-wing Likudist Benjamin Netanyahu when he was Prime Minister of Israel. King Hussain wasn't a "broker" between two sides. Two
Israeli Mossad secret agents had tried to murder a Hamas official in Amman, the capital of an Arab nation which had a full peace agreement with Israel. They had injected the Hamas man with poison and the late King Hussain called the US President in fury and threatened to put the captured Mossad men on trial if he wasn't given the antidote to the poison and if Yassin wasn't

Netanyahu immediately gave in. Yassin was freed and the Mossad lads went safely home to Israel. So the "head of the snake" was let loose by Israel itself, courtesy of the Israeli Prime Minister –– a chapter in the narrative of history which was conveniently forgotten yesterday. Which is all very odd. For if the elderly cleric really was worthy of state murder, why did Mr Netanyahu let him go in the first place? It was not a question that anyone wanted to ask yesterday.

But there was something infinitely more dangerous in all this. Yet another Arab –– another leader, however vengeful and ruthless –– had been assassinated. The Americans want to kill Osama Bin Laden. They want to kill Mullah Omar. They killed Saddam's two sons. The Israelis repeatedly threaten to murder Yasser Arafat. It's getting to be a habit.

No one has begun to work out the implications of all this. For years, there was an unwritten rule in the cruel war of government versus guerrilla. You can kill the men on the street, the bomb makers and the gunmen. But the leadership on both sides –– government ministers, spiritual leaders –– were allowed to survive.

Now all is changed utterly. Anyone who advocates violence is now on a death list. So who can be surprised if the other side also breaks the rules?

With all their own security, Bush and Blair may be safe, but what about their ambassadors and fellow ministers? Leaders are fair game. We will not say this. If, or when, our own political leaders are gunned down or blown up, we shall vilify the killers and argue a new stage in "terrorism" has
been reached. We shall forget that we are now encouraging this all-out assassination spree.

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