Friday, November 23, 2012

A Medley of Absurdity

The only surviving terrorist from the 26/11 attack on Mumbai has finally been executed.
The coverage in the Indian media has been breathless about 'Operation X'. Every detail of the execution is being laid out with pride, almost like this was the equivalent of the Operation to kill Osama Bin Laden.
As absurd as all this coverage might be, I guess it makes sense when you think about how low the perception of the present UPA government is. Sure this is something to crow about.
Another aspect of absurdity is people bursting crackers and distributing sweets, like this was some joyous occasion. He was always going to hang, the real culprits, the planners are still living their normal lives freely.
Talking heads will likely hold this up as a moment of pride for our democracy, which allowed even a terrorist the right to a free trial and due process. If anything it should be a matter of shame for us, that it took us nearly
4 years and 290 million rupees to convict a man where there was no dearth of evidence, or for that matter no doubt about his guilt.
Finally there are those who believe we should not have executed Kasab.
Here are the reasons advanced:

1. Capital Punishment is barbaric and abhored by world option.
 My Response: There are certain people, who through their acts, give up all right to be treated with humanity and compassion. Would life in prison be enough for Anders Behring Breivik? Other than a misplaced moral superiority , what else is to be gained, by not executing them. Rather than waste precious resources looking after these monster, in prison, I think it is in the interest of the public, to execute them.

2.The death penalty is hardly a deterrent for a jihadi, who is motivated to achieve 
My Response: True. But that is the law. We cannot cater the deterrent to the individual deviant.

3.He would serve as a prosecution witness in any future trial of the LET chief and the planners of the 26/11 attacks.
My Response: So your argument is keep him around for a trial that will never happen? Short of coercive action on India's part or giving Pakistan Kashmir, these individuals are never going on trial in India or anywhere else. As with most of India's enemies, its best to wait for time to take its toll, on them.

In conclusion. We should not be patting ourselves on our backs for doing what should have been done.
If I may adress the professional bleeding heart liberal, guys, really , this was the worst possible moment to stick your neck out for your principles. Its not like you guys have terrible ideas all the time. Its just that your timing sucks. And you have terrible ideas most of the time. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

No room on the ticket

As the Presidential Elections 2012 comes to its conclusion on Nov 6th, I am struck by how the choices being presented to the American people are so much fewer than they truly deserve.
As there are only 2 platforms, all manners of political opinion, are forced to choose just 2 sides.
So if you can't stomach President Obama's economic approach, you are stuck with the Tea Party loonies , and the "Rape is the will God", nut jobs.
I think President Obama is the more likable and relatable individual. I also don't believe Mitt Romney is severely conservative as he would like us to believe.
Since the minorities are always likely to vote democrat, the only way to win for the Republican's is to appeal to amongst others, the extreme right wing Tea party , no abortion types.
President Obama, on the other hand, seems to have sensed the disillusionment in his liberal base, and has focused his attentions there.
I didn't hear all of his speech accepting the nomination, but the one part the stuck was "We will leave nobody behind"
What is that but rhetoric, and coming to think of it, socialist rhetoric? If you believe this nation believes in the principle of personal responsibility,   do we really have a choice in the matter?   Each individual presumably makes his own fate.
I don't have the numbers to back me up, but there are a lot of people in this country who are liberal on social issues, and conservative on economic ones. Sadly these people are underrepresented on both tickets.
I don't envy the task of the American voter this November.