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Discarding war's rules

Reader comment on item: [Lee Harris on Why the U.S. is] Discarding War's Rules

Submitted by Vijay Dandapani (United States), Jul 22, 2003 at 16:46

This is an unfortunately incomplete analysis of the Muslim world and the ruthlessness we are currently witnessing. Firstly, there are instances of weaker powers "taking on" stronger enemies going all the way back to Sparta and Greece as well as Sparta and Thebes later on. Almost contemporaneously in India the Mauryan empire took on the much larger Magadhan kingdon as well as the Macedonians after Alexander the Great returned home. Examples in recent times include the Serbs and Bosnians who brought about the first world war by taking on the vastly stronger Austro-Hungarian empire to Argentina's absurd and ill fated takeover of the Falklands (Malvinas). But more importantly, Al-Qaeda as we all know is neither nation nor state but an amorphous entity supported by a decidedly venal and malevolent state - Saudi Arabia. Saddam's defeat was a necessary step but not necessarily the first. That distinction should have gone to Saudi Arabia. If leaders of dark nations need to be removed (whatever the connotation of the word) then the obvious place to have begun is Saudi Arabia.

However, if there is a possibility of Armageddon in the civilized world caused by militant Islam the role of another nation cannot be excluded. No single country has proven to be more accommodating to terrorists than Pakistan. With the notable exception al-Harethi in Yemen every terrorist captured or killed post 9/11 outside the US has been found in Pakistan. What is more the current nuclear menace posed by the North Korean maniac, Kim-jong-il is almost entirely due to the Nodong for Nuke barter between North Korea and Pakistan. Pakistan has for nearly five decades been primarily responsible for the deaths of nearly a hundred thousand innocent citizens in democratic India not to mention the fact that its murderous military rulers killed more Muslims (over 2 million) than any body else in recorded history during its brutal rule of erstwhile East Pakistan.
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