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by Kamboja
18 Oct 2014 23:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Who are the fronts and behinds of the ISI(P/S/?)
Replies: 161
Views: 5486

Re: Who are the fronts and behinds of the ISI(P/S/?)

Thanks Ramanaji. Another point of context that helps explain Sunni-Shia relations in Iraq. Although they are the minority, the Sunnis have also traditionally been the overlords -- accorded more privilege and incorporated into the ruling elites. This was first done by the Sunni Ottoman Turks when the...
by Kamboja
17 Oct 2014 10:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Who are the fronts and behinds of the ISI(P/S/?)
Replies: 161
Views: 5486

Re: Who are the fronts and behinds of the ISI(P/S/?)

And a bit of historical context: this area has always been the battleground between Persia and the Anatolian power -- the Ottomans and before them the Eastern Romans. The Shia Safavids (who were responsible for converting Persia from majority-Sunni to majority-Shia) lost Mesopotamia to the Sunni Ott...
by Kamboja
17 Oct 2014 10:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Who are the fronts and behinds of the ISI(P/S/?)
Replies: 161
Views: 5486

Re: Who are the fronts and behinds of the ISI(P/S/?)

UBji, regarding Shia majority in Iraq -- as was pointed out above, while it is true that it's ~65% Shia, that number obscures the reality, which is that the more densely populated south-east (adjacent to Iran) is heavily Shia, while the sparsely populated north-west is majority Sunni. This latter ar...
by Kamboja
10 Oct 2014 08:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul 2014
Replies: 2846
Views: 105481

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul

Touching! https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10649686_739640476091361_3085196271369799261_n.jpg?oh=f828161e4d05343e77a9536c24d71061&oe=54C7F28E Warms even my small, dark heart. I too recommend that all victims (of excess pindi chana intake) make their own remedies and rel...
by Kamboja
09 Oct 2014 22:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul 2014
Replies: 2846
Views: 105481

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul

So STFUP is proceeding along the usual ladder of probing/escalation that it duly follows whenever a new government takes office in Delhi. Diplomatic irritants (rubbing Hurriyat talks in the face of GOI), and now border ambushes, firing on BSF outposts, and targeting Hindu/Sikh civilians. It's only a...
by Kamboja
15 Apr 2014 00:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - Jan 04, 2014
Replies: 2844
Views: 100500

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - Jan 04, 2014

It's often mystified me how Pakistan manages to fool the world, and Indians most of all, into treating it like any other country, as Shiv and others have pointed out. Part of it is certainly in how the media, western and Indian, presents the narrative: i.e. of a modern nation-state 'on par' with an ...
by Kamboja
14 Apr 2014 23:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - Jan 04, 2014
Replies: 2844
Views: 100500

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - Jan 04, 2014

Shivji, very interesting and thought-provoking lines of discussion. Much to reply to, but in terms of a suggestion of what to call it (and it's very true that there is much in getting the name itself right); I'm going to go in a different direction and suggest: "Pakistan: Yugoslavia 2.0". ...
by Kamboja
31 Dec 2013 09:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2405
Views: 295075

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

Apologies for interrupting the DK conversation, but cross-posting from the Russia thread:

Kamboja wrote:Has Modi made public what he wants in terms of policy towards Russia should he become PM? I would hope he pays more attention to cultivating the relationship than MMS has.
by Kamboja
31 Dec 2013 08:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 982
Views: 116416

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

@Agnimitra, thanks for the additional detail and context. To clarify, I wasn't suggesting that the Kemalists stand to gain from the current internecine Islamist war. Still, I'm sure they derive some schadenfreude from seeing both enemies weakening each other (I know I do). And there are indirect ben...
by Kamboja
31 Dec 2013 08:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5599
Views: 643939

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Has Modi made public what he wants in terms of policy towards Russia should he become PM? I would hope he pays more attention to cultivating the relationship than MMS has.
by Kamboja
31 Dec 2013 08:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5599
Views: 643939

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

I doubt Saudi or any country would ever openly threaten Russia or any other country with terrorism threat for geo-political objectives. No one at the highest level would ever do that. Likely this is Chechnian trying to gain most Eye Ball prior to Sochi when world media attention would be there .......
by Kamboja
30 Dec 2013 16:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5599
Views: 643939

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Prince Bandar making good on his promise to disrupt the Sochi games with terrorist attacks if Putin didn't stop supporting Assad?

http://www.infowars.com/saudis-threaten ... a-support/
by Kamboja
26 Dec 2013 04:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 982
Views: 116416

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/20/the_end_of_erdogan Folks, interesting article worth reading about the current political battle in Turkey. A few highlights: - Erdogan's AKP (Justice and Development Party) has steadily dismantled the strictly secular military state that Ataturk and hi...
by Kamboja
01 Apr 2012 03:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Pakistan's failure
Replies: 3241
Views: 197941

Re: Managing Pakistan's failure

I am sure you have heard of the term , "if you break it - you own it". If I may ask some naive questions here: could you explain why this is the case for us? It is not obvious to me why we cannot help 'break' Pakistan, then walk away and let the pieces descend into civil war. I assume tha...
by Kamboja
21 Feb 2012 07:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Pakistan's failure
Replies: 3241
Views: 197941

Re: Managing Pakistan's failure

Just to add a data point to the racism in Islam discussion -- The Ottoman Empire had within its borders almost every ethnicity possible - Russian, Balkan, Caucasian (Armenian etc.), Persian, Arab, North African, and via trade and slaving, Western Europeans and sub-Saharan Africans. By corollary, the...
by Kamboja
20 Feb 2012 08:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 2012
Replies: 2849
Views: 97734

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 201

Kamboja, forgive my geograhpical challenge, but the map shown above seems to show Baluchistan with Afghan border? What's the issue? Suppiahji, I should have been clearer - what I meant is that, looking at that map at least, if we assume the Baloch populated areas were carved out into an independent...
by Kamboja
20 Feb 2012 04:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 2012
Replies: 2849
Views: 97734

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 201

Thanks RajeshAji, actually another wiki has a map of Balochistan by ethnicity that corroborates your point. http://i.imgur.com/4N6Nc.jpg And the infamous Ralph Peters map that caused many a browning of Paki pants seems to envision a similar outline for its free Balochistan. I am left wondering about...
by Kamboja
20 Feb 2012 01:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 2012
Replies: 2849
Views: 97734

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 201

Re: Baluch independence, I have a question for Altair and others who know the facts on the ground. My impression was that the Baluch are almost a minority in their own province -- the wiki article on Baluchistan has the Baluch-speaking population at 40%, Pashtu-speaking at 40%, and Brahui-speaking a...
by Kamboja
14 Feb 2012 06:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: People's Republic of China, Dec. 27 2011
Replies: 1052
Views: 37800

Re: People's Republic of China, Dec. 27 2011

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/inside-chinas-greatest-mystery/ Apologies if posted before. Some more background on Wang Lijun. Ethnic Mongolian, apparently made a name for himself fighting crime in Chongqing -- the article mentions greater ambitions, that the criminal networks he was...
by Kamboja
12 Feb 2012 06:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 201
Replies: 781
Views: 19736

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 15 Jan 201

Dr. Shiv, I must say your recent posts have been very thought-provoking and certainly a departure not only from much of the consensus on BRF (as it seems to me) but also from your own previous thoughts. I have a few questions for you, but before that let me lay out what I glean from your recent post...
by Kamboja
11 Jan 2012 10:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 06 Dec 2011
Replies: 2854
Views: 94990

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 06 Dec 201

My god, that Tharoor speech was absolutely *filled* with digs at the Pakis done firmly tongue in cheek!! Two lines in quick succession had me laughing out loud: 'I heard from a Pakistani former ambassador the idea to cooperate on wind energy: we have the technology and you have the wind!', and right...
by Kamboja
10 Nov 2011 11:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis
Replies: 4002
Views: 177314

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis

Cross-posting There is some evidence for this, but its not so black and white. Modern Iran is a compelling case in point. Under the appearances of an adrenalized Islamist swagger lies an alter ego where Islamism is weak. And a great part of it has to do with the aspirations and even the rebellious n...
by Kamboja
10 Nov 2011 11:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 31 Oct 201
Replies: 477
Views: 16006

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 31 Oct 201

Cross-posting There is some evidence for this, but its not so black and white. Modern Iran is a compelling case in point. Under the appearances of an adrenalized Islamist swagger lies an alter ego where Islamism is weak. And a great part of it has to do with the aspirations and even the rebellious n...
by Kamboja
10 Nov 2011 11:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran's Identity Faultlines - Islamic / Aryan
Replies: 256
Views: 10180

Re: Iran's Identity Faultlines - Islamic / Aryan

Posting reply to this post by Kamboja in the TSP main thread. Mods, I apologize if this crosses the line of what is allowed to be said but I strongly believe it to be true. ... This disturbing but effective strategy also contains the key to the reversal of Islamic fortunes: and that is to liberate ...
by Kamboja
10 Nov 2011 09:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 31 Oct 201
Replies: 477
Views: 16006

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): 31 Oct 201

Hearing the stories of many on this thread of the abduction, rape and 'conversion' of Hindu and Sikh (and other religions as well) girls set off a tube light in my head. Mods, I apologize if this crosses the line of what is allowed to be said but I strongly believe it to be true. This uber-masculine...
by Kamboja
28 Oct 2011 06:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Sep 22, 2011
Replies: 2848
Views: 93771

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Sep 22, 20

interesting take on why Kiya nahi will not fight the Taliban any more in the Friday Times: The ghosts that haunt Kayani Citing a staggering statistic, Gen Kayani let us into what's really beginning to haunt his institution: That the army has suffered 12,829 casualties since 2001, including 3,097 ki...
by Kamboja
22 Oct 2011 11:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 571046

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, died in New York after a long battle with cancer, the Saudi royal court said in a statement.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 97488.html
by Kamboja
22 Oct 2011 06:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Sep 22, 2011
Replies: 2848
Views: 93771

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Sep 22, 20

There is no better way for us to render the UNSC (even more) irrelevant than by encouraging our Chini brothers and supporting a permanent seat for the Pakis. Perhaps with her decades years months-long stalwart experience, Mr. Madam Hina 'Rub-Any' Khar can be the Paki rep to the UN, just as the Hack-...
by Kamboja
08 Oct 2011 07:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India / Afghanistan - A New Strategic Relationship
Replies: 446
Views: 12144

Re: India / Afghanistan - A New Strategic Relationship

So, you have to let them know that their Ayeshas and little Abdul*n will pay the price for their terrorist actions. I think they would catch on real fast and desist in exporting terror. I am sure this possibility has crossed the minds of policy makers in Delhi, but the problem is that the crore com...
by Kamboja
12 Sep 2011 01:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Aug 05, 2011
Replies: 2854
Views: 218150

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Aug 05, 20

Iqbal's Letter to Jinnah '... Also the insertion of Jawaharlal’s socialism into the body-politic of Hinduism is likely to cause much bloodshed among the Hindus themselves. The issue between social democracy and Brahmanism is not dissimilar to the one between Brahmanism and Buddhism. Whether the fat...
by Kamboja
08 Sep 2011 08:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Aug 05, 2011
Replies: 2854
Views: 218150

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Aug 05, 20

... Islamic tanzeems are the Pakistan army's special forces. In 1965 the TSPA used the SSG in mufti. That failed, but trained men in civilian garb has been the TSPA's modus operandi for 5 decades now. I suspect that there is a worry in official Indian circles that as the Pakistan state structure co...
by Kamboja
09 Aug 2011 23:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis
Replies: 4002
Views: 177314

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis

Bji, I am in agreement with you on almost all counts. My initial post might have given the impression that I disagree more than I agree with Sultana's views, whereas on the contrary I think most of her criticisms are absolutely on point -- which is why I wanted to share my impressions of her book. W...
by Kamboja
09 Aug 2011 07:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis
Replies: 4002
Views: 177314

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis

Folks, just finished A God Who Hates by Wafa Sultana -- an interesting, if polemical criticism of Islam. The author was born and raised in Syria and the book is a combination of description of her childhood and youth in smaller cities in Syria and criticism of Islam based on her experiences as well ...
by Kamboja
03 Aug 2011 22:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): June 30, 2011
Replies: 2855
Views: 242852

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): June 30, 2

There is an element of timing and constraints that is important and, perhaps, is not factoring into the discussion of Unkil's attitude to TSPA. We are asking the questions: If Unkil is really so strong, how come they have never 'turned the screws' on TSP? OTOH they have showered largesse and arms on...
by Kamboja
28 Jul 2011 18:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): June 30, 2011
Replies: 2855
Views: 242852

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): June 30, 2

... However,BRF instinct tells me that Pakistan Army and ISI are upto something very nasty and obnoxious.Rabbani is just a diversion to slow things down for people looking into Pakistan. Army & ISI are just waiting for the right moment to assert their image again. meaning: A new major terrorist...
by Kamboja
22 Jul 2011 20:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): June 30, 2011
Replies: 2855
Views: 242852

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): June 30, 2

Maybe I am just unable to get over my hatred of the Pakis, but talking of making overtures to them at this stage to soften the anti-Indian/anti-Hindu stance in that benighted land leaves me with a terribly bitter aftertaste. Most of all I think it would be counterproductive to make any overtures at ...
by Kamboja
16 Jul 2011 22:28
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Serial Blasts in Mumbai
Replies: 1252
Views: 83828

Re: Serial Blasts in Mumbai

India and the world will at some level have to deal and address Literal Islam. Literal Islam is at odds with pluralist, secular setups. No pluralist and secular type setup can forever exist with literal Islam as the latter is meant to subsume the former. This thing about 'wiping out Muslims' is not...
by Kamboja
17 Jun 2011 19:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis
Replies: 4002
Views: 177314

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis

Apologies if posted before -- but I find Pat Condell an incredibly eloquent critic of the more aggressive aspects of Islamism. Highly recommend checking out his other vids, in this one he's talking about Islamic cultural terrorism and Islamophobia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=377kKBi6anQ&feat...
by Kamboja
08 Jun 2011 20:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 30, 2011
Replies: 2853
Views: 237809

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 30, 20

http://pakteahouse.net/2011/06/06/pakistan-and-principle-of-hegelian-contradiction/ From the chai ghar. A reminder to me that there are still a few in that benighted land who can see the inherent problem of Pakistan -- it is these few islands of (relative) enlightenment who will need to lead the mas...

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