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by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 16:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9716
Views: 470013

Re: Levant crisis - III

The path followed by that road is interesting. Why does it follow the Tigris from Baghdad to Mosul & then turn southwest? The natural ancient roads, IIRC, used to follow the Euphrates from west of Babylon (southwest of today's Baghdad) to Zeugma (east of Aleppo). Why is the current road so zigzag?
by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 01:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 1638
Views: 140509

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

I don't understand the question. Why would any creditor willingly destroy collateral ?? When the only way to recover anything from the investment on the bridge is not by tolls (good luck to anyone collecting anything in Pakistan), current or future, but by selling (the section) of the bridge for sc...
by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 01:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive
Replies: 513
Views: 30793

Re: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive

“ If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation. ” This has to be a sick joke. Pakistanis harbouring bin Laden didn't have any repercussions for US-Pakistani ...
by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 01:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 1638
Views: 140509

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

@Suraj,
If the Pakistanis refuse/fail to pay up, can the creditor dynamite that section of the highway/bridge that has been pledged? Or is the poor creditor only limited to collecting tolls (assuming that anyone can collect anything in Pakistan) in that section of the highway/bridge?
by Shanmukh
25 Nov 2017 23:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 688
Views: 65911

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

@Peregrine
Thanks very much, saar.
by Shanmukh
25 Nov 2017 03:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 638
Views: 73102

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Pak is fretting because India may be asked for boots on ground and joint ops with NATO. Hectic activity/lobbying between Beijing & Riyad. PRC was asked to cover/deploy in FATA/NWFP. Can't see how it is conceivable. Just to provide an update on this. Spoke to someone who is a go-between between ...
by Shanmukh
25 Nov 2017 03:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 688
Views: 65911

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

@ArjunPandit Thanks very much, saar.
by Shanmukh
24 Nov 2017 22:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 688
Views: 65911

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

@Suraj
Thanks for answering my question with the fantastic research on the UK vote.

@A Nandy
The article is behind a paywall for me. What does it say?
by Shanmukh
21 Nov 2017 01:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 688
Views: 65911

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

How come Somalia got elected so easily? Is there some kind of quota system in ICJ too, which makes India face off against the UK (maybe the Commonwealth seat)?
by Shanmukh
14 Nov 2017 00:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 314
Views: 29164

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

@JEM, Thanks for your answer. With all this turmoil in Saudi & all the rest, with Qatar outraged, can Iran pursue a Shia spring in Bahrain? How feasible is it? On a side note, JEM, you may well be right. A Lebanese Christian colleague's famly has come here on `vacation' (in the middle of winter,...
by Shanmukh
06 Nov 2017 02:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 314
Views: 29164

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Plane transporting eight Saudi officials including Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin, reportedly crashed near Abha

https://twitter.com/IsraelHatzolah/stat ... 7886689280

JEM saar,
You were dead right about the coming turbulence. What does this portend? Whose side was this character on?
by Shanmukh
31 Oct 2017 17:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782537

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

If Pakistan uses China against India in the Masood Azhar case so as to hurt our counter-terrorism operations, we should use China's Brahmaputra misadventure to hurt Pakistan in the IWT case. After all, Terroristan is today a part of China (what we don't know is whether it is the 23rd province or th...
by Shanmukh
28 Sep 2017 09:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Islamists marched off the Hindus, cut the throats of the men & threw them into pits. They then ordered the terrified survivors to tell everyone that the Buddhists butchered them. The Burmese Buddhists are guarding the mass graves, lighting fires to keep the wild dogs away from the Hindu bodies. ...
by Shanmukh
26 Sep 2017 14:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Many Hindu refugees confirm that they were attacked by the Rohingyas and not by the Burmese army. Multiple witnesses independently point out that the Hindus were attacked & slaughtered by the Rohingyas. In the meantime, Hindus are being slaughtered in refugee camps in Bangladesh by Rohingyas. ht...
by Shanmukh
24 Sep 2017 21:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

28 Hindus (including 20 women, & 8 men, including 6 boys under the age of 10) found slaughtered by Rohingyas & dumped in a mass grave by the Myanmarese army.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 817933.cms
by Shanmukh
14 Sep 2017 19:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3559
Views: 176625

Re: Internal Security Watch

Cross posted from the Rohingya thread. Rohingya (or maybe Rohingya pasand) terrorists planned to attack the Mahabodhi temple to protest against Burmese atrocities on the Rohingya. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/two-suspected-terrorist-arrested-from-gaya-in-bihar/article19681959.e...
by Shanmukh
14 Sep 2017 19:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Rohingya (or maybe Rohingya pasand) terrorists planned to attack the Mahabodhi temple to protest against Burmese atrocities on the Rohingya. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/two-suspected-terrorist-arrested-from-gaya-in-bihar/article19681959.ece The interesting thing is - the guy w...
by Shanmukh
14 Sep 2017 19:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Here is an interesting point. Suu Kyi links the attacks on the Buddhists & the Hindus to western aid organisations. Looks like the colour revolution fomenting scum are playing their part in Burma too. http://www.smh.com.au/world/myanmars-aung-san-suu-kyi-links-terrorist-attacks-to-aid-workers-in...
by Shanmukh
11 Sep 2017 05:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Lord Buddha would have helped the Rohingyas, says Dalai Lama. But he cleverly doesn't say to whom the whole thing is addressed - Burma or India. http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/lord-buddha-would-have-helped-rohingya-muslims-says-dalai-lama-1748490 Russia as usual has no such qualms. Dozens of those p...
by Shanmukh
11 Sep 2017 05:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

As usual, the Brits, especially their activists, seem to be on the side of the Jihadis.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/u ... 12076.html
by Shanmukh
10 Sep 2017 22:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9716
Views: 470013

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha,
If the ISIS evaporate & SDF/FSA take over the Anbar border, won't it blow US credibility about ISIS to pieces? Thus far, they maintained some amount of plausible deniability, no?
by Shanmukh
10 Sep 2017 22:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9716
Views: 470013

Re: Levant crisis - III



Does this mean that the Shia crescent is toast? Or do the SAA & its affiliates control any part of the Iraq border?
by Shanmukh
10 Sep 2017 22:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Gyan wrote:Why is ISI getting involved in Burma and Philipines? What is the benefit to Pakistan?


My guess: they have been rented. Probably by China. Also, I have not seen any news that Sittwe or China pipelines have been damaged. Rohingyas may be China's `stick' to control the Burmese.
by Shanmukh
09 Sep 2017 01:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

27,000 Hindus & Buddhists chased out of Rakhine by the ARSA. However, our media bleeds only for the Rohingyas.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/in ... 039b45d76b
by Shanmukh
09 Sep 2017 01:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Here is Herr Shiv Vishwanathan, pontificating on the problems faced by the Rohingya. BTW, did this swine talk about the Hindus chased out of the NE by his EJ friends? Or Hindus chased out of Kashmir by his Islamist friends? http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/there-is-a-rohingya-in-all-of-us/articl...
by Shanmukh
09 Sep 2017 01:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Chindu bats for Rohingya & says why deporting them will be `difficult'.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/d ... 631400.ece
by Shanmukh
08 Sep 2017 02:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Why are the Burmese trying to kick out Rohingyas who have lived in Myanmar for over 100 years? Sure they were immigrants from Bengal once but are the Burmese really expecting Bangladesh, India etc to house these people in 2017? It's in India's interests to keep them where they are. There are also l...
by Shanmukh
08 Sep 2017 01:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Myanmar news and discussion
Replies: 526
Views: 447038

Re: India-Myanmar news and discussion

Ramana-garu, West sees its chance of breaking up our NE & N Burma into dozens of small states. Why wouldn't they support the JIhadis & EJs? BBC is just espousing western interest. If the region breaks up giving them a big handle in the area via the Jihadis & EJs, what is there for them t...
by Shanmukh
08 Sep 2017 01:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

UB-saar, Indo-Burmese collaboration on counter-terror is vital, yes & it will be great if we can build a strong anti-terror force, but I don't think anyone is going to thank us for it - may be not even the Burmese. They are also worried about what we intend in this destabilised areas as they hav...
by Shanmukh
07 Sep 2017 22:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

In 1971 we should have retained the North Bangladesh to widen the chicken neck and Chittagong hills which has non-Muslim character. Widening the chicken's neck is what retaining Tetulia, Patgram, etc would have done. It was also Hindu majority in 1947, BTW & was given to E Pak for contiguity pu...
by Shanmukh
07 Sep 2017 21:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Should have left the IA in western Bangladesh in '71 and created a true fvcking buffer zone. Hindus+Buddhists+Animists were ~25% of Bangladesh in 1971. We should have taken 25% of BD as Dharmic territory & left the rest to rot with Pakistan. The Madhumati line in the south west was the real Hin...
by Shanmukh
07 Sep 2017 21:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Thanks to Rudradev-ji for bringing this up. Already they have begun targeting the Hindus of Rakhine. Hindus are <1% of Rakhine; so they are not a factor at all in the conflict. However, Rohingya terrorists deliberately targeted them, killing many & expelling thousands, some of whom are being she...
by Shanmukh
04 Sep 2017 09:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9716
Views: 470013

Re: Levant crisis - III

@UB-saar, Singha-saar,
Thanks for the info. If Deir az Zor is relieved, what comes next? Idlib? Or will they try to take full control of the Euphrates valley?
by Shanmukh
04 Sep 2017 09:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 4092

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

How much detergent does North Korea have? What can they take out before they are wiped out? Seoul? Tokyo? Guam? California? What?
by Shanmukh
03 Sep 2017 07:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9716
Views: 470013

Re: Levant crisis - III

Singha-saar, You have been doing a fantastic job tracking the Syrian & Iraqi conflicts. A question for you. Assuming that the Deir az Zor siege is lifted, what happens to the ISIS? Can they retreat anywhere from Deir az Zor or is it the end of the line for them? BTW, that Deir az Zor siege is pr...
by Shanmukh
29 Aug 2017 19:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782537

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

slight correction Ramana. Stalin did not kill Beria. Beria was arrested by none other than Marshall Zhukov after stalin died.And than he was executed but not by stalin. Stalin had started undermining Beria in the years before Stalin's death. In 1946 Abakumov had replaced Beria as head of the NKVD -...
by Shanmukh
29 Aug 2017 19:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782537

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Shanmukh and SureshS, Thanks for the details but the end was right, no? There are purges and some times violent. UB #2 was charged with corruption and set aside already. Yes, Ramana-ji. The Soviets never tolerated weakness & failure. Their leaders were like lion tamers in a circus. They had hug...
by Shanmukh
29 Aug 2017 03:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782537

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Interesting point, Ramana-garu. Just a couple of minor nits, though Or look at Soviet Union - Stalin kills Trotsky, Beria Stalin didn't kill Beria. Beria (a Georgian like Stalin) was head of NKVD till the death of Stalin & quite a close confidante, though there are rumours that he & Stalin h...
by Shanmukh
14 Aug 2017 02:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782537

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Chinese start building a bridge near LAC in Ladakh. Looks like they want to move the hotspot elsewhere. Do they have local superiority in this sector in a possible shooting war?

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/indi ... 25376.html
by Shanmukh
08 Aug 2017 04:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782537

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

A massive heliborne operation might be an option but retaining the element of surprise would be near impossible. And unless total surprise is achieved, the assault force would need to run a brutal air defence gauntlet, at the end of which the landing troops would still have only minimal logistical ...

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