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by JE Menon
23 Sep 2017 22:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2254
Views: 351414

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

A civilian in Arnia showing unexploded mortars fired by pakis. They are deliberately targeting civilians Why is he handling the shells like that? Damn things may still go off.. :-( Arent the people whose fields these things land in supposed to turn it in to the bomb squad or something? I think the ...
by JE Menon
23 Sep 2017 22:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 566
Views: 54581

Re: The Rohingya Menace

^^Voters? Are you their votary?
by JE Menon
20 Sep 2017 19:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 566
Views: 54581

Re: The Rohingya Menace

SS - I have cut-paste your two part reply to Hindu editorials on Twitter
A concise and brilliant summation.
by JE Menon
18 Sep 2017 19:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: China's Global Strategy-I
Replies: 35
Views: 3060

Re: China's Global Strategy-I

^^^indeed. An education.
by JE Menon
17 Sep 2017 20:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

>> but in the end PLA shall do as the CCP commands..

"the end" is becoming harder and harder to define....
by JE Menon
16 Sep 2017 23:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5036
Views: 298088

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Speaking of horses, this is about their global origin in India http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/10564/20141121/horse-rhino-origins-tracked-in-india.htm https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141120081752.htm The original study is from Johns Hopkins, suitably chi chi Indeed there were ...
by JE Menon
15 Sep 2017 20:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5036
Views: 298088

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Speaking of horses, this is about their global origin in India

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles ... -india.htm

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 081752.htm

The original study is from Johns Hopkins, suitably chi chi
by JE Menon
15 Sep 2017 14:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1496
Views: 172902

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

A failed chemical terror event?

BBC photographs show a bucket with some sort of bag inside...
by JE Menon
14 Sep 2017 20:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5036
Views: 298088

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Periavare, while I'm thoroughly enjoying your posts please go easy on the rough language - even the Tamil words. Brought a smile to my face, been a long while since I heard that one!!!
by JE Menon
13 Sep 2017 11:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - June 20, 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 281202

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - June 20, 2017

SSridhar wrote:
anupmisra wrote:Stop the presses. This just in...

Indian wants to sabotage CPEC: Ahsan Iqbal
Which Indian?


I think he is referring to our own Peregrine ji because he is the one who is constantly claiming that it would fail, it is not sustainable etc. :rotfl:



Mashallah, Peregrine saar, take a bow!!!
by JE Menon
09 Sep 2017 23:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Myanmar news and discussion
Replies: 528
Views: 450920

Re: India-Myanmar news and discussion

The position taken on Myanmar, combined with the PMs visit, will become a positive turning point in our relationship. There is no question that there is a Pakistani role in Rakhine, and it may be on behalf of the lizard - which is anxious about Myanmar's turn towards normalcy, and therefore declinin...
by JE Menon
09 Sep 2017 22:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?
Replies: 28
Views: 1977

Re: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?

Voted positive. NK's nuclear status has been a fait accompli for a while. Best we can do is increase and make the most of the diplomatic and strategic discomfiture it is going to cause a number of players in the region: China, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan, the US and Russia.
by JE Menon
08 Sep 2017 15:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

>>>There are plenty of indications coming (pouring) that India lost to Han in Doka Lam military stand-off. TKiran, I have been unable to locate any except two where it suggests, not says, India lost in this face-off. Could you link to these plenty of indications that are pouring in? Yes sir, you ha...
by JE Menon
07 Sep 2017 23:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5036
Views: 298088

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Hmmm...because Arrian's history of Alexander came 300-400 years after the fact, and was based on as far as I know a currently unavailable recounting by Ptolemy and Aristobolus. And his speculation on Alexander's reasons for doing things are not exactly based on who told him what. Plus, he wrote in a...
by JE Menon
07 Sep 2017 23:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5036
Views: 298088

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

>>Diodorus Siculus and Arrian (the latter is by far, the most dispassionate telling of history we have from that era)

Regarding Arrian, is it your personal assessment?
by JE Menon
07 Sep 2017 16:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

>>>There are plenty of indications coming (pouring) that India lost to Han in Doka Lam military stand-off.

TKiran, I have been unable to locate any except two where it suggests, not says, India lost in this face-off. Could you link to these plenty of indications that are pouring in?
by JE Menon
07 Sep 2017 16:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5036
Views: 298088

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

^^^>>>Just like how when it comes to engineering, i will overrule 99% people here officially Did I just actually see this...as my former GHQ with poor English used to say: "Somebody bite me" (referring to a mosquito bite, instead of something bit me). That's communist-level confidence ther...
by JE Menon
07 Sep 2017 11:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

Oddly, we haven't heard much commentary about Doklam from Beijing's sweeter than honey, higher than mountains, stronger than steel, slicker than lube iron-bar brother across the Karakoram.
by JE Menon
04 Sep 2017 10:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 4945

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

^^I think a US first strike against North Korea is a distinct possibility, at this point even a probability. The economic dyke against China is an aftermath option, and that will be simply in the form of a tariff on goods aimed at rebalancing the trade deficit - something very very well within Ameri...
by JE Menon
04 Sep 2017 08:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 4945

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

What happens if North Korea launches a "nuclear attack" against international waters, not too far from Guam?

In the escalatory ladder that seems to be an inevitable step, even if not the next one.
by JE Menon
03 Sep 2017 13:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njfWNB5Ua3w

RT on Doklam issue - a debate anchored by George Galloway, of all people.
by JE Menon
03 Sep 2017 13:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

Almost all of these NDTV and Hindu type of journalists have not risen through the ranks on merit - they owe their job to their influential dad pulling the strings. They shine in controlled debates but cut a sorry figure when push comes to shove. If YusufDFI had been put in that debate he would have...
by JE Menon
02 Sep 2017 09:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

They made the mistake of underestimating India. Everyone does, now and then. We are easy to underestimate. We don't mind so much I think, because it is cheaper.
by JE Menon
31 Aug 2017 21:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

One of the Scandinavians has commented most reasonably, all things considered - though one wonders whether Grobar Times will post a loundeye comment.

Not happening. I was told the comment was awaiting approval, and was visible as such. But now disappeared. They are still waiting for the first comment
by JE Menon
30 Aug 2017 10:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - June 20, 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 281202

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - June 20, 2017

^^and even more the Paks are going to use them to kill its own people (nominally), the Baloch. The Russians have a sense of humor. It is entirely possible Russian anti-aircraft missiles will shoot them down too....
by JE Menon
30 Aug 2017 10:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199593

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

If we are looking for pats on the back from white people, our recent colonizers, Stephen Cohen and Robert Baer among others have some good things to say about our bureaucracy and intelligence ... BRF has been saying good things for years now. Even Sharm Al Shaik is now proving useful. Ever heard the...
by JE Menon
29 Aug 2017 10:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - June 20, 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 281202

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - June 20, 2017

Habib Bank is ISI money distributor, launderer, changer, hider, you name it. Has been for long decades.

If true, Amirkhan is beginning to knead Pak cojones threateningly... pakeyes must be starting to glow lound in fearful anticipation of the squeeze
by JE Menon
29 Aug 2017 10:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

Tkiran, No not unthinkable as the Philippines were not occupying it to begin with. That was one kind of experience and drama, testing the waters. Same in Doklam. They changed status quo. Then India changed status quo further on behalf of weaker party and not on its own behalf exclusively. Now both r...
by JE Menon
29 Aug 2017 01:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

^^Indeed Suraj. Goes to show how little the world knows about the country that is supposed to be the next "leader of the world". We shall see, in due course.
by JE Menon
29 Aug 2017 00:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

Sudeepj I am not predicting a power struggle, merely describing one that is already occurring by all indications - such as they are. Of course Xi won, but for how long and where will the next bushfire erupt? The fact that the Doklam incident occurred at all is a suggestion that there is something ou...
by JE Menon
29 Aug 2017 00:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

There are internal issues at the leadership level in China. It is clear. It may be appropriate to observe that the Indian polity is at the moment less liable to sudden flux than China's is. Things are happening between the military and political formations that are hard to parse, but what is gradual...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2017 19:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

One way of looking at it is that it is a 1962 lite. They came into our territory and withdrew. Here we did the same on a smaller scale, but on behalf of a third party - which is worse in a sense.
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2017 19:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5036
Views: 298088

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QSUsKZfoQA Rajiv Malhotra interviews Professor Kameshwari, head KSRI (Kupuswami Shastri Research Institute) in Chennai, probably the leading Sanskritist in India. Excellent interview, worth watching because of the things they are doing. Some of the books mentioned wi...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2017 19:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

The optics at BRICS will be excellent. Doklam brought clarity across the board. It might be said that this was a tactical miscalculation on the part of the Chinese, probably without Beijing's knowledge or approval. When it escalated locally on India's side, New Delhi was far more "together"...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2017 18:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

https://twitter.com/MEAIndia/status/902148971136655360

Further explanation from the MEA

One is tempted to put a grinning smiley out there. There is enough in the tone and content of this for all to be satisfied within reason.
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2017 15:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

>>What has happened is that China and India have both went back to pre June 2017 status quo in the region. There is no explicit Official Statement from both side explicitly stating that both sides have pulled troops back to the June 2017 status qua and also that the PRC has stopped the road buildin...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2017 15:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41070767 The BBC spin is as expected. In these matters, they will tow the party line - i.e. Whitehall dispensation and long-term psyops imperatives. However, the implication of the article, essentially a silly one is that India pulled back for nothing. If that was ...
by JE Menon
28 Aug 2017 15:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920876

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

>>What has happened is that China and India have both went back to pre June 2017 status quo in the region.

This is the only thing we need clarity on.

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