Harpal Bector wrote:Dear Karan M,
I think we will just have to agree to disagree on the comparison issue.
The facts speak for themselves so an agree to disagree on this board won't count for much as versus the justified pride the Punjab Police will have on their performance, the proper chain of command and the manner in which they got the job done. The GOI's clear involvement and prompt directions throughout.
The buffoonery extended to then GOI which was hopelessly outmatched by the attack and the then NSA and the entire apparatus ran around like headless chickens.
Hasan Gafoor was indicted in Pradhan commission report on lack of leadership during the Mumbai terror attacks.
Narayanan was the biggest gainer from the scandalous inadequacies of the UPA government's first home minister, Shivraj Patil, when he assumed the role of intelligence czar by having both the IB and RAW report to him. Alongwith Patil he should have been roasted for 26/ 11, but escaped.
Generally speaking I will attempt to steer clear of contentious issues, I hope you will do the same.
If you don't write obnoxious posts, posters won't intercede. Not particularly hard to understand.
Yes, there are other ways is this way that much worse than what is proposed by others? The notion of unacceptable costs and uncertain gain is clouding the perception of this option. In the context of this SG(F) option, what can be done to make the costs of this option seem just as acceptable as that of other options? is there some technology that might be critical to achieving a level of acceptability?
It is worse because till this date no way has been found by all sorts of well funded agencies worldwide to achieve this sort of capability and reliably deploy it. The risks however when it fails can also be high when attempts are made to capture folks at high risk and then make this sort of effort a routine one with risks taken by those who cannot even deploy firepower to protect their own selves. Sort of like the disastrous run into the Golden Temple with zero firepower by the Para guys with every terrorist firing at them. For what purpose.
This sort of ivory tower stuff reminds me of people who ask "why didn't they shoot him in the foot" when discussing why the SF shot a terrorist in actual combat conditions.
Why should one proceed with the SG(F) option when it does not give India much apart from the "naming/shaming" part and can be offset with better investments in Humint assets on the other side of the border & also ratchet up capabilities for dissuasion.
That was my reading as well. So with that in mind - what link can one make between the LeT and the Gurdaspur attackers that will be considered "overwhelming"? That currently remains a bit of a gray area.
There is no evidence we can present that Pakistan will agree to. As to what links are there, Shri Rajnath Singhs comments and those of others clearly indicate the actual folks in the current GOI know what is what. Its another matter as to what form our dissuasion or vengeance should take as versus yesteryears dossier diplomacy.