SSridhar wrote:I liked the incensed reaction of Ms. Christine Fair on the Times Now channel last night. Forget about whether the interviewer was suave or not etc. Ms. Fair made it absolutely and unambiguously clear to all of us that the American interests need Pakistan and take priority over anything else. She is right and the American stand is perfectly understandable.
I thought Arnab Goswami did an excellent job on this one. K. C. Singh, the diplomat that he, had to spin what Fair was saying. But Arnab cut through the chase and basically bludgeoned Fair by pointing out that her gobly gook is tantamount to saying that US strategic interests trump TSP terror against India, and India just has to shut up and put up with it. And I liked the way he characterized 26/11 as one of the most barbaric, state-sponsored terrorist acts in history.
I mean, as much as I empathize with Americans on 9/11, but when I hear a condescending b$%^tch like Fair trivialize 26/11 as some kind of a foot note in God's own country, USA's crusade against the myth of omni-potent Al Queda, I get a thrill when someone like Arnab puts a mirror in front of her face so she gets a reality check of the neurotic hyperventilation and tizzy Americans go into on 9/11.
If you have lived in the US you will know the amount of coverage of 9/11, from sympathy the victims, to the bravery and sacrifice of fire fighters on ground zero (no doubt well deserved), to the so called heroism of clowns like Guliani (heck poodle UK even gave that guy some highest Queen’s honor for just showing up and spouting inane jingoistic emotions). I mean the list is endless. A US celebrity gets an extra dose of notoriety by shedding a tear or two reminiscing 9/11 (in contrast to India, where a national hero like Gambhir dedicating India's win to 26/11 victims is considered provocative to the very perpetrators). And I was sort of taken aback with a chuckle that after 10 years of round the clock jingoistic hyperventilation resulting in inerasable myth established in public consciousness on the omni potency of Al Queda and radical Muslim out to destroy western civilization, there was one pompous toady on NPR the other day who suggested that America has not “grieved enough” for the victims of 9/11. And when I juxtapose that kind of obsession with 9/11 to his compatriot pouring scorn and ridicule on Arnab for expressing only a tiny fraction of those sentiments for 26/11, it infuriates me and make me sick to my stomach. But all this means naught, India’s own PM, MMS, has decided to break bread with the perpetrators of 26/11 in his quest for “peace” glory.
For those who criticize Arnab, sometime I agree, but on this one he did an excellent job. And someone said mentioned Charlie Rose. Come on. You wouldn't find a more quintessential establishment media icon that Charlie Rose. All he does is diss out soft balls to his guests, and he never, ever shies away from sticking to the America first, America is right theme. Of course he displays a charm, but that comes with the confidence of representing American power. Arnab or any Indian anchor does not have that luxury. But I repeat Arnab did a good job on this one, and he is much better compared to the other filth on Indian media liek Rajdeep, Bakara etc who will cower before white charm & power, and Paki punches above their weight.