Rampy wrote: shiv wrote:
Please. What is the point of attacking an air base?
To kill cooks?
To call mummy and say "I gonna get houris"
Or to destroy aircraft and airbase installations?
Exactly why AFB, if they indeed wanted to blow Aircraft they could have targeted civilian base or hijacked. My theory Paki fauj has received a very stringent warning on targeting soft targets within India from UNCLE. But they cannot make their pappu sit quite at home. So what they do
I was reading Christian Fair's book on Paki fauj, IMO they wanted to test our response time just like Gurdaspur but this time military response time and what options Doval will use. What we have to see is do we really have option or its bluff
The Pakis have been fighting a war with us for almost 70 yrs and from their twisted POV, it is righteous war. The means are irrelevant and the targets hitherto have been variable and without a specific pattern. The equipment is often sourced from Massa and other Uncles. Having been hit very hard every time there is an overt war, they continue to follow the 'war of a thousand cuts' paradigm.
I suspect after the French attacks in particular, any incident where civilians are specifically targeted is not 'halal' any more and the outrage from not just the Indian public but the world would be severe, defeating any possible 'gains' made by the handlers in Pakistan.
Why an AFB?
1. In any war, attacking a military installation lends credence to the philosophy that it is indeed a war and not simply an act of terror perpetrated by religious fundoos.
2. It wins a lot of brownie points back home among the mango abduls - 'our boys' managed to hit a high powered AFB and "look, it took only six of our martyrs to shut down the entire AFB for days"
3. Massa and other Uncles CAN, if they so choose to, look the other way since only weapons of war were hit and destroyed and in any case, this is just two nations fighting over disputed land.
4. The Pakis do not really want India to retaliate, they are simply testing the waters time and again, especially with a relatively new leadership, to see where the redlines lie. It is thus easier to keep hitting non-civilian targets. Would be that much harder for India to restrain itself if say a school was attacked and a bunch of kids killed (although previous governments did nothing after Kaluchak, Akshardham etc).
Did the terrorists succeed in their mission?
Unfortunately they did manage to kill some of our bravehearts, but it would have been impossible to hope that six mofos with 3000 rounds of ammunition and explosives would not be able to cause any casualties. That they did NOT damage any aircraft or other sensitive equipment classifies their mission as an absolute failure, from where I am standing.
I don't understand all the breast-beating and hyperventilation by all the armchair anal-ists in the media and elsewhere, even here.
You elect a government, you give it your absolute support. You have an army to protect your a$$, you give it your absolute support. In the '65 war (yes, I am old enough to remember), the Indian forces were ill-equipped and ill-prepared, and yet they gave their best to serve the country, winning the war for us. Where is the gratitude now?
Folks forget that we are and have been at a constant war with Pakistan since Independence. Just because their planes are not flying over our skies or their tanks are not rolling over our fields does not mean we lower our guard. This is a different kind of war where the enemy is not clearly visible and has its agents already in our midst.
It would do us jingos a lot of good to sit back and look at the tough job our forces have to do, safeguarding our wellbeing day in and day out. I am seeing too many self-goals being scored here, but that may just be MHO.