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The Israeli government's recent announcement of Army order No. 1,650 was just the latest act of provocation in a series of calculated measures to derail any possible resumption of peace negotiations. Under this new draconian measure, anyone who doesn't have a "permit" to be in the West Bank is to be considered an "infiltrator" and subject to expulsion or risk up to seven years in jail.

Expulsions and deportations are not something new for the Israeli military administrative system which was established in 1969, shortly after the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six-Day War. At the time, the Israeli military was given the legal power to expel "infiltrators" without trial for various unspecified "security reasons."

Two particular Palestinian communities will be impacted by order No. 1,650: Palestinians with Gaza residencies and Palestinians with East Jerusalem residencies, as well as foreign-born residents of the West Bank. But many Palestinian and Israeli experts believe that it's the foreigners living amongst Palestinians who are the real target of the Netanyahu government. Many believe that this is part of an ongoing Israeli effort to silence dissent and crack down on international solidarity members and activists who travel to Palestinian areas to support protests and rallies, often bringing with them the eyes of the outside world.

Now that Israel has almost completed its "Separation Wall", it wants to build a "Wall of Silence" and control the flow of information and limit the presence of foreign-born eyewitnesses on the ground. The question is, why now?

A "White Intifada" has begun to take hold in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Every Thursday and Friday, Palestinian peace activists, accompanied by members of the Israeli Peace Now movement and B'Tselem, as well as international supporters, gather to demonstrate against what they term as Israel's "Apartheid Wall" and land and home confiscations in the villages of Bil'in, Naalin, and the Sheikh Jarah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Two months ago, I witnessed a Friday demonstration in Sheikh Jarah where settlers tried to provoke peaceful demonstrators by harassing and spitting on them while Israeli Police and border patrol units watched from across the street. I was impressed by the demonstrators' calm and unfazed demeanor. Similarly, at the villages of Bil'in and Naalin, peaceful demonstrators have been brutally beaten and arrested by the Israeli army. Nevertheless, more keep coming back every week.

In February a Czech volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement was taken in the night from her house in Ramallah and deported by Israeli forces. This new order will give a blanket legal cover to the Israeli police and army to instantly deport foreign activists and aid workers spotted at demonstrations. Last December, at another demonstration I covered at Erez (Gaza-Israel Crossing), Israeli police did not engage the peaceful demonstrators who gathered calling for an end of the siege on Gaza. Instead, policemen were busy videotaping those who showed up, especially foreign nationals. Interestingly enough my Israeli Press Card was indefinitely delayed for renewal after my coverage of that story, but that's another subject on its own.

For years I've been hearing the popular question usually posed by Americans, "Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?"

During the past two trips that I've made to the Palestinian territories and Israel, I think that I discovered him/her in the eyes of the many peaceful demonstrators against the Israeli occupation. Nonviolent resistance could be the biggest threat to Israel's ability to justify it's continued military aggression and occupation of Palestinian lands. Order No. 1,650 is to neutralize the movement by deporting Gandhi.

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Originally posted to mosaicnews on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 05:24 PM PDT.

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  •  Where is a Palestinian Gandhi (23+ / 0-)

    is not a phrase that Palestinian human rights activists should feel compelled to respond to.

    Insisting on relinquishing the Palestinian right to self defense is yet another way of stripping Palestinians of their human rights.

    Robust self defense is a civil right especially for the Palestinians and after many generations of violent racism perpetrated against this refugee community.

    Previously I posted under the user name palestinian professor, which is now deprecated. I now post under my late grandfather's name simone daud.

    by simone daud on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 05:35:36 PM PDT

  •  Quit India, was Gandhi's demand for the British (14+ / 0-)

    to quit India.

    In contrast, the Israelis are now demanding that Palestinians quit Palestine.

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 05:37:23 PM PDT

    •  problem remains the layers of myth (11+ / 0-)
      surrounding the establishment of the state of Israel. For example, this past week I had a discussion with a Tribulationist who holds the Bible to be inerrant.
      It was his view that the Second Diaspora completely depopulated the land and that it remained unoccupied until 1947, except for nomadic bedouins and Ottoman merchants whose true homes were in Instanbul. The land was empty so the settlers were merely fulfilling the biblical injunction.

      He denied that there were any land deeds or that the Ottomans kept such records and that all deeds began with the state of Israel and earlier deeds, if not forgeries were invalidated.
      And so it went, though it was amazing to me how much of the vocabulary used to justify the settling of the US West was once again in use in describing the "settlement" of Israel
       

      •  GIven whom you were talking to... (1+ / 0-)
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        For example, this past week I had a discussion with a Tribulationist who holds the Bible to be inerrant.

        ...it isn't surprising that you came away unsatisfied.

        When your dream comes true, you're out one dream --The Nields

        by Rich in PA on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:28:52 PM PDT

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      •  The "a land without a people" bs has gone on for (8+ / 0-)

        so long.  I guess the reason why Israel supports some of Turkey's more unethical stances (Armenian genocide denial and such) is because they still hold all the records to the deeds of the population before Zionist colonialism.

        I guess that is also why Israel had to apologize to them as well for it's latest diplomatic actions.  Since the Turkish archives would once and for all cripple the myths regarding the history of the land.

        •  listening to commentators on (2+ / 0-)
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          IBA TV, the idea that the land was empty (like the Great American Desert which was really the American Midwest and Plains) remains a strong idea even today, Some of the commentators seem to insist that even today that the lands that are being occupied by settlers in the WB are still empty and any Palestinians are either transients, squatters or there illegally,  

    •  Thus delaying the independence of India (0+ / 0-)

      by over a decade and causeing millions of deaths.

  •  Good diary (7+ / 0-)

    I am not familiar with your work, but would like to read more about your coverage, do you have a site you write for or a blog?

  •  Echoes of the US civil rights movement (9+ / 0-)

    Two months ago, I witnessed a Friday demonstration in Sheikh Jarah where settlers tried to provoke peaceful demonstrators by harassing and spitting on them while Israeli Police and border patrol units watched from across the street. I was impressed by the demonstrators' calm and unfazed demeanor. Similarly, at the villages of Bil'in and Naalin, peaceful demonstrators have been brutally beaten and arrested by the Israeli army. Nevertheless, more keep coming back every week.

    In a way, Hamas is analogous to a by-any-means-necessary Malcolm X, so I hope the Palestinians can find their MLK, Rosa Parks, or even their Nelson Mandela.

    •  Why? (4+ / 0-)

      When will Israel find their MLK? When will America? We killed ours. We have a massive army that MLK thought was terrible.

      Yes, I wish things were a bit more peaceful. But it isn't like this is a one way argument.

      America did not use peaceful means to stop the Axis powers. They used brute force. We dropped nukes on two cities killing thousands of civilians.

      So when we find a way to live up to MLK and Ghandi, then we can call on others to do so.

      However, reality has Bolton and Liz Cheney and AEI and FOX news and pundits in the WP and NYT calling for as many wars and bombings as we can.

    •  Peaceful struggle does not work (2+ / 0-)
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      unless it is backed up with violence or the threat of violence.  This gives people the option to choose peace instead of violent revolution and overthrow.  But this only works in full fledged democracies.

      As I said, this strategy only works in free and open societies.  It doesn't work to well when said society becomes narrower and narrower in pursuit of nationalism and the security of it's body politic.

      In such states, violence is welcome so as to marginalize other paths that do not support the nationalistic ends of the body politic.  In doing so, those that support alternative paths become perceived enemies of the state and the people.  Since in the body politic their is not much difference between the views of the citizen and the policy of the state.

      In situations where there is no form of wiggle room to institute change.  Where the state and the people are so intertwined.  There is no use for both peace and violent concurrent struggles.  The only method the oppressed have is to pick one and go for it.  Otherwise they will lose as they will be divided and conquered.

      Anyways I prob don't know what I'm talking about.

  •  Hysteria in search of a reason (2+ / 0-)
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    You can argue endlessly about Order No. 1650 but neither you nor I know what it will be used for.

    And newsflash for you - you're not gonna get a lot of sympathy from Israelis by screeching about the "unjust" deportation of ISM members. They enter Israel under false pretenses so their deportation is entirely within the law.

    "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

    by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 05:47:06 PM PDT

    •  Huh? (10+ / 0-)

      We can't complain that a policy is ripe for abuse until the abuse has already happened?

      “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

      by Jyrinx on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:21:16 PM PDT

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      •  No, you can't claim anything (1+ / 0-)
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        until that thing has actually occurred. Doing so is generally referred to as "conjecture."

        "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

        by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:41:19 PM PDT

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        •  it has rendered thousands (13+ / 0-)

          of Palestinians illegal residents of Palestine, while at the same time it does not affect Jews livening in the occupied territories because they are not subject to the law.

          So the legal system has with this order moved further toward the emerging Apartheid system.

          One thing we can guarantee is that if and when this order is implemented many in the US will feel morally compelled  to support the implementation and argue that it simply has become the law of the land: as you have on many other issues  regarding Palestinian suffering in Palestine.

          Previously I posted under the user name palestinian professor, which is now deprecated. I now post under my late grandfather's name simone daud.

          by simone daud on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:53:01 PM PDT

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    •  I think the diary confuses two things (3+ / 0-)
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      Israel's occupation of the West Bank is stupid, racist, and generally inane.  But it strikes me as, well, just plain inane to complain that an occupying power chooses to deport third-party nationals who show up with the sole and explicit purpose of protesting the occupation.  What the hell would you expect an occupying power to do?  I'd say deportation is pretty mild.

      Protest the overall situation, rather than silly stuff that, taken in isolation, doesn't reflect especially badly on you adversary.

      When your dream comes true, you're out one dream --The Nields

      by Rich in PA on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:27:49 PM PDT

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    •  the ol' Outside Agitators complaint (10+ / 0-)

      Why is shane supporting the rights of the Occupiers to decide who visits the Occupied?

      who  cares what some Israelis (not all Israelis, because more than a few support peace and justice) and rich fools  think of ISM.

      I think perhaps we should listen to the Palestinians and who they wish to stand with them.

      A common theme in much southern opposition to the civil rights activities of the early 1960s was that the "trouble" was due to the invasion by "outside agitators." 1 Central to the theme was that otherwise contented southern blacks were being led, or misled, into protest by these radical outsiders with no understanding of the South. A prototypical comment was by Governor George Wallace of Alabama, who referred to those who marched in Birmingham in 1963 as "agitators . . . who seek to destroy law
      in Alabama" ( New York Times 1963a), and asserted that "an overwhelming majority of the people [in Birmingham] are fed up with these demonstra­tions" ( New York Times 1963b). Senator Talmadge of Georgia ( Douglas & Talmadge 1960) had earlier lamented the arrival of the "social reformers and agitators" while also castigating the Supreme Court for its school inte­gration decision based on nothing other than "sociological and psycho­logical theories." 2 The outside agitator theme was reprised by Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett when he proclaimed that ". . . the vast majority of
      the colored people of this state have turned their backs on the motley crew of invaders of our state. We will not hermit outsiders to subvert our people
      and our rights" ( Huie 1964 , p. 226).  

      Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

      by Tom J on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:02:46 PM PDT

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    •  a clear statement in support of Occupation. (3+ / 0-)
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      thanks for your honesty, shane.
      you clearly support Israeli rule over the West Bank and Gaza, because here you are saying that Israel should have the choice as to who enters the West Bank and Gaza, not Palestinians.

      Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

      by Tom J on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:41:53 PM PDT

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      •  Tom - into what airport do ISM members fly? n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

        by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:59:33 PM PDT

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        •  they sometimes enter through (2+ / 0-)
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          Jordan, and if they tell the truth about their intention to observe human rights abuses, they will be turned away by the Occupation Army that you support. So they lie. It is sometimes the most honorable thing to do. But here, Israel has the choice as to who enters the West Bank.

          sometimes internationals go through the airport in Tel Aviv, where there is a greater chance of eventually making it to the West Bank. again, of course, they lie.

          Why should anyone help the oppressors by telling the truth, when it will help to facilitate the denial of basic human rights abuses to done without international presence or witness.

          you may think that's a great idea. but human rights groups are united in condemning the obstacles Israel places in the way of human rights defenders. including the arrests, deportations, and the occasional killing and maiming.

          Israel and its supporters are determined to silence international criticism, and will resort to any tactic to ending the presence of international observers.

          Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

          by Tom J on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:11:58 PM PDT

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          •  Lying to customs officials in the United States (1+ / 0-)
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            notwisconsin

            or immigration officials for that matter, is an act punishable by jail time. And ISM members bitch that they get deported for doing so?

            Whatever, with the elastic sense of ethics you have, which is essentially - the ends justify the means - there's no point in arguing with you on this issue.

            "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

            by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:16:15 PM PDT

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            •  you just can't stand the idea of people (3+ / 0-)
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              capelza, thethinveil, General Choomin

              witnessing the systematic racism and oppression of the State.

              are you not concerned that Israel will deport people for telling the truth, that they care about the human rights of Palestinians?

              why do you think it appropriate for Israel to refuse to allow those who care about Palestinians into the West Bank and Gaza?

              i think the answer is obvious, but you may want to share your answer. fun seeing you lie and deceive.

              Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

              by Tom J on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:34:39 PM PDT

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              •  The ends justify the means Tom (1+ / 0-)
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                volleyboy1

                You just told me that. It's your philosophy.

                But you know what? That's a sword that cuts both ways. Remember that for the future.

                "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

                by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:42:40 PM PDT

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                •  Me? you support war and violence and occupation (2+ / 0-)
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                  capelza, General Choomin

                  and you question my ethics?
                  You oppose a multitude of human rights organizations that have protested Israel's refusal to allow human rights observers into Occupied Palestine. You stand with The Occupation.

                  at least abnLefty and oldskool are much more honest about it, on  a consistent basis.

                  Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

                  by Tom J on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 08:06:49 AM PDT

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                  •  And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to... Tom J!!! (0+ / 0-)

                    For his memorable performance in "How Dare You Question My Ethics!"

                    Stop clutching your pearls. It's completely obvious and embarrassing.

                    "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

                    by Shane Hensinger on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 04:51:35 PM PDT

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        •  So put in a functional airport (4+ / 0-)
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          into the West Bank that Israel does not control.  The one in Gaza was toasted by the IDF, and the waters off of Gaza are mainly sealed.

      •  Nobody supports Israeli rule over Gaza (0+ / 0-)

        It's not occupied by Israel.

    •  civil rights workers lied to Alabama (5+ / 0-)

      cops too, when they were stopped on the highway.
      it was a good idea to do that. and god bless them.

      Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -MLK

      by Tom J on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:43:13 PM PDT

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  •  They deported Mubarak Awad (nt) (4+ / 0-)
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  •  Just another regulation to foster (6+ / 0-)
    radicalism. Since Obama's summit on nuclear weapons, the Isreali press has stressed that the country is very happy with the status quo and see no reason to change any of the "realities on the ground" as settlers take up more and more of the WB and the ongoing "quiet war" with the Palestinians ensure that those in power in the Knesset will be able to retain public approval and power.

    Most interesting is the Israeli stance on their policy of nuclear ambuiguity and a nuke free ME. OTOH, they hold that only the veiled threat of 200 nukes have held their neighbors at bay since 1972 (this is quite debatatable) and today is the only thing to keep Egyptian, Saudi, Syrian, Lebanese, Iranian, and N Korean conventional forces from pouring over the border.

    Yep, in the face of wanting the rest of the world to sign onto the NPT and have complete transparency in their programs, the Israelis will retain their policy of ambuguity because it is only nukes which will daunt the extistential enemies of Israel such as Iran, N Korea, and the Palestinians.

    Nowhere is there a realization that for the Israelis to hold a "hot" stokpile makes them as vulnerable in some ways as Pakistan to having radicals coopt nuclear material for a terror strike. In Pakistan there is concern that Lashkar-e-Taiba might gain such control but it is never mentioned that radical Isreali settler groups may wish to aqcuire access to nuclear facilities.

    In short,outside of Israel, it is seen that Israeli policy must conform to the majority policy which their officials are resisting.

    In the meantime, news reports are that there are 4 camps in the Obama team regarding the I/P question with the military advocating the problem be resolved quickly, no matter the means; the Mitchell camp which wishes to continue negotiating to negotiate the contents of any future negotiations; a hawkish compenent which argues that US interests are exactly the same as Israeli interests, and finally, Obama's POV himself, where it appears he is experiencing some intellectual problems with the current Israeli policy and its inherent hypocrisy.

    Only time will tell which avenue will be the one pursued but it is certain that 8 years of Cheney and Bolton and other neocon hawks have damaged severely whatever mechanism for resolution in the region which every existed    

    •  India also didn't sign the NPT (3+ / 0-)
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      Funny - you never see any diaries here on the threat their nuclear arsenal presents.

      "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

      by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 06:52:24 PM PDT

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      •  Number of diaries from Shane Hensinger (4+ / 0-)
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        protesting the Indian nose-thumbing at the NPT, or India's nuclear arsenal:

        0.

        Of course, maybe Shane supports it.  Neocons and neoliberals do tend to, after all.

        •  I do support India's right to defend itself (2+ / 0-)
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          notwisconsin, volleyboy1

          It being the world's largest democracy and all - something (democracy) I know you hate with a deep and abiding passion.

          "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

          by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:30:41 PM PDT

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            •  OK (0+ / 0-)

              I also think the issue of "nuclear proliferation" is more a cure in search of a problem. I know from quantitative analysis that nuclear weapons introduce an element of stability in state-to-state relations. Therefore I am not hysterical about the possibility of Iran obtaining one nor of Israel having its own arsenal.

              Oh - and lot of this rhetoric is exactly the same as that used 60 years ago.

              "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

              by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:37:31 PM PDT

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          •  I wouldn't worry about (1+ / 0-)
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            what corvo thinks - he just uprated a comment saying Avatar was better than Hurt Locker or District 9. Now of course if it wasn't in a discussion with me he wouldn't touch that with a pole - but, he will pretty much uprate anything as long as I am on the other side of the argument. It is kind of funny. No principle, no taste is too low - witness his uprate of elishastephans as long as it runs counter to me. Pretty freakin' funny actually.

            You keep saying that it's not possible right now. Ya think, Captain Obvious? unspeakable to me in a Fry'd Daze diary

            by volleyboy1 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 07:35:56 PM PDT

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          •  The biggest democracy with the biggest active (1+ / 0-)
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            Maoist insurgency in the world.  Which most Indians have seen to be a bigger threat then foreign terrorism and Pakistan.

            Indian surely needs those nukes to defend itself from itself.  

            •  Which borders a state with a first-strike policy (1+ / 0-)
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              volleyboy1

              on the use of nuclear weapons.

              Does your strategic thinking know no bounds?

              "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

              by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 08:56:39 PM PDT

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              •  And yet... (0+ / 0-)

                It was the most significant government setback in the undeclared war between the two Indias. The Maoists thrive in the "other" India — the one that is impoverished and left behind as one-fifth of the country's populace has begun to thrive, while the other 800 million suffer with growing resentment from chronic poverty and live without electricity, roads, hospitals, proper sanitation or clean water — the classic breeding ground for left-wing extremist violence. As Mao himself prescribed in 1927, "It's necessary to bring about a brief reign of terror in every rural area ... To right a wrong it is necessary to exceed the proper limit." Naxalism, as Indian Maoism is also called — after a village named Naxalbari at the movement's origins — has rapidly outstripped the insurgencies in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast India. Maoists have a presence in at least 16 of India's 28 states, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Naxalism as the "biggest internal security challenge" that faces the country.

                Read more: http://www.time.com/...

                •  "internal" (0+ / 0-)

                  Being the key word in the PM's statement.

                  Fact - Pakistan, because India has a far larger conventional army, has said explicitly that it will use nuclear weapons in the event of a conflict between the two states which it feels "threatens" the existence of the state.

                  Were I the leader of India I'd too chose to keep my nuclear deterrent.

                  "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

                  by Shane Hensinger on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 09:21:12 PM PDT

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        •  qwerty (0+ / 0-)
          India will never sign an NPT where China is accorded the "recognized nuclear power" status and India isn't.

          If equal status with China is given in a reworded NPT and India is given a seat on the UNSC, then India will probably sign it, provided Pakistan, India's other self-appointed mortal enemy, signs it as well.

          Please see related post (on China and Pakistan's nuclear proliferation regime since 1982) here: China went nuclear in 1964, forcing India's hand. http://www.dailykos.com/...

          Did you know that Indians invented the # 0 and the decimal/binary systems: a primer on Indian mathematics.

          by iceweasel on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 11:01:00 PM PDT

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      •  This diary is about the Middle East (3+ / 0-)
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        not South East Asia.  

      •  India should also sign the NPT (0+ / 0-)

        The bush administration and the war on terror helped neuter the NPT because of the war on terror.  Giving them a pass just like Israel.  

        That is no excuse.  Since we now are in a bind between India, Pakistan, and China on any future outbreaks of hostilities.  

        Disregarding sound policy in order to placate an ally in the present does extraordinary amounts of harm to our future.  Since it reduces such important treaties to toilet paper.  

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