Comments on: U.S. on Israel — double standards or a double-edged sword? Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Thu, 15 Jan 2009 19:31:51 +0000 if u want peace
work for justice
– Posted by fashaikh

Wrong. “Si vis pacem, para bellum” – known since the times of ancient Rome. By the way you spell it looks like the probability of you knowing Latin is very low. So here’s the translation: “If you wish for peace, prepare for war”.
And if you happen to encounter a thug armed with a club, or knife, or (in case of Israel) Qassam rocket, you can cry for justice all you want – it won’t help. On the other hand, a Parabellum (aka Luger – istol) would. A Merkava tank would help even more.

By: Guru Mon, 12 Jan 2009 04:00:40 +0000 Pakistani leaders and Pakistani citizens should understand that being a nuke state doesn’t mean that you can do anything to your neighbours.

By: Michael Tue, 06 Jan 2009 19:01:34 +0000 I’m always curious as to what it’s going to take for my fellow americans to change their point of view on Israel. 77 more civilians killed in one day, hundreds killed in a couple weeks of Israeli terror, they’re blocking food support. I can’t imagine any worse version of terror than starving out your enemy, I mean 80% of the people in the Gaza region on partly or fully dependent on those food rations.

It just turns into a chicken-egg argument, who did it first. It’s stupid, for every one person killed by Hamas, the IDF kills 50, Hamas isn’t in the right, both are wrong but it amazes me how we give Israel a pass on everything.

It all stems from soundbites, if Israel blows up a school with one gunman inside and it kills 100 kids also we just brush it off to collateral damage. If a leader of a country says they want Israel gone that’s what we stick to, words are what matter to us, not actions.

By: Matthew L. Tue, 06 Jan 2009 14:45:37 +0000 Power. Israel has it, but uses it sparingly due to international interference. Hamas has very little power and therefore hides behind international interference while being as disruptive as possible to Israel. Hamas and other like minded Palestinian groups are well aware that they will never succeed in taking back Gaza or Golan, but interference from Europe, the US, and other Middle eastern nations empowers them to fight a protracted war with Israel, preventing the onset of any peace. In the end, if real peace is desired, then power must prevail, and either one side or the other must be the victor. Israel has the power; let them use it and they will solve this problem on their own.

By: Garry Sun, 04 Jan 2009 14:01:16 +0000 Palestinian terrorists will massacre all Israeli civilians if given a chance. That is a fact and they already proclaimed this to the world many times. The only reason they have not done this is because the Israelis are better armed and have more accurate weapons. Don’t fool yourselves by supporting these terrorist for they have no respect for anybody and they will kill you too if they have a chance. So, you better wake up and see the reality of the situation. If you give your hands to the Palestinian terrorists or any Islamic terrorist they will surely bite it and eat you too. That is just the fact. Do you think that if any of these Islamic terrorist ever rule your country or wherever you are that it will become a peaceful and kumbaya place. Just look at what the Talibans have done to women and anybody who do not share their beliefs. DEATH and misery, so, make your choice and I hope you don’t get the “herd mentality” as a result of the result of all the biased reporting that is being broadcast by the media. Think for yourself.

By: Robert Pratt Sat, 03 Jan 2009 01:04:24 +0000 …..They say while the United States urged both India and Pakistan to show maximum restraint in the wake of last month’s militant attacks which killed 179 people in Mumbai, the Bush administration was quick to defend Israeli action and condemn Hamas. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe even called the Islamic group “thugs.”

Blindness conveniently afflicts so many people in times like these.

Somehow I doubt that missiles flying over the Pakistan/Indian border from either direction would result in only limited airstrikes. The Mumbai attacks were carried out by non-state terrorists, and showed the faults in both Pakistan and India. In this case, Hamas has tried to behave like a ‘state-actor’, i.e. a legitimate government, but has played its hand very badly by demonstrating that it has control over the missiles. Previously, they could hide by saying that they have little control over Islamic Jihad. Then they declared a cease-fire and most of the missile activity stopped. Now that the cease-fire has expired, the missiles are flying.

I am no blind supporter of Israel, but rest-assured if missiles were falling behind my house I would want to declare war in the people who sent it. Israel has been remarkably restrained so far, despite the fact that Hamas continues to launch missiles into Israel.

In a time of war, ALL targets are legitimate, no matter how closely they store the missiles to their wives and children.

By: Umair Fri, 02 Jan 2009 19:27:18 +0000 Svik
If there is any cross-border action, there will be swift and massive retaliation by Pakistan. You need to make an effort to understand Pakistan in the muslim world. This is a unique country, a muslim nation of 160 million people armed with nuclear weapons, want to live in peace with honour and dignity. Just remember this is not an Iraq or an Afghanistan, you have to be clear of the choices you make because you will have to own the consequences. Having stated this, cross-border action will be suicidal for India and nothing less.

By: ammar Fri, 02 Jan 2009 19:06:43 +0000 I totally agree with Svik, in my opinion India is the epitome of democracy. It’s hard to find any other country with such diversity and still an effective governance. The nature of Indians is always to look at positives and work for the betterment. Todays India is proudly an accepted nuclear state and it is the only country to have earned this status as well the respect of the international community. Look at the other countries apart from the P5 – Israel(opacity), Pakistan(A.Q.Khan), North Korea, Iran. Its is an obvious truth that India is different. Its the worlds 2nd largest population, achieved independence just 61 years back and it has a mission on the moon. Indians comprise of the worlds largest english-speaking workforce. 3 Indian businessmen at the height of the stock market boom were in the top 5 worlds richest men. And just a recent news, the worlds largest integrated oil refinery is in India. Its a land of achievement.

Even though India has 2 not-so-friendly neighbours, and bangladeshi immigrants, the sri-lankan LTTE to have to exist with. It has always been cordial and co-operative to everyone. We dont believe in anyone’s destruction, only in co-existence.

By: Nadeem Fri, 02 Jan 2009 12:48:36 +0000 india can’t dare attack Pakistan.. because its not that asymmatric as israel and Palestine.. yeah.. india is 7 times in size to Pakistan.. but Pakistan has one of the best armies in the world..
so the solution can’t be any kind of war.. this will worse the situation but india needs to look into it’s own internal turmoil.. india is an extremely diversified country and she has it’s own problems..
and if india quit Kashmir, she has Illegitimately possession of.. South Asia would turn into a hub of peace..

By: Svik Fri, 02 Jan 2009 11:02:28 +0000 Umair – Its not the US that has caused India to show restraint. It is India itself, and the nature of democratic societies. There is a democratic government in Pakistan now, and they are being given a chance to demonstrate good faith. Even with all this evidence, if they fail to execute justice, there will be cross-border action, regardless of Pakistani jets or armies.