Tuesday, May 29, 2012
It is some time back when NATO in a great hoax perpetuated on the world joined the war against Gaddafi and in the end ousted him from power. The US and UK had got the approval of Russia and China in a Security Council resolution to protect civilians in Libya, but the reason was different. It was not to save civilians but to oust Gaddafi who the West felt was a pain in their side. This was also an opportunity for the washed out world powers like France and England now bereft of colonies to try and show that they still had some muscle. The attacks in Libya in real terms led to hundreds of deaths of civilians. Russia has now realized they tricked it to support the Security Council resolution. It has now approached the International Court at Hague to investigate the deaths of civilians caused by NATO action in Libya. The International court packed with cronies of the West and the USA and UK is unlikely to take any recognizable step. In fact it has become a tool of the West and so called ‘war criminals’ that the West feels are inconvenient are tried by it. One wonders why the USA which dropped Atomic bombs on a defeated Japan has not been tried for war crimes. This was excellently brought out in a dissenting Judgment at the International Tribunal in Tokyo by Justice Binod Pal in 1946. NATO has outlived its utility and is now trying to become a world policeman. It gives the second rate powers like France and England to again exercise their muscle and try and regain their past glory. The action in Libya was to say the least inhuman and bad. Heavy air bombardment resulted in deaths of thousands of civilians and yet the attacks continued. In the recent NATO meet at Chicago , protestors in particular demonstrated against the killing of civilians in Libya. The removal of Gaddafi has not solved the problems of the West. I am afraid they will multiply. It already tastes defeat in Afghanistan and if Russia can get back some of its glory and oppose NATO as earlier, it may soon become a paper tiger
Monday, May 21, 2012
Her daughter who had donned the legacy of her father and was Prime Minister of Pakistan was assassinated during a public meeting. The list does not end here and the younger brother of Benazir Bhutto , Murtaza Bhutto was shot dead in Karachi when his sister was prime Minister of Pakistan. It was a murky affair to say the least. Murtaza was opposed to his sister and many eyebrows were raised at this killing. His elder brother was found dead in a Paris apartment. Another gory death that has never been explained.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
The cavalry had been the mainstay of the army for close to 2500 years. Nostalgic poems like the “Charge of the light brigade” were written by Lord Tennyson. At the out break of World War I many old timers still felt the cavalry had a role to play, though a few knowledgeable pundits opined that the days of the cavalry were over. But the pro cavalry lobby had its way and they transported some one million horses and mules to France from the colonies like Canada and India. The famed Deccan horse also made its way from Pune in India. The old timers felt that the horses would be used for the charge of the German positions. All this is explicitly brought out in the movie “War Horse” screened recently. This movie by Steven Spielberg is a real gem. At the start of the battle a few cavalry charges did take place but the riders and the horses were cut down by German machine gun fire. It became apparent to most generals that cavalry had seen its day. The horse could not negotiate the trenches and the barbed wire fences that had been erected on the battle field. But still some die hard generals persisted and it is on record that in 1916 during the battle of the Somme, the 7th Dragoon Guards rode with their horses and swords against the German lines manned by machine guns. It was a veritable slaughter and 90% of the men charging the German lines perished. That made the generals look up and the horse led cavalry charge was simply stopped. The Deccan horse also took part in the charge at the Battle of Somme again with disastrous results. Out of a million horses and mules in France only about 60,000 survived. It was a colossal massacre, but it was the swan song of the cavalry as the horse was replaced by the tank