[Assam] Protests against Ulfa in Assam
cmahanta at charter.net
Tue Jun 12 09:10:36 EDT 2007
At 6:51 PM +0800 6/12/07, Jyotirmoy Sharma wrote:
>Bravo on your writing about armed conflict and insurgency.
>"The failure of two decades of counter-insurgency speaks for itself."
>Ok .. whenever the military comes in, the brave ULFA boys go back to
>their dens and let organizations like MASS, local Assamese dailies,
>"intellectuals" take over to get the Army out of Assam. They see
>human rights abuse only when army kills but not the other way.
*** So what do YOU recommend? Have the "intellectually challenged"
take over and keep doing the same thing over and over, but expecting
a different outcome, like they are doing now and so many of our
brain-trust supporting it with tacit approval if not explicitly?
>"At the same time, it is hard to argue that negotiations hold the
>magic answer at this stage."
>So what do you suggest? Continue to let the Bangladeshis (oh ..
>ULFA) carry on the mayhem.
*** Huh? Again, what is YOUR solution? Exhort the military to kill
whoever looks like ULFA and throw them 'sympathizers' in prison?
Why do you think they have not tried it yet? What is holding them
back, while you of the desi-brain-trust are all for it?
Allow me to help out with a little English language reading and
comprehension with CONTEXT in mind: Just because Baruah made the
comment that "===it is hard to argue that negotiations hold the
magic answer at this stage." does not mean that it too shall not work
and that there is no solution except to accept the prevailing
conditions or letting it get worse. The of the matter is that
NEGOTIATIONS is the ONLY path that holds the promise of a solution,
but not like a magic bullet: You go sit down, and voila--there is
peace. Such simpleminded expectation is what Baruah commenting on.
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