My speech to the closing plenary session of the Jaipur Counter-Terror Conference hosted by India Foundation, Mar 18-21, 2015
Bhaiyo or Behno, Namaskar, Adaab aur Salaam Alaikum.
Happy New Year. Aap sub ko Gudhee Paadavaa aur Naroze Mubarik ki Badhaeean aur Naya Saal Mubarak Ho.
Seventy years ago today, the Red Army was knocking on the doors of Berlin and on May 5, 1945 it captured the German capital to bring to an end to the five year war in Europe.
In those five years, the USSR and its western allies that included tens of thousands of troops from our India destroyed the largest army ever mobilised. When the guns went silent, 50 million men and women were dead including six million in the Death Camps of Auschwitz where Hitler tried to exterminate the Jewish people.
Ladies and gentlemen, we were able to destroy the might of the German Wehrmacht in a mere five years, yet today, 14years after the United States declared a war on terrorism, we have not only failed in defeating the forces of international jihadi terrorism, we have ended up strengthening the very enemy we sought out to destroy.
We should ask ‘Why?’ We don’t.
When Osama was killed, Obama declared Al-Qaeda had been decimated. When Saddam was dethroned, Bush landed a plane on an aircraft carrier declaring “mission accomplished”.
Despite the Bush and Obama declarations years ago, we are today meeting here in Jaipur because the United States has failed dismally in defeating the terrorist's army led once by men in caves. Men who had no Panzer divisions, no V1 and V2 rockets, no Messerschmitt fighters, no Stuka bombers, no Tiger tanks, no Rommel, no Hess, No Goering and no Goebbels.
As India’s NSA Ajit Doval disclosed on Thursday, the United States alone has spent 5.1 Trillion dollars on this war. For every dollar the Jihadi terrorists spend, the USA has to match that dollar with $75,000 dollars. Imagine that.Over a million men and women have died, yet we are nowhere close to “Mission Accomplished”.
The question to be asked is why such a spectacular failure.
Let me put it succinctly. To fight Malaria you need to drain the swamps, not kill individual mosquitoes. We have let the drains stagnant and not send missiles to shoot down mosquitoes. The result has been for every mosquito killed, a 1000 are ready to replace it and spread the disease. Instead of draining the swamps, we are shooting down individual mosquitoes, one mosquito at a time.
But to drain the swamp, we need to identify it.
During the Second World war we not only knew who the enemy was, we were able to name him, without any guilt or hesitation.
In contrast, in this 21st century fourth world war, there are no Churchills, no Roosevelts, no Marshall Zhukov and no Chiang kai Shek. All we have today are midgets that celebrate mediocrity and practise appeasement.
Appeasement that would make Chamberlain look like a courageous man.
Imagine a scenario during World War Two if the US in 1942 would consider Italy as an ally. Impossible, right?
But, today the same United States considers Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar — the sworn enemies of everything that liberal secular democracies stand for — as allies of the USA.
But wait a minute. There’s more. The one country, the elephant in the room that no one wishes to speak about is the original the only “Islamic State of Pakistan” the mother lode of International terrorism, yet the beneficiary of billions of dollars of American largesse where terrorists
are hiding in every crack of the rock.
In addition, before and during the SecondWorld War, the motivating ideology behind Germans seeking world domination was the misguided Nazi doctrine of Aryan supremacy , and all of us had absolutely no problem saying so.
In a similar manner the motivating ideology behind the Warsaw Pact during the Third World War aka the Cold War, was Communism that sought the ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ and no one, not even Mr. Dange or Mr Namboodripad (leaders of the Communist Party of India) had any hesitation saying so.
This begs the question. What is the ideology of the jihadi terrorists seeking world domination to hasten the End of Times?
It is Islamofascism, the 20th century doctrine of Islamism, which is the use of Islam as a political tool to establish Islamic supremacy on the rest of the globe.
However, it seems we are too scared to dare mention the word ISLAMISM.
Our American friends call it “Violent Extremism," "Radicalism."
What is this “Violent Extremism”? What is today's garden variety radical? Why beat around the bush and not call it for what it is, i.e. Islamic Extremism?
Let me show you a graphic clip that best illustrates our Islamic Extremism. It’s graphic, so pardon my indiscretion. It is from Afghanistan and the tragic event happened just yesterday.
A Muslim mob beating to death a 27-year old mentally challenged Muslim women on charges, she had burnt pages of the Quran. After beating her senseless, the crowd then sets her on fire and watches her burn to death. In interviews people justify her murder.
What have we become that we would beat and burn a young woman alive, even if she had deliberately set the Quran on fire?
Now the question is, What is to be done.
I’ll make one general policy proposal and four specific recommendations:
Definition of Terrorism under Resolution 1373
On 28 September 2001 in the wake of the9/11-jihadi terrorist attacks on the United States, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1373.
The resolution was a counter-terrorism measure adopted under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, and is therefore binding on all UN member states. It marked a shift in international law. Until then, international law was presumed to be valid only if the concerned state had voluntarily signed the international treaty; whereas after 1373, the Security Council imposed the resolution on all member states.
Following 1373, India made a call for a global convention on defining terrorism and finding commonly accepted means to combat it.
Guess who obstructed the Indian initiative? Our good friends of the Islamic State, not in Rakka, but in Islamabad.
Pakistan, the epitome of state terrorism scuttled the effort by raising issues about “causative factors," arguing that those who are “freedom fighters” cannot be labelled as "terrorists." This is a typical dilatory and distracting tactic of state supported terrorism.
It is unfortunate that the powers that matter in today’s world should only look at the tactics and methods used by such actors to define terrorism. To this day UN resolution 1373 exists only on paper.
Its not too late. Let there be a comprehensive convention against terrorism under the United Nations, which has been pending since 2001, when India first proposed it.
I say let us define Terrorism and then fight the state that feeds it.
But until then I have four recommendations for the Indian government:
Disengage with Pakistan completely. No talks, no visits, no trade
Since Pakistan itches for parity with India, please shut down the silly March of the Roosters at the Wagah border cross point. This is the single most spectacular circus that puts the rogue state of Pakistan at par with the democratic, secular and dignified Republic of India.
End the ridiculous “Aman ki Aasha” that is a one-way traffic of ISI aunties coming to India and running circles around Indians, and even cause the fall of one of India’s brightest sons. ‘Aman ki Aasha’ is nothing but a shameful exercise by Pakistan’s upper class Hindu-hating, pan-Islamist Jinnah’s Orphans who benefit enormously. An entire industry has been created that is milking Indian goodwill to do the Pakistan military-civilian establishment’s bidding and propaganda.
Finally. Please don’t wait for a second Mumbai to create a Balochistan. Please start assisting the brave men and women of Balochistan today. Help the young men of Dr. Allah Nazar in the hills and Baloch exiles like Mehran Marri and Brahamdagh Bugti. Plan and work towards the policy goal, unwritten and unsaid, for the disintegration of the so-called rump state that refers to itself the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I say so-called state, not only because there is nothing ‘Paak’ about Pakistan, but because of the fact is Pakistan in 1971 changed its name to Bangladesh and what we call Pakistan today is Pakistan’s leftovers.-
Thank you for inviting me as a speaker to this conference. Jai Hind.