Thoughts from India

Indian foreign policy could do with some irrationalism, The Acorn, 8 February 2005,

Indian foreign policy could do with some irrationalism, by Sunil, The Acorn, 9 February 2005,

No theme here, just a post and a reply that are both fascinating.

Was the American invasion of Afghanistan “irrational”? And was that a good thing?

Deliberate irrationalism involves giving an impression that in certain extreme conditions, a country will respond way out of proportion to the actual provocation. The most common example of this is the manner in which China retaliates when other countries even marginally scale up their engagement with Taiwan. The US invasion of Afghanistan in response to 9/11 is another case in point. Operation Parakram, when India mobilised troops to its border with Pakistan in response to the attack on its parliament is, arguably, an example of its only recent use by India. Therefore, threatening an irrational response, and being prepared to carry it out is a powerful tool of foreign policy.

Will British Indian Empire South Asian Muslims lead a worlwide Islamic consciousness?

Versions of Shah Waliallah’s political ideology are present in most parts of the Indian Subcontinent. The Pakistani version is the most virulent and most divisive. Most people do not realize (and I include all the so-called Hindu Right Wing ideologues I have spoken to in that number) that the “muslim minority” in India (150 Million) taken together with the populations of Pakistan (130 Million) and Bangladesh (200 Million) adds up about 480 Million people, roughly half the total population of Muslims in the world. Also bear in mind that *most* of the educated and well-off Muslims in the world are Indian citizens.

Leftist Ecoterrorist Sentenced

California Student Gets 8 Years for SUV Vandalism,” Reuters, 18 April 2005, (from Democratic Underground).

A stupid move gets a would-be scholar up to eight years in federal prison

An aspiring physicist was sentenced to more than eight years in prison on Monday and ordered to pay $3.5 million for his role in a spree of arson and vandalism that targeted gas-guzzling Hummers and other sports utility vehicles.

Rejecting pleas for clemency from William Cottrell, a 24-year-old doctoral candidate in physics at the California Institute of Technology, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner added more time to the sentence after finding that Cottrell was trying to sway consumers with his anti-SUV message.

The slogans Cottrell spray-painted onto vehicles included “Fat Lazy Americans,” “No Respect for Earth” and “SUV = Terrorism.”

Except as a conduit or false-flag for other anti-American groups, ecoterrorism does not seriously threaten the United States. No coherent political message combined with no plan to actually win means they will just destroy property and occasionally (accidentally or no) kill people. “Hate crimes” of the lowest order.

Another Blogger to DC (Good luck Wes Roth!)

To my loyal readers and new visitors of the Roth Report,” by Wes Roth, Roth Report, 18 April 2005,

To my loyal readers and new visitors of the Roth Report:

Well, its time to say goodbye for now. I will start my new job here in a couple days and as a Senatorial Intern, I will not be able to maintain my site. It has been a crazy ride and a wonderful journey. I started on June 28, 2004 with a simple site and am surprised it grew to 1000 visitors a day. It felt great to be linked by everyone (!) I never thought that my site would hit 80,000+ visitors in the last 4 months! I’m really going to miss updating the Roth Report throughout the day and I’m sorry for letting you down. But I’m excited about my new journey ahead.

But who knows…maybe a few months down the road I’ll bring it back. Check back this fall. There is so much happening in the world today that needs to be reported.

I’ll see you when I see you. And thank you for your support!

Wes Roth

Wes Roth was a better general-news-source than Matt Drudge. One of my blogging goals was to get tdaxp on Roth’s blogroll. Sigh.

Wes joins the many other SD bloggers who are now working for John Thune. It’s great to have a Senator so in touch with new technologies, though I will miss the bloggers he has scooped up.

Good luck, Wes.