Friday, March 03, 2006

About those Bush protests in India

posted by Rob at 10:25 AM

I got into another verbal debate with my closest friend over - as usual - President Bush. My friend is of the opinion that Bush is one of our worst presidents because the world hates us now more than ever. He quoted the day's news as evidence.

He pointed to the reported protests which greeted Bush as he visited India this week. He compared that reception to the photo of former President Clinton during his visit there in 2000, during which at one point he was showered with rose petals.

A quick Google search led me to this article by a communist publication:
At every turn in President Bill Clinton's tour of India and Bangladesh, there were protesters there to challenge him. Only in Pakistan, where the military government banned all protests, were there no demonstrations.

Days of student actions led up to Clinton's March 20 visit to Bangladesh. On March 14, protesters burned an effigy of Clinton in front of the U.S. embassy. On the day Clinton arrived, police attacked the demonstrators, injuring at least 15.
A CNN report backs up the details:
UNIDENTIFIED MALE INDIAN: We are here to burn the effigy of Bill Clinton, number one, because he represents the unholy trinity of IMF, World Bank, and WTO, he represents the domination of the multinational corporations in the world, he represents a cultural onslaught on our people and on our culture. And, therefore, we feel threatened by his arrival here in this country.

BINDRA: Most of these demonstrators are workers and farmers. They say Clinton represents the agenda of large U.S. multinationals and does not understand the poor. Others in this country of one billion people disagree. They say Clinton will bring jobs and investment to a region where more than 350 million people still live on less than one U.S. dollar a day.
Back to the present. Yes, there have been large protests against Bush in India. Guess who is behind them. Average citizens of India? Nope.

Communists (emphasis mine):
Left leaders say they are not embarrassing the Indian government, which has invited Bush. "It is the people of India who will be embarrassed because of the presence of Bush," D. Raja, deputy leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI), told IANS. ...

With the Left, which holds 62 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha, and the Samajwadi Party pledging to protest any speech by Bush, the government does not want the US president to address parliament. Unlike during Bill Clinton's visit, when the Left parties merely boycotted a joint session of parliament he addressed, the Reds are determined to make a noise if Bush speaks in the house.
So communists, a political minoirty in India, hate Bush. They also hated Clinton. They just weren't as loud then.

There's also this nugget buried in an AP report:
Dozens of protests have been planned by Islamic leaders and communist politicians.

While Bush remains more popular in India than he is in many other countries, some here object to U.S. policies, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. India, an overwhelmingly Hindu nation of more than 1 billion people, has the world's second-largest population of Muslims.
Enough about how India feels about Bush. What about Pakistan? How did Bush's visit there this week differ from Clinton's trip back in 2000? Well, for one, Bush was actually able to let people know he was there:
Bush's trip comes six years after President Clinton visited amid elaborate security: After switching planes in India, Clinton flew to Islamabad aboard an unmarked executive jet, behind another plane dressed up as Air Force One.
CNN reported this morning (I can't find a link online) that Air Force One would land in Pakistan with Bush and his wife on board.

I am not criticizing Clinton for taking prudent measures. I'm just comparing the difference in their visits. Clinton had to sneak in. Bush let everyone know he was there (must be the cowboy in him).

Another difference is that apparently there is now no ban on protests. There has also been a murder of an American:
A nationwide strike called by Islamist parties paralysed Pakistan on Friday ahead of the arrival of U.S. President George W. Bush a day after a suicide car bomber killed an American diplomat and two other people. ...

White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters in India that Bush's visit to Pakistan, a nation shown by polls to be among the most anti-American in the world, was not risk-free.
They didn't just hate Clinton or now hate Bush. They hate Americans. Doesn't matter who.

I admit there are some parts of the world less than happy with Bush for making tough and unpopular decisions. But I have yet to see much evidence that those who hate us now didn't hate us eight years ago when another guy was in office.


Blogger D.Rajesh said...

I just saw President Bush's speech to a select Indian crowd in Delhi that was televised throughout India. I should say that the attitude, content and above all the delivery was really good. I come across such ridicule in the net about your president, which the poor man actually does not deserve. A speech such as this doesn’t come out of morons even if there are very good speechwriters to back it up. Its just not about the speech but its about what Bush is planning vis-à-vis India on a long term basis.

The point about the Indian protest was that it has got nothing to do with common Indian people.

The core protester group:

1. Communist - No comments about followers of Stalin and Lenin. Guess who their best friends are ?? Kim-Il-Sung, Castro, Iranian Mullahs, etc...
An old Tamil (my mother tongue) saying is that one is known by his friends...

2. Radical and moderate Muslims groups - Although most of the Indian Muslim population are docile a small section still live in 7th century and look towards Arabian Muslim culture for everything. The problem is that a small section of 150 million is still a big number. Do not feel ashamed or sorry if these guys burn American Flags of effigies of G.B. You cannot expect anything better from them than this.

3. Politicians - There is one huge crooked gang of politicians in India whose single agenda apart from looting the country is to try to get the Muslim votes by any method. If needed they will go to Mecca, renounce their religion (most of them are Hindus), pander to Islamic terrorists in the name of negotiations, just to get those minority votes. Mr. Bush has offered these morons a great opportunity to show to the Muslims as to how they care about them. We in India call this as Pseudo secularism.

4. General crowd – Just announce a meeting anywhere in India with a few known faces, you certainly will get a big crowd. The general crowd comes to see what’s all this about. Have some entertainment watching this entire ruckus and back home without knowing what this is all about.

5. Intellectuals – We have this unique breed in India, 99.5% of whom are communist sympathizers and who love to hate USA on just about any matter. Over the years they somehow have squeezed themselves into the media, and all other opinion making forums and sound their drum against anything that is done to help the poor by the way of liberalizing trades, cutting the red tape etc. They get angry when things start improving in a way that has not been advocated by Marx or Lenin etc. For these intellectual giants this is just not possible. They prefer to look away and blatantly spread misinformation about things that do not fall in the line of their intellectual dogma.

As one can see none of the above groups represent India. These are simply backward looking people who just give importance only to their own ego and faith. One end of the spectrum of such groups are the communists and in the other end the Islamists. Both are dogmatic and unwilling to accept anything even if the facts are spread before them.

So as an Indian my views are: -

1. George Bush is certainly not some one as is being demonized by most of the world media.
2. He has his own goals and priorities, as would any head of a country. I could very clearly see the paradigm shift that he is trying to make with regards to Indo-American relations. A country with a billion plus population with a growing economy and a solid law abiding and tolerant majority population is not some thing a country like USA could ignore. A mature head of a country knows about this and realizes that these guys have lot in common with us and its time we get together. George Bush has done just that which means he certainly is an intelligent man and not a moron as he is made out to be.
3. George Bush has not done the same with Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya or Syria because those criterion stated above wouldn’t apply even a bit.
4. Iraq’s ruling clique needed a solid spanking. G.B did just that. Else it was a question of time before Mr. Hussein and co. would have started collaborating with Al-Qaida, Iranian Mullahs and other malcontents for creating a much more dangerous middle east.
5. Iran is another fit case for a similar action. A mullah administration is an oxymoron. Sooner it goes, better it is for the world. GB talking about this does not hint in any way that he is a warmonger.
6. George Bush might not have made this world a better place. But he certainly put the fear of god into the minds of terrorists.
7. George Bush is certainly not a Mahatma Gandhi. But the Saddam Husseins, fanatical Mullahs and Kim-il-Sungs are not even fit to be called as Humans. So any one protesting for these gentlemen are either aliens in this planet or intellectually, morally and spiritually bankrupt.

Since the majority of the infected Indian media have started projecting that there have been great protests in India against Bush, this detailed note is necessary to give out the true story about the so called protests which is nothing more than a mindless and an uncivilized demonstration by an assorted grouping of the religious lumpen, the amnesia stricken sovietphiles and pseudo leftist intellectuals.

Bangalore, India

1:08 PM, March 03, 2006  

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