Why is Wikileaks wrong?December 8th, 2010
According to Wikileaks, Pak’s army is obsessed with India and Indian army. They know that conventionally they’re no match for us. And therefore they’re producing nukes and supporting terrorists. Saudi Arabia too is sponsoring terror groups operating in India. China is also indirectly helping Pak based terror groups and Narendra Modi was one of their targets after 26/11. Hillary Clinton thinks that we are ’self appointed front runners’ for UNSC seat and America does not know how to stop Pakistan from supporting terrorists. WOW! Fantastic! Can we all laugh now?
Tell me people, except for Hillary Clinton’s misplaced sense of awareness which revelation was a secret even before Julian Assange created a world wide uproar by uploading US cables and memos? If anyone is taken by surprise by these revelations it just reflects how poorly we actually read a situation, me included. If our intelligence agencies say that they did not know any of this, I can only pity them. For their information, I would even not be surprised if Chinese are also supplying arms and ammunition to these terrorists.
But let’s take a more pragmatic view of things. How do you expect any govt official or ambassador to react to any information that he may receive which needs to flow through him to his govt? Well, he’s supposed to add his free and frank opinion on the subject, keeping in mind the interests of his own country, and then forward it to his bosses. In all these cables that’s what these diplomats seem to have done. If they say that Sarkozy is surrounded by yes men, well then, that’s their reading of the situation. Similarly, if US commanders felt that British troops were ‘not upto the task of securing Helmand in Afghanistan’, that too is their reading of the way things were at that point of time at that place. What’s so wrong with that? Actually, whats wrong is that this should not have come out in the open. That’s what is wrong with all this.
Likewise, what do you expect our Indian ambassador to have written to our govt here in Delhi during the Lankan army’s onslaught on LTTE last year? I’m pretty much sure he would’ve said that Lankans were killing people in cold blood. What do you expect our Indian ambassador in Myanmar to have written about the recent elections held there? There’s little doubt about the fact that he’d have said that elections are completely rigged. Similarly, what about our ambassador to China? Wouldn’t he tell our govt that he doesn’t trust the Chinese govt one bit? Likewise, in Nepal too our ambassador would be giving feedbacks to our govt about their current impasse over choice of PM and direct links between Maoists in India and some prominent politicians of that country. I’m dead sure they would be doing all that and more. Thats their job. Thats what they’re paid for. Just imagine how embarrassing it would be for our country as a whole if all this were to come out in the open. And you can be rest assured that every country in this world has similar damning cables and internal memorandums which they cannot afford to be out in public domain. Just that that Assange has targeted only US for ‘attack’ or possibly has had access to only their cables, till now.
The world today has a very precariously balanced world order which has been been upset by the disclosure of these cables. International relations are built over decades and any breakthroughs achieved are a result of hard diplomatic parleys which these revelations have tried to undermine and destroy in a matter of a few hours. Take for instance the cable which says that Saudis want Americans to bomb Iran’s nuke facilities. Now, it was no real secret that Wahabi Saudi Arabia has no love lost for Shiite Iran but they would not say it in so many words for obvious reasons. But after this disclosure whatever little leeway Saudis had with Iran is gone. Take another revelation of certain Arab leaders trying to reach out to Israel. After this, in which direction do you think will this dialogue head towards? Only downwards, in case you were wondering.
Even the revelations about Pakistan do us no good. Do any of you feel that after this Americans will have any more leverage over Pakis? Absolutely not. If anything, it is the Pakis and terrorists who will be laughing at the predicament of Americans, that despite knowing everything America can do sweet f***all about it, and will get more emboldened in their nefarious designs. Sadly, our media has been downright stupid and immature to have neither thought nor debated this through. For them, Pakistan’s involvement in terror activities is still BREAKING NEWS.
Yes, the truth must prevail, but it must not be revealed, at least in diplomacy and in military operations. That’s because the world does and should go by officially stated positions of various govts, be it the issue of Iran’s nukes or America’s fight against terror. Pertinent to mention that diplomats try to maintain a world order, as they perceive it, by having such conversations with each other, which are a major factor in arriving at the officially stated positions of various countries. And therefore, what goes on behind the scenes as shown in these cables should not matter at all. How does it matter what internal wranglings of these diplomats and officials have been to arrive at those decisions? How does it matter that Hillary Clinton does not really support India for a permanent seat at the UN as long as the official position of US is to the contrary? Just that that I may now think twice before ordering the Clinton platter at Bukhara restaurant in Taj in Delhi, if and when I have the money to do it.
To those who are scoffed at the idea of Americans spying on UN officials, all I’d say is that Americans may be justified in doing so. Just as Indians would be justified in snooping on UN officials deployed in the valley to see what kind of report do these people send to UN, especially in situations like the stone pelting protests in which a hundred or so civilians were killed. Though I’m not really aware whether our agencies are doing it or not but they’d be perfectly justified in doing so, if and when they do it. At the same time India cannot afford to let this come out in the open either. All such actions taken to further your national interests are justified. And they’re not just governed by ethics alone. If it was only ethics which mattered we should’ve attacked Sri Lanka for killing so many innocent Tamils in 2009 but we didn’t because it was not in our interest, at that point of time. Who knows, had it been before Indira Gandhi was killed, may be we would’ve, for good or for worse.
All these leaked papers, coming as it does from a self professed hacker who comes from a broken home and who has had no formal education in life, goes to show how a good environment at home in early years along with proper education hold you in good stead all through your life. They make you a good law abiding citizen of your country and the world who knows what his actions will lead to. Otherwise how would Julian Assange explain publication of social security numbers of American soldiers, technical details of an American device which prevents bombs from going off and list of websites and installations which are vital for America, not to mention his threat of giving out technical details of a thermo nuclear bomb? Al Qaeda would pay thousands of dollars for such information which he has given for free.
All this makes me doubtful about the whole aim of this exercise which seems to be to not just embarrass America but compromise it. On top of it he’s asking for donations to keep on doing this. An American official was so right in saying that if all this is not against the law, the law needs to be changed. In my opinion Assange has not done this for any good of this world but was used by certain vested interests to embarrass America. One person alone would really not have the resources to get access to confidential information and take on the entire might of US.
Lastly, I wonder how many of you think that these revelations have done any good to the world in general. Apart from having a good laugh at the expense of Americans it is only the bad guys who would benefit from Wikileaks. No one else. Do give this issue a thought before you guys make up your mind whether these revelations come within the purview of freedom of speech or have in fact only harmed us in more ways than one.
Before I sign off for today a word about Barrack Obama. Though I’ve not really been the biggest fan of American policies in the past my heart still goes out to him. With two wars, a lousy economy and not so bright future prospects, these revelations couldn’t have come at a worst possible time. It appears that he’ll keep on paying for the wrongs of Bush(s) and Clintons. No other US President has had such a bad deal in recent times. Oh by the way, if Sarah Palin is reading this- she shouldn’t have bothered. I know she would ‘refudiate’ all of this.