Here comes the chokehold, bang on time.
Or how to slowly draw India into a self-flagellating war with the Islamic State.
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“We have certainly had very robust discussions between our two governments, including at the leader level, about the threat that violent extremism poses, and specifically the threat posed by IS, and ways that we can work together to counter that threat.
“Whether India decides to formally join the coalition to combat IS or whether India takes other steps is for India to determine.
“But we value and welcome the cooperation between our two countries, which is certainly growing and deepening on issues of combating terrorism and combating violent extremism.”
[US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal; Washington presse prélasser; Thursday, 27 February 2015]
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A day prior (Wednesday, 26 February 2015), India had got round to banning the Islamic State (which I shall henceforth refer to as ‘Da’esh’ because the name SO pisses those archfundamentalists off) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
It was just a formality, but one which, piled into the Cabinet’s lazy inbox, had needled Barack Obama, POTUS, into making a point of it, on his Republic Day visit here, during his “not-everything-can-be-revealed” ‘broments’ with Primemin Narendra Modi.
The primemin had been warming up to it. On 16 December 2014, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told Parliament that Da’esh had already been “declared banned in India” under a United Nations Schedule. What THAT means stood beside the actual, notified ban two days ago, I wouldn’t know – but it looks like a bit of sleight of hand that’s crippled by carpal tunnel syndrome.
Singh had then said Da’esh had been banned under the Schedule to the United Nations Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order, 2007 made under Section 2 of the United Nations (Security Council) Act, 1947.
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In effect, Da’esh was internationally banned by the UN on behalf of its member states last year, but nationally banned by and in India two days ago via government notification.
This makes which event superfluous?
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Anyway, why quibble? India is already in an official snog dance with Isrāel. The Indian government has just banned Da’esh (which it should have a long time ago). And, now, a senior Obama Administration official is making coy no-no-yes-yes eyes at India.
It’s perplexing. There is, at this moment, no other word for it.
Keep watching this space.