[Assam] Fwd: letters to the Editor
cmahanta at charter.net
Thu May 24 17:55:57 PDT 2007
Any comments on it on your part ,Ram :-)?
At 6:15 PM -0500 5/24/07, Ram Sarangapani wrote:
>Of Army 'Excess'
>One of the remarks made by Mr Wasbir Hussain in his column entitled
>"Men with weapons must have accountability" (The Sentinel, May 19,
>2007) could not help but catch my eye. A direct quote, perhaps,
>would carry the right flavour: "The action of the Army, police or
>the paramilitary in eliminating any innocent civilian... is
>unacceptable." True, checks and balances are necessary, and
>accountability on the part of the security forces must be
>established and responsibility fixed. However, one must understand
>that the problem of terrorism cannot be tackled gingerly, nor can it
>be equated with the delicate act of delivering babies.
>The counter-insurgency operations are a lethal game that entails
>quickness and keenness of perception. It is a killing field where
>the Army has to fight an invisible enemy, who hides amongst the
>common masses and does not wear uniform. It is the terrorist who
>decides when, where and how, while the soldier is at the receiving
>end. In order to overcome this disadvantage, a soldier must be
>swift-reacting for which lightening reactions are summoned into
>actions, whenever and wherever there is an iota of doubt. By being
>fast and unpredictable, a soldier garners the ability to alarm the
>terrorist before the latter unnerves him. Time is not on the side of
>the soldier, and he lives only if he reacts swiftly. Under this
>circumstance, human errors are bound to occur occasionally.
>The Army, in essence, is a well-oiled killing machine, who are
>taught to annihilate the enemy. Its mathematics is simple:
>''anti-national'' means ''you have to eliminate''. Ideally, the Army
>is not a force to be unleashed in civilian space. When they are
>marshalled into a troubled spot to help civil administration to curb
>violence, a soldier does not differentiate between a foreign enemy
>and a home-grown separatist. His only objective is to erase the foe.
>Since the terrorist almost always hides amongst the common people,
>the security forces must treat everyone with suspicion and that
>keeps the soldiers on their toes. This may cause harassment to the
>public, but it is the price one has to pay when the security forces
>are fighting an invisible enemy. This is precisely why we get to
>read the news of innocent civilians being killed mistakenly by the
>Army. But then, these cases are exceptions rather than rule.
>It would be worthwhile to keep in mind that the terrorists are
>certainly not normal human beings who harbour sentiments such as
>compassion and love. Had they been so, they would not have been able
>to stand to shoot at another human being's head point-blank - that
>too, that of a non-combatant civilian. And this speaks volumes of
>their mental make-up.
>The fact remains that brutes only understand brute force.
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