In the TV Channel HEADLINES TODAY, there was an eminent panel of Analysts which included 2 foreign INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS. When asked whether HOT PURSUIT was an option for India, they said that on two grounds it was not advisable:-
1. That hot pursuit was successful when the host country was friendly, and
2. That it was a collective belief, of the Indian nation, that the terrorists came from a neighbouring nation and one had to have more concrete material to act upon such a premise.
In the INTERNATIONAL LAW, hot pursuit is allowed when the mischief-maker moves into alien territory subsequent to the mischief done by him. This provision is allowed, as the rights of the victim nation need not be deterred by niceties when they can apprehend the mischief maker, even when he had entered the alien territory.
INTERNATIONAL LAW IS MAN MADE like any other law, but that the precedents are not of great relevance. History may be of relevance, i repeat, but PRECEDENTS ARE NOT BINDING.
Therefore when BUSH and BLAIR invent the WMDs based on the so called facts submitted by the CIA chief, and act upon it, a third world country which has proof is, international opinion-wise prevented from launching an attack to DECAPITATE the head of the terror outfit outside its territory!
We have to learn the un-highlighted part of HISTORY. We have to draw inspiration therefrom.
After the execution of Saddam Hussein, the fact finding committee finds out from the CIA chief that the intelligence inputs regarding the presence and manufacture of the WMDs was not factual. But by then it had become a fait-accompli. Somebody owns up for the non-factual representation made, and he resigns and no further action against him is taken. To put it in simpler terms, the man who cooked the intelligence did give the so called proof (at that point in time) for the chief executive to act, in a way that he always wanted to. And to top it, after accomplishing the mission, he goes scot-free. The congress finds out that he had furnished incorrect facts and thereby made the chief executive take a wrong decision!!
Cut back a few centuries, Warren Hastings and Dalhousie commit excesses in India, when the British Parliament finds that the public opinion was getting sticky, they call for the IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS against these Governors-General/Viceroy, make a great forum for EDMUND BURKE and FOX to display their verbal skills and make vituperative speeches and then the SOVEREIGN PARDON follows and the rogues are let free. No Indian gets to trouble those rogues in The Great Britain. They both lived happily everafter, with none to look down upon them.
IT IS EASIER TO GET PARDON THAN TO OBTAIN PERMISSION!
I HOPE, THAT WE LEARN THE LESSONS THAT HISTORY HAS TO OFFER, AND STRIKE THE ROOTS OF TERROR WHEREVER THEY BE, AND SUBSEQUENTLY FEEL SORRY- IF AT ALL WE HAVE TO. WHEN THE MEMORIES OF THE MUMBAI BLASTS ARE STILL FRESH, THE JUSTIFICATION WOULD BE HIGHER.
STATECRAFT IS HIGHER THAN INTERNATIONAL LAWS -WHICH ARE NOTHING BUT POST-FACTO FORMULATIONS TO DELAY AND DISSIPATE THE ANGER AND MERELY SETTLEMENT OF PAYMENTS. STATECRAFT IS ROOTED IN LIVES OF ITS CITIZENS, HONOUR AND SOVEREIGNTY.
YES WE CAN AND WE SHALL!!