Disturbing questions for India in wake of Osama Operation

The Abbottabad raid has raised many disturbing questions and the Indian armed forces must find answers to them, says Colonel Anil Athale (retd)

Readers must wonder as to why this author is adding to the virtual saturation coverage of the American operation codenamed ‘Neptune’s Spear’? Two reasons: First, the operation shows trends that have wider implications than just the war on terror and impacts the likely future American approach to the whole of the South Asian region. The second and pertinent reason from India’s point of view is the impact this could have on our own security and relations with the United States, Pakistan and even China.

But right at the outset, let us disabuse ourselves of the silly notion of India being able to carry out a similar operation to nab Dawood Ibrahim or others wanted for their complicity in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. The Indian State does not have the will and therefore has not created the wherewithal to carry out such a strike. Indian civil society is frivolous on matters concerning national security and wedded to phoney non-violence of the weak.

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