Rambo III and the Mumbai Massacre

This from my latest in the National


If Condoleezza Rice had been looking for some in-flight movies pertinent to her mission in South Asia over the past few days, she ought to have considered Rambo III. Or Pinocchio. Or Frankenstein. Aladdin, even.

All four could help explain the background to the Mumbai massacre that has brought India and Pakistan to the brink of confrontation. Pinocchio and Frankenstein, after all, are cautionary tales about how those who fabricate creatures to do their bidding are often forced to reckon with the often vindictive impulses of their creations. Aladdin unleashes a genie who has his own agenda. And Rambo III, in which Sylvester Stallone’s action-hero joins up with the Afghan mujahideen to fight the Soviets (just like a certain Mr Bin Laden) should serve as a timely reminder that support for holy warriors waging jihad had been an article of faith in Ronald Reagan’s Washington.

Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, had served as the conduit for Washington to use the Afghan mujahideen and the Arab volunteers who joined them, to wage a proxy war on the Soviets. And from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 to the 9/11 attacks, the monster created by assembling an Islamist International for combat and training in Afghanistan turned on its erstwhile patron to deadly effect.

But after the US walked away when the Soviets limped out of Afghanistan, the Pakistanis used the proxy war model to pursue their own regional agenda. 

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Mumbai appears to be a case of Pakistan’s proxies having broken free of their patron, wreaking havoc in pursuit of their own agenda in a manner that could have devastating consequences for Pakistan. Proxies, by nature, have their own agenda that coincides with that of their sponsor only for a limited time, and while cooperation helps the sponsors to achieve certain tactical goals, it also empowers the proxy for the pursuit of its own agenda, which is often ultimately in conflict with that of their erstwhile sponsor. 

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13 Responses to Rambo III and the Mumbai Massacre

  1. Actually, the best JEWISH version of the proxy from hell is the Golem story. You’ll recall that Rabbi Judah Loew faces a blood libel and Christians are prepared to burn down the Prague ghetto in revenge.

    So he creates a Golem out of clay to protect the Jews, which he does all too successfully. In fact, the Golem ends up making life so difficult for the Christians that it leaves no possiblity for Jews to ever live in peace with them.

    So the Rabbi erases a single letter from the Golem’s forehead and he dies & returns to clay.

    That’s how you control a proxy.

    BTW, Mary Shelley used the Golem myth as the basis for Frankenstein.

  2. morris says:

    Proxies and Patrons are the right topic.

    And looking through the origins and repetitiveness is wise.

    I think the time is ripe to examine false flags, and for us to look in the mirror.

    If the MSM and slaves rally everyone around a false truth, then all we have is a big war.

    Maybe it’s time to call a spade a spade, and yes just erasing one letter would could solve a lot.

  3. jag says:

    False flag indeed but to benefit who? The ISI is a CIA proxy. Always was, always will be.

    The nazi like BJP may well benefit but in the end, Washington and London get their wishes of more war and more destabilisation.

  4. Colin Laney says:

    Jag writes: “. . . in the end, Washington and London get their wishes of more war and more destabilisation.”

    The very last thing that the Brits and Americans want is less stability in Pakistan. Or India.

  5. morris says:

    @Colin, Our masters do not want a Pakistan (that is: a Muslim) with a nuclear bomb full stop. Any amount of countries destabalised is worth the price.

  6. nitish says:

    Tony, you are right that Pakistan is now having trouble putting the genie back in the bottle (the genie in this case being the rogue elements in ISI, the Taliban and Lashkar a Toiba etc). but that assumes an innocent hapless Pakistani govt who has the best of intentions towards India. and that isnt the case. They are still harboring underworld gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim and they allow him to roam freely despite India’s many requests to question and try him. He was responsible for 1993 Mumbai blasts with the help of ISI and then he fled to Pakistan,. He has had pretty much a hand in every Indian massacre committed by the ISI. and then we have the leaders of Lashkar A Toiba and Jaish Muhammad like Hafeez Saeed also operating terrorists camp freely and Hafeez was recently cleared by the Pakistani govt to buy a bullet proof Land cruiser. So how can the Indian govt or any govt trust the Pakistani govt sincerity when they seem to be openly allowing known terrorists to operate in their territory?

  7. Riya says:

    Rambo , LOL yeah Rambo is good to watch but Mollywood version of Rambo is many times violent….

  8. Azziera says:

    The only terrorist captured alive after the Mumbai massacre has given police the first full account of the extraordinary events that led to it – revealing he was ordered to ‘kill until the last breath’.

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  11. The very last thing that the Brits and Americans want is less stability in Pakistan. Or India.

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