posted on Jan, 4 2004 @ 09:28 AM
Indian's Prime Minister Vajpayee is planning to advise SAARC
nations to look this his example as a direction for
dealing with internal (insurgent) terrorism. The goal is eventually to draft a joint strategy amongst SAARC nations for dealing with terrorism in
"Acts of terrorism often occur within a certain contextual framework and the question that arises here is, whether or not the definition should focus
more on the contextual framework, rather than viewing it within a broader social phenomenon. Perhaps that is why most definitions are one sided. An
act is viewed within certain context, and defined in congruence with operative circumstances and power equations. Then there is the question of who
acts and who defines. Since the contemporary world is dominated by few powerful nations and the incumbent international political system can, at best,
be described as anarchic, the acts defined by the dominant powers may be taken as legitimate and the acts defined by the others as illegitimate."
We westerners often forget that "terrorism" (or some would say freedom fighters) has long existed as a problem in South Asian countries. It's
interesting to read how the influences are different but the end-results are very similar in this part of the world.