Program: BBC Nepal’s Sajha Sawal on Kantipur TV
Venue: At a ground in front of the premises of Shakti Khor, Division 3, Chitawan.
Participants: Maoist leader Barsa Man Pun “Ananta” and Nepali Congress leader (forgot the name) with some 20-30 Maoist PLA combatants, some NC party workers and general people.
Issue: The Integration of Maoist Combatants into the National Army
The moderator asks one of the female Maoist combatants.
Q: Why do you think Nepal needs any army at all?
A: To protect the country from all sorts of invasion.
Q: Who is going to invade Nepal?
A: America. The imperialist America. Just turn the pages of history, you will realize America has always been invading the countries that are not in line with America’s imperialism and capitalism.
Q: Do you really think America will invade Nepal?
A: Yes it can.
The concept of “America invading Nepal” sounds really far-fetched, funny, scary, ridiculous, childish, inevitable…
America indeed has a history of invading countries, toppling democracies, administering puppet governments. It has a history of lying to its own people while ordering bombings, inquests and genocides, all sorts of atrocities – to protect its “national interest”.
Thus, with people like this particular army general – who thinks any non-western human life is expendable – is still in abundance in America, you never know what’s next after Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The Oriental does not put the same high price on life as a Westerner. Life is plentiful, life is cheap in the Orient. The philosophy of life in the Orient expresses that life is not important.” – General William Westmoreland (Vietnam War)
Source: Hearts and Mind (1974)
Nevertheless, the concept of America invading Nepal sounds equally unrealistic and bone chilling at the same time.
The combatant’s “apocalyptic” vision is really admirable, though. Well tought by the Maoists.
Hearts and Mind (Documentary on Vietnam War, 1974)
War on Democracy (Documentary on American Invasion on Latin American Nations, by John PIlger)