Moriarty’s Barrack Journey: Sabotaging Nepal’s Peace Process?

American ambassador is visiting Nepali Army’s sensitive barracks one after another as if he is the defense minister.

By Sudheer Sharma

[Excerpt of an article in Nepali by the former editor of Nepal Magazine in Friday edition of Kantipur daily. Translated by UWB for the benefit of those who somehow know how to give lecture in Nepali but find it very difficult to read properly.]

Just as the Maoist stand of not managing the arms without political settlement makes parliamentarian circle skeptical about them, the rumor of government army importing weapons frightens the rebels. This is because the arms dispute is directly connected with the future of democracy (loktantra) in Nepal’s context. Perhaps the American ambassador James F. Moriarty has understood this well. On the same day (Wednesday) when the whole country was tense because of rumors of government’s arms import, he was in north western border district Darchula. He said- “I fear Nepal might leave the path of democracy.”

No one has seen the immediate possibility of coup at a time when the king has been sidelined. But the ‘prediction’ of His Excellency of the superpower America is definitely not like the street lecture of Laxman Khadka [The street man who claims himself the caretaker of Nepal country, wears apparel painted with different slogans, and hangs banners in New Baneshwor on various occasions]. He probably didn’t speak without understanding anything. Apart from that, he is in a country wide rush and is active more than the leaders of SPA or ministers. There is not separate defense minister in the country but Moriarty is moving around the army’s sensitive barracks like a defense minister and interacting with the field commanders. He is not alone; a special team of Washington is busy roaming in Nepal.

It is known to everyone that American’s have friendship with Nepali generals just like majority of Nepal’s leaders enjoy close relationship with Delhi. This is also a fact that Nepali Army is undergoing a historic transition after Jana Andolan- II. The king’s chain of command has somewhat broken in the army but this institution hasn’t come under the full control of government. Foreign powers have surely understood this reality.

It was in Chairtra 2058 [five years ago] that Girija Prasad Koirala had gone to Delhi directly from Beijing to initiate a solid effort for peace by meeting Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai. At that time, the then American ambassador Michael E. Malinowski was visiting one barrack after another and provoking for war. He said many times, “There is no difference between Maoists and Al Qaeda.” That is why, he argued, Maoists must be tamed by force.

The United States provided unprecedented military assistance the king’s army with to tame Maoists. And Girija Prasad’s effort for peace through the parliament was sabotaged. The parliament was dissolved via pro-American Sher Bahadur Deuba which opened doors for the king to state the coups of Asoj 18 [Oct. 2002] and Magh 19 [Feb 2005].

Washington had recalled Malinowski well before he expressed those remarks as he had scolded a special envoy of one of their allies. But the extremist American policy wasn’t changed. Moriarty, the new avatar of Malinowski, came. Whatever the idealistic talks he gives, every steps of Moriarty aimed at disrupting peace process and democracy. Immediately after the February royal coup, he put leaders in suspicion by saying that the king should be given a period of one hundred days. And he ran to Delhi to not to let happen the 12 point agreement at a time when Girija Prasad, along with Maoists, was trying to wage a decisive movement against royal regime.

Moriarty was trying hard to break the SPA-Maoists alliance even before the April revolution. Had leaders followed his moral lectures, the country would have been under dictatorial regime till now. When the parliament was restored, Moriarty again started saying that Maoists shouldn’t be included in the government until they surrender the weapons. That was the continuity of his campaign against the 12 point agreement.

Girija Prasad had repeated a crucial point in his interviews given to Kantipur twice (Chaitra 20 and Baishak 2) when the peoples’ movement [April Revolution] was ongoing: “I have told Americans, ‘don’t make Nepal part of your ‘global strategy’, let Nepal be open, independent, and prosperous’.” Koirala had said that when America was warning that the State of Nepal was collapsing. Now Moriarty is pointing out the danger of democracy being ended in Nepal. Is the same ‘global strategy’ that Koirala understood reemerging?

It is known to the world that America’s world strategy in our land directed toward the rising power of China. These kind of ‘dirty games’ that often repeat in international politics are easy in states that are chaotic and declared failed than in peaceful ones. Is it so that Nepal’s peace process has become obstructive for such games? Probably the Nepali Congress and CPN UML activists got the hint of this. And, as Moriarty came out of helicopter in Nepali Army’s Samsher Barrack, they handed him a memorandum: “Nepalis must decide the fate of Nepali politics, you don’t interfere.”

Is Prime Minister remembering that ‘global strategy’?

Sharma, former editor of Nepal Magazine, is one of the most trusted names in Nepali journalism.

Moriarty Musing:

‘Maoists could jeopardize peace’

By J Pandey

NEPALGUNJ, Sept 15 – US ambassador to Nepal James F Moriarty Thursday said that Maoist activities could jeopardize the peace process in Nepal. “I have seen rapid political changes in the country which is heading towards loktantra,” he said, talking to journalists upon his arrival in Nepalgunj during his three-day visit to mid- and far-western regions. “But the frequent remarks of the Maoist chairman Prachanda violate the spirit of the ongoing peace process.”

“Their (Maoists’) mistrust towards the UN, and their denial to keep their ‘army’ inside cantonments contradict with the peace process. Also, they are continuing extortion,” he said. He also reiterated the American stance of not accepting the Maoists as a political force until they lay down their arms.

While clarifying the purpose of his visit to the mid- and far-western regions, the envoy said, “Nepal outside Kathmandu is different and I came here to understand it.” During his visit, the US ambassador held discussions with political party leaders, businessmen, industrialists, lawyers and human rights activists.

“During the discussions, I have been reiterating the single point; everyone should have the democratic perspective,” he said. “I have advised all political parties to be united for democracy.” Moriarty also expressed his hope to meet Prachanda. “I hope we will meet after the Maoists come to mainstream politics after laying down their arms.” (source)

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55 thoughts on “Moriarty’s Barrack Journey: Sabotaging Nepal’s Peace Process?

  1. Scoop,

    Thanks for barking unwanted advice as if you are the de-facto judge of every comment posted in this blog.

    I am not going to tell you to do this or do that based on a few lines you wrote in this blog. Hey you could be a 51 year old fat lady with 3 [icd] in reality and I could be Dinesh Wagle with one hand on Moriarty’s [icd] and other on the keyboard.

    I say to you, as you sit there and judge PEOPLE and not their comments.. you are one pathetic loser that has gotten it all wrong. you have NO IDEA who I actually am. you write all your judgmental poor comments based on what people have posted.

    What would your comment have been if I had said I am a 15 year old girl who lives in Biratnagar Nepal just pretending to be some guy living in America.

    HAHAHAHA…

  2. “What would your comment have been if I had said I am a 15 year old girl who lives in Biratnagar Nepal just pretending to be some guy living in America.”

    I would say ‘why do you want to live in Biratnagar’?

  3. I am just trying to highlight the “anonymity” that is abundant on the internet.

    It seemed to me like whoever calls himself “scoop” and many other commenters on this blog seem to jump to too many conclusions behind the “identity” of a person writing a comment.

    All I am saying is people who write comments on this blog could be “anyone” and I just used Biratnagar as an example… i could have used pokhara, syanga, butwal, france.. or anywhere..

  4. Saving Nepal,

    Listen to yourself
    “you are one pathetic loser that has gotten it all wrong. you have NO IDEA who I actually am. you write all your judgmental poor comments based on what people have posted.”

    Well what I am I supposed to base my comments on other than what people have posted – my personal knowledge of who you are????? Ha Ha.

    Further you ask me :
    “What would your comment have been if I had said I am a 15 year old girl who lives in Biratnagar Nepal just pretending to be some guy living in America.”

    That, I’m afraid would make you a liar as well as a moron.

  5. Saving Nepal,

    I forgot to add you are also a b1oody hypocrite trying to tell me to stop judging people. What the hell do you think you were doing when you stated:
    “I guess I could proudly say I have looked beyond many greedy Nepalis who simply want to come to the US for their own personal gains and never want to really GIVE back to the country that offers so much.
    It is preceisely this self-centered and selfish character of many Nepalis that have led to the current status of Nepal.”

    Thus my responses to you and your mightier than thou hypocracy. Save it and shove it.

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