I'll hopefully publish this imagery tomorrow.
That might indicate that the IAF was under pressure from Pakistani jets and released without a full lock-on, but considering the GPS guidance preloaded with coordinates I would say it was a political decision to limit escalation.
— Nathan Ruser (@Nrg8000) February 28, 2019
Pakistan is offering to return the pilot as a gesture of goodwill. Huge humiliation for India on every level.
I’m extraordinarily impressed with Imran’s handling of the crisis. This is the end of Modi, who should have been the Indian Benjamin Nethanyahu.
Pakistan has been cool, strategic and conciliatory while India has been bombastic, hotheaded and bloodthirsty. Completely outfoxed and to lose in a dogfight with Pakistan is a big shame on the Indian air-force.
(1.) The citizenship amendment is dead in the water; Pakistani and Bangladeshi non-Muslims aren’t going to swell India’s non-Muslim population any time soon.
(2.) India has galvanised the Pakistani people, burnished Imran’s leadership and brought the army & people together.
(3.) The global sympathy for India post the terror attack has dissipated.
(4.) India wants to play clean in a dirty neighbourhood. Pakistan cheats to win as it has done this time. Pakistanis are the ultimate survivalists, India do not understand the Pakistani or the Muslim mindset whatsoever (that’s why we have BP).
(5.) Kashmir is close to some sort of endgame. India cannot vent on Pakistan for its own quagmire in Kashmir. Two Nation Theory is THE dominant ideology of South Asia; Muslims cannot live in non-Muslim countries unless they are a single digit minority. Either Kashmir goes to Pakistan or it becomes Hindu.
(6.) Sikhs sympathy for Pakistan and Muslims is interesting to watch; there is a divergence in their views with the Hindu mainstream (Indian Muslims are a fifth column of course).
This is quite sad since if India had played its hand correctly, stayed the course and instead redoubled it’s activities in Kashmir; it could have scored a major victory.
India focuses on Pakistan, which is harmless and only dangerous when provoked, but refuses to zero in on Islam, which is the real villain in all of this.
Islam is a rigid absolutist faith that indoctrinates its followers to believe that there was once a Pedophile, who was blessed with Perfection. All Muslims are hardwired to defend this pedo at any cost. This is a threat to the liberal order and the only way to deal with it is to side-step them. Muslim societies cannot create prosperity (Turkey had Ataturk, Malaysia has the Chinese).
I don’t have any personal animosity towards Islam but what is shocking to me that over the past few decades Muslims have managed to silence any criticism of the religion and deem it Islamophobic. It’s important to flout this blanket ban since it’s a straight line to Hazrat Asia’s imprisonment, where Pakistani liberals have been complicit in her torture and imprisonment.
India must go for Zombistan’s kryptonite, which will always be Islam. Iqbal & Jinnah played with fire when they created a nation state on these lines but that is not India’s problem; Pakistan left to its own devices will fail. But these moral and tactical victories means that Pakistan gains a new lease of life. This is probably the first time since 1962 that Pakistan has won a victory against India.