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Saboteur



As with top Nepali and Indian politicians, there are cordial relations between Nepali generals and their American counterparts. The Nepal Army is going through a historic transition. Though the king's chain of command has been disrupted, the government still doesn't fully control the army. Foreign powers understand the significance of this.

Around April 2002, Girija Prasad Koirala flew to Delhi and initiated peace talks with Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai. Former US Ambassador Michael Malinowski was simultaneously visiting the barracks and provoking war. He often said, "The Maoists are no different from al-Qaeda and must be dealt with." To do so, the US provided the Nepal Army with unprecedented military aid, sabotaging Koirala's peace efforts. Pro-American Sher Bahadur Deuba dissolved the House of Representatives, giving the king the opportunity to stage his 1 February coup.

America's \'extreme' policy has not changed, and Moriarty was Malinowski's new avatar. Despite idealistic talk, his every move seemed anti-democratic and against the peace process. He caused political chaos by saying the king should be given 100 days following his coup. He then ran to Delhi to prevent the 12-point understanding, just as Girija and the Maoists were trying to launch a decisive anti-monarchy movement. During the April Uprising, Moriarty kept trying to split the Maoists and the parties. Following the restoration of parliament he continued his campaign, saying the Maoists could not join the government until they disarm.

During the people's movement, Koirala repeated a key issue. "I have told the Americans not to make Nepal part of their global strategy. Let Nepal be open, independent, and flourish on its own." Then, the US was warning that Nepal's state mechanism could be destroyed. Now Moriarty is warning of the danger of the end of democracy in Nepal. Is the US global strategy, which Girija Babu clearly understood, resurfacing? In our region, the US is focused on China. \'Dirty games' in international politics are easier and more successful in failed states than in peaceful ones. Is Nepal's peace process becoming an obstacle in the American game?



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