Thursday, May 30, 2024

US would love a China-India holocaust

Please stop believing that United States and Pakistan have a relationship cast in stone despite president Barrack Obama proposing a $1 billion aid in civilian and military matters. The budgetary proposals released by the State Department, early this year, show a more than six-fold increase in the foreign military financing (FMF) to Pakistan from $42.2 million in 2014 to $265 million in 2016.The fact is US is in an “undeclared war” against Pakistan with its series of drone sorties, the latest of which occurred in January 2015 when one such strike on a compound in Pakistan killed two Western civilians held hostage by militants. The US drone strikes in Pakistan these days are a departure from its trends elsewhere—the targets are chosen not based on any knowledge on them but rather on observed patterns of life.

In Afghanistan, US forces have been told that all compounds are assumed to be those of civilians unless proved otherwise. The same is the case in Yemen.

Pakistan however is different in that 60 percent of US drone strikes have hit buildings.

CIA’s Pakistan drone programme has reportedly been allowed a waiver from the standard set by Obama in 2013 that targets must pose an “imminent threat” to the United States.

Last year, two similar drone attacks by US killed 22 civilians in Pakistan almost to the date of the 10th anniversary when US first made a drone strike in Pakistan.

“Never before in US history has such a lengthy and lethal military campaign been so inadequately described or justified by the government which retains the fiction that these strikes are `covert’ and unworthy of public examination,” wrote Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations in a blog piece.

The drone programme in Pakistan began in 2004 in which US allegedly targeted a Pakistani militant who had been deemed a state enemy for Pakistan but was no threat to the US. In return, as reported by the New York Times, Pakistan allowed CIA to use its airspace to attack militants.

The relations took a downturn when US violated Pakistan airspace stealthily and made the bogus claim of killing Osama bin Laden. The purport of the action was clear to Pakistan: an impression was being built that Pakistan, since it had targeted world’s most notorious terrorist, was fit to be militarily invaded.

Pakistan almost immediately made a dash to China. Pakistan’s then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, as he left for China, declared it to be Pakistan’s “best and most trusted friend.” Raza Rumi reported in the Pakistan Tribune (June 4, 2011) that at a lecture at Pakistan’s National Defense University, Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s then ambassador to the US, asked the military officers who they considered to be a bigger threat: India or United States. A majority of the officers viewed US as a bigger threat.

China lost little time in making public its commitment on Pakistan. It advised Washington to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty, adding that any attack on Pakistan would be considered an attack on China.

China understands that US maneuvering in Pakistan is meant to establish another military base at its western border and therefore enlarge its encirclement of China.

China also needs Pakistan badly. It has built a port at Gwadar in Pakistan which would allow it access to the Strait of Hormuz, the link which would improve its massive energy trade shipments. It could become China’s naval base in the Arabian Sea.

US, aware of China’s growing clout, is doing its best to prop up India as a counterweight to the middle kingdom. More Indians are getting jobs in America; massive US weapons sale have been effected and US-India military co-opeation and joint military exercises have been expanded.

Obama was quick to accept Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi this January. He not only came over, braved the drizzle for hours but also overstayed and the images of such overtures on television bowled millions of Indians over. It was seen as a diplomatic coup for Modi.

The most ideal situation for US would be if India and China nuke-bomb each other out. It would love the two Asian giants to be at each other’s throat. With both gone and Russia encircled by US missile bases and isolated from Europe by NATO, the US would have succeeded in maintaining its global hegemony.

Importantly, the US dollar will become world’s only currency. It won’t have to worry about exchange rate depreciation from debt monetization. US would then clamp down on gold and silver possessions and retain its world domination.

Unfortunately for US, the present leaders of China and India are nobody’s fools. Both Xi Jinping and Modi realize they must first grow to their full potential rather than self-destruct each other out. They want to deal with US and the rest of the world from a position of strength. Modi is espousing multi-polar associations around the world. He is making sure all of India’s eggs aren’t in the same basket.

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