U.S.-India Converging Alliance – No Good Omen for Regional Peace!

Published in Hilal English

Written By: Mehboob Qadir

That is so unfair of the U.S. and not what friends do in our part of the civilized world. The thought that Kashmiris were a small price to pay in the bargain is sadly misleading. Meanwhile the U.S. might like to remember that Indians have thousands of years of experience in statecraft and can play one superpower against the other with perfect ease.

Over 20,000 gun pellet blinded Kashmiris, thousands of women raped as a state policy of coercion and thousands upon thousands killed in fake encounters and buried in mass graves by the Indian Security Forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) do not matter as they cannot generate whopping amounts of dollars for the U.S. nor create millions of jobs, as President Trump claimed after his recent KSA visit. Further, mass persecution and state genocide of Kashmiris is not such a nice subject for a pally pally talk with Modi and his Indian chums in various nooks and corners of the White House, the U.S. Congress and some insidious but paid think tanks. It requires real character and a hang-over free mind to call a spade a spade which there are few and far between among those around. Grave human rights violations in IHK can be taken care of at some other opportune time, meanwhile let UN HR Council hum and haw about it, they seem to prefer.

 

usindiaconverging.jpgThe White House had since long been infested by political practitioners who care less about human and moral issues than economic and security interests. Trouble with the U.S. leadership had been a serious absence of the historic perspective and present one beats the rest by miles in this absolutely essential quality of statesmenship. If the U.S. leadership had a reasonable grasp of even the recent world history they would never have invaded Afghanistan; they could not have overlooked Kashmir dispute at the cost of four wars between India and Pakistan and the resultant current nuclear stand-off, too. They would have realized and admitted long ago that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program seeks to specifically deter Indian aggression against itself and not for any regional hegemony or fictional Islamic supremacy. We are not the kind of hungry wolves looking for prey in others' meadows. We grow plenty not only to feed ourselves but also living on subsistence since centuries on our western borders. These simple facts should have been apparent to even a scarecrow or a tin man but the U.S. statesmen. They have repeatedly and most remarkably ignored these facts and have chosen to pickle in their self-manufactured jar of apprehensions. This behavior and policy approach has been counter-productive for regional peace and stability.

 

Historically U.S. arrogance and insincerity with allies repels her friends and it disregards sane advice to the rue and regret of its people. U.S. leaders have consistently shown a peculiar cerebral vacancy in articulating international relations, in that they have never been able to balance a superpower’s global responsibility against its instinctive aggression and search for prestige. This mismatch or rather Cyclops’ single eyed vision has created enormous miseries for the affected countries and for decades.

Kashmiris' historic but singularly peaceful struggle for self determination in the face of brutal Indian repression is extremely commendable. Those who seek to suppress and choke this rising tide of popular resistance are deceiving themselves. It is a widespread and lasting resentment against atrocious Indian occupation which has seeped into three generations of Kashmiris and has become an inseparable part of their conscious psyche. Such an irreversibly embedded but sizzling yearning cannot be eliminated by state brutality, wholesale coercion and mass decimation of people as is being done. It is a driving ideology and not a piece of real estate to be painted, demolished or rebuilt at will. India has imported kinetic materials from Israel to mow down Kashmiri activists but failed to seek wisdom why they have utterly failed to eliminate Palestinian freedom struggle? You have to see slings and brick bats wielding young but determined Kashmiri boys and girls fearlessly opposing fully armed and protected Indian Security Forces’ contingents firing their weapons straight into the protesters, in the streets of Srinagar to believe what sort of a motivation it is. This is a storm of a different sort building up which can shake the very foundations of the Indian Union. That is in nobody’s interest in the region.


Trump administration declared Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as global terrorist ahead of Modi's visit to curry favor with the BJP hardliners in India. Fine, go ahead and take your friend to the precipice, but is that part of your global design? It is well known that U.S. now prefers to franchise her global aggression but staking out a subcontinent is quite preposterous. See what one of their leading geo-political strategist has to say about the U.S.: “The United States doesn’t need to win wars. It needs to simply disrupt things so the other side can’t build up sufficient strength to challenge it” (George Friedman, The Next 100 Years, P.5). And, “Psychologically the United States is a bizarre mix of overconfidence and insecurity. Interestingly this is the precise description of adolescent mind…” (P.28),.George Friedman further observed that “America like Europe in Sixteenth Century is still barbaric (a description not a moral judgment). Its culture is unformed. Its will is powerful. Its emotions drive it in different and contradictory directions” (P.30). He was describing U.S. way of thinking in 2010, which strikingly resembles the way presently being displayed.

 

As far as Afghanistan is concerned please remember road to Kabul passes through Khyber Pass and not Connaught Place New Delhi. Pakistan has the will and skill to help U.S. and Afghanistan out of their difficulty in that country, but you have to first put your cards on the table. A romantic desire to be there alone is erroneous like hammering a stake in the marsh to build a perch. Ignore Pakistan which you may but at the risk of peace that should be close to hearts of every one. Afghan Pashtuns are averse to foreign masters let alone Indians whom historically they have never considered their equals. Therefore, exercise caution in believing those who might lead you on to those illusive fairy meadows and bolt once the demons attack.

However, this time again U.S. would end up in the same manner as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria. Historically U.S. arrogance and insincerity with allies repels her friends and it disregards sane advice to the rue and regret of its people. U.S. leaders have consistently shown a peculiar cerebral vacancy in articulating international relations, in that they have never been able to balance a superpower’s global responsibility against its instinctive aggression and search for prestige. This mismatch or rather Cyclops’ single eyed vision has created enormous miseries for the affected countries and for decades.


Vietnam has just shown signs of some recovery from devastating U.S. military intervention more than fifty years ago. Afghanistan would take generations to recover from the comprehensive socio-economic destruction inflicted by repeated U.S. invasions. U.S. ignored the sound advice not to rock that basket and are paying very dearly for the blunder of following Brzezinski, ever since. Problem with pied pipers is that they lead you into the fairy lands but forget to tell you what to do when demons attack. Brzezinski did show the path into Afghanistan to defeat the Soviet Union but forgot to chisel a strategy of disengagement. It could not be very far when people in Washington might begin to wonder again why so much loathing in Pakistan and among Kashmiris or for that matter Indian Muslims against U.S.? Then it would be too late to fix the blame on present U.S. administration for finding a just solution to this core issue of regional peace and stability.


The present U.S. administration in league with Modi's BJP has very thoughtlessly embarked upon one of its most destructive games U.S. has ever played. They are bulldozing a perfectly legitimate and political popular movement by Kashmiri people towards a stonewall. Both are busy manufacturing and forging connections to link the movement with global terrorism by picking off its leaders and painting them black as terrorists. Once done these men of great influence would be forced to resort to non-political or kinetic means. Kashmiris will naturally link up with more than twenty other separatist movements active in India, and then foreign terror organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIL, thanks to BJP’s unthinking mistreatment of Muslims in India, likely to find space for themselves in the bloody fray that will ensue and quickly spin out of control. The present administration may go ahead and do it by all means. That will be the beginning of the end of this newest favorite India. This time around U.S. would not have Pakistan as the convenient dummy to shoot at. Blame yourself and the mad urge to destabilize the entire subcontinent hoping secretly to distract China or contain her inevitable rise to the world stage by guinea pigging India. That is so unfair of the U.S. and not what friends do in our part of the civilized world. The thought that Kashmiris were a small price to pay in the bargain is sadly misleading. Meanwhile the U.S. might like to remember that Indians have thousands of years of experience in statecraft and can play one superpower against the other with perfect ease.


As far as Afghanistan is concerned please remember road to Kabul passes through Khyber Pass and not Connaught Place New Delhi. Pakistan has the will and skill to help U.S. and Afghanistan out of their difficulty in that country, but you have to first put your cards on the table. A romantic desire to be there alone is erroneous like hammering a stake in the marsh to build a perch. Ignore Pakistan which you may but at the risk of peace that should be close to hearts of every one. Afghan Pashtuns are averse to foreign masters let alone Indians whom historically they have never considered their equals. Therefore, exercise caution in believing those who might lead you on to those illusive fairy meadows and bolt once the demons attack.

 

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