Friday, October 22, 2010

US/CIA Impedes South Asia's Efforts To Find Place In The Global Social Justice Order

US/CIA Impedes South Asia's Efforts to Find a Place in the Global Social Justice Order
The US Govt's foreign policy imperatives, which are, as always, driven and directed by the CIA, are seriously impeding efforts by neighbor states' attempts to find its rightful place in the Global Social Justice Order.

The out-of the-box thinking needed is really just common sense. India-Pak AMITY/UNITY is the need of the hour. But the US will not allow this to happen.

Out-of-the-Box Thinking -- Is it Out of Reach?

The "out-of-the-box" thinking we need in the South Asia context, pragmatically speaking, is out of reach for the foreseeable future. Why?

1. The US has gained "strategic depth" in South Asia. The US is now firmly entrenched in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has a brand-name, AkPak, to underscore its entrenchment.

Q. Who can get the US out of South Asia? Not India, certainly not Pakistan, and certainly not Afghanistan.

2. The US has therefore secured a geopolitical advantage in South Asia, on the Pak-Afghan border, from where it can a) monitor and threaten Iran, b) stand within striking distance of Russia, 3) monitor the underbelly of several republics that once formed the USSR. ALL these sovereign nation-states are resource-rich in oil and natural gas. Afghanistan is bursting at the seams with minerals estimated in the trillions, according to a recent New York Times report quoting the US. Geological Survey.

3. The US "strategic depth" achievement, at the cost of the entire South Asia region, is a direct consequence of activities by the US since the early 1950's to turn Pakistan into a DEPENDENT client-state. The US State Department had carefully fostered Pakistan as a dependent client-state (Israel in contrast is a DOMINANT client-state of the US), during its own invented Cold War against the Soviets.

Pakistan, weakened by Partition, especially forced separation of Muslims from their Muslim brother and sisters, fell prey to US manipulation and inducements and Paks's own knee-jerk anti-India policy from the 1950's, stumbled and fell right into the open claw of the American Eagle. Pakistan is a hapless VICTIM of US Cold War strategy, Pakistan's ISI is financed and controlled by the CIA.
Who governs Pakistan does not much matter, the USCIA is in charge, with the ISI in PAID subordination to US strategic goals.
4. The US is on Pakistani soil and and there is nothing Pakistan can do about it. The US is on Afghan soil and Afghanistan can do nothing about it.
The US has NEVER been able to place even ONE US soldier on Indian soil but still India cannot do anything about the US occupation and dominance of the South Asia region.
5. The main and for now, intractable problem is that Pakistan has ACCEPTED the US as its MASTER, instead of CHOOSING India as its ALLY.
6. The out-of-the-box solution, actually the common sense solution that has been there all along, is for India and Pakistan to have a joint political and economic strategy, to make South Asia strong and independent in the global economic and geopolitical order.

Q. Can that happen in our lifetime? Some of us hope so. Some of us dream of that possibility and act everyday to bring that possibility closer to reality.

Until then, the out-of-the-box solution, to build India-Pak AMITY/UNITY, to counter US power in the South Asia region, is out of reach.

Dr. Chithra KarunaKaran
City University of New York (CUNY)
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice

1 comment:

Trueman said...

Your idea is a clarion call. It should ultimately benefit both India and Pakistan but for the extremists on both sides of the border who have their own grandiose designs like Pakistan leading a great Muslim umma and the Indians in terms of a super power who should club Pakistan at the most as another Afghanistan comes in the way of all such efforts, bringing every effort in that direction to a naught.
Both Pakistan and India along with other countries in the SAARC region can form a strong block which should in the long run result in a south Asian approach to world affairs and it should be the most appropriate thing to happen.
India and Pakistan need to understand that all foreign powers have their vested interests and therefore they would never wish the two countries come close to each other. Unfortunately this agenda suits the politicians in India as well as in Pakistan and this is exactly the crux of the problem. However as you very rightly say an out of the box solution will have to be sought and that would be the only way by which this subcontinent could turn from a region of turmoil into a region of peace.

Nayyar Hashmey