Mike Whitney “These two visions, one of tyranny and murder, the other of liberty and life, clashed in Afghanistan. And thanks to brave US and coalition forces and to Afghan patriots, the nightmare of the Taliban is over and that nation is coming to life again.” – George W. Bush, The War College Address, 2004 [...]
It is true that any solution to Kashmir problem has to come out of an agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad albeit with the representation of views of people of Jammu and Kashmir, but to garner support at public level in both India and Pakistan for a formidable solution is the duty of these leaders who see more towards the world powers than to the real constituencies in the South Asia.
We had argued in our post, Cold War Gains Momentum that in the Indian context, USA wants to thin down Chinese influence for which it needs India’s support. It would now be prudent to “engage and act east” firmly with Indian characteristics. Should the economic and military cooperation with US be increased as part of this policy it should not be at the cost of raising tensions with China. A tough call for Indian policy makers.
The Indian experience of winning hearts goes to prove that the Indian approach has delivered every time in dealing with the nuances of wearing heart on its sleeves. Today the situation in Kashmir is far better than in any other proxy war led situation in the world. India has a lot to teach the world about fighting among people by resorting to a multi dimensional humanitarian approach.
When US president Barack Obama announced in Canberra that he was refocusing US military attention in the Asia-Pacific region, he was in effect sounding the bugle cry for a new Cold War – this time with China. Just the other day, Obama urged China to “grow up” and act responsibly on the world stage. In the meanwhile, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Friday that “outside forces” had no excuse to get involved in a complex dispute over the South China Sea, offering a veiled warning to the United States and others not to stick their noses into the sensitive issue.
US began nominal withdrawal with pulling out of 1000 troops comprising two groups - the Iowa National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment soldiers from Parwan province in eastern Afghanistan, and the other group from the capital, Kabul. It is not yet clear whether the surge of 33,000 troops has yielded any tangible results but the pull [...]
The Arab uprisings are beyond the control of Western Military intervention. They need proactive diplomacy.
The UN needs to take lead to resolve these uprisings rather than open other fronts of war which would submerge a major portion of humanity in a West versus Islamist struggle.
Af Pak Clinton warns against US abandonment of Pakistan - Associated Press of Pakistan: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned against abandoning Pakistan again as she urged Capitol Hill to back the administration’s request for assistance for key allies including Islamabad. …. Clinton noted that the U.S. standing in Pakistan is difficult. ‘When I [...]
South Asia Corruption Undermines India’s Self-confidence – Washington Post U.N.: 2010 Deadliest Year for Afghan Civilians – Los Angeles Times U.N.: Taliban Causes Most Civilian Deaths – New York Times Pakistan Educational ‘Emergency’ - BBC News The Post-Afghanistan Threat Environment SWJ Blog The Arab Revolution Qaddafi Forces Take Back Strategic Town From Rebels NYT Rebels and Gaddafi [...]
In our post The Egyptian Intrigue we had presented the historical perspective of the winds of change sweeping the Arab World. The Egyptian fire is spreading across this world amidst speculation that Egypt was a coup by the military “Regime” and not a revolution. This could be a western perception management gimmick but what holds [...]