When Strategic Interests Conflict
The chickens have finally come home to roost. After decades of national policy of fomenting terrorism in the neighborhood, the snake fed and protected by successive Pakistani governments, Army and their masters, the rogue intelligence agency, ISI have finally started to bite them.
The terrorists born and bred under the patronage of the Pakistani military which was pursued as a strategic interest has now attacked the PNS Mehran naval base and destroyed 2 P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (bought from the US as strategic interest against India). Ironical how one strategic interest is conflicting with the other.
After being kicked in the butt by the US who unilaterally took action to kill Bin Laden in Abbotabad, now Pakistan has run to its other “all-weather” friend China. What is funny is how Pakistan has no qualms prostrating itself in front of anyone who can give it alms. There is no shame or determination to take the country on the path of economic development or spine demonstrated by successive governments.
The begging is what takes the cake. After leeching off almost $15 billion from a naive American government post 9/11 in the guise of “war on terror”, they have run to their other friend, China who has over the decades not even given $500 million in aid. In an effort to pitch one superpower against the other, Pakistan is now trying to threaten US that if it doesnt stop the attacks on its soil, it will run into the willing arms of its rival, China.
Pakistan is like the country who keeps a gun to its own head and threatens everyone else. Its high time the US government calls its bluff and cuts off all aid. Then see how long Pakistan can sustain itself. You will soon see the Pakistanis grovelling on all fours and coming back apologising.
One is confused if one should sympathise with the thousands of innocents being killed in Pakistan by suicide bombers and other terrorist acts. The Indian government’s constant harping that a peaceful and stable Pakistan is in our own interest is nothing but hogwash. A stable and peaceful Pakistan is nothing but a bigger headache for India than one that is broken up into a few pieces and let all the pieces either live in peace of fight amongst themselves.
The earlier the Indian government realises the folly of engaging the Pakistani government or its masters (their Army & ISI), the better it is for them. I rather the Indian government put their energies in building better relations with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar & Sri Lanka.
For starters, how about throwing open our economy to the above mentioned 5 countries for free trade. Its time we stopped behaving like a big brother in the neighborhood and display our large heartedness to these countries who are more worthy of our time, money and friendship.
Above pictures courtesy: NDTV