A Summary of Some Key Risks That US and Bharat Establishments will Not Talk About
The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) was signed by the US and Bharat Government this week. It will allow the US military access to Bharatiya ports, military airbases and army establishments to refuel, repair and replenish supplies. It is speculated that certain areas will be protected by US military personnel – which does raise questions about Bharat’s sovereignty and legal jurisdiction on its own soil. No doubt, LEMOA will be justified by the Establishments within US and Bharat. However, some critical questions are bound to be raised. Here are five of them.
1. Why should Bharat align with US Militarily when the US has a deplorable Foreign Policy Record?
It is common knowledge that the Defense Forces of a Country follow the Foreign Policy of its Government. The US has an inconsistent and a ferociously predatory Foreign Policy in bilateral and multilateral contexts. The US for the last seven decades has devastated regimes in the Middle Eastern, African, South American and South Asian spheres. Bharat will not be an exception, irrespective of what the US promises in order to obtain its goals. This has been the rule and is a cornerstone of US Foreign Policy. When the US has such a poor Foreign Policy record, will its Military objectives be different? In such a context, why should Bharat allow itself, its soil and defense establishment to become a conduit for allowing the US to exert might around an arrogant, predatory and destructive Foreign Policy framework of the US? The Government of Bharat and PM Modi have much explaining to do in this regard.
2. Should Bharat have LEMOA with the US which has a record of toppling democratic Sovereign Governments globally?
The US has toppled democratically elected Sovereign Governments from Guatemala to Iran, engineered coups and assassinations in Latin America, Central Americas, Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. Allowing US presence in Bharat allows it access into the core defense establishments- the Naval Bases, Air Fields and Army Centers that protect the sovereignty of Bharat. Any country with such a track record cannot be allowed to get its military infrastructure right into our midst.
3. Will having aggressive US Defense personnel in Bharat adversely impact local populations? There are clear precedents in Thailand, Philippines, Okinawa (Japan) and other European bases.
The US military has a long record of corrupting local populations. Overseas bases and centers globally have resulted in the proliferation of prostitution centers, drinking, gambling and other perversities in the form of ‘rest and recreation’. There will be issues such as illegitimate children and US will insist on US jurisdiction for the excesses of US defense personnel – further denting the Sovereignty of Bharat. The US controlled media will cover up for all these excesses.
4. Does LEMOA strengthen our Defense? Those who think it does make a terrible fallacy.
No country can secure itself if it depends on foreign armies for security. Further, close proximity of US Defense personnel with the Defense personnel of Bharat will compromise our security in unimaginable ways. Relationships will be developed to pry secrets. Other non-US equipment suppliers –Russians, Israelis, French – will hesitate to share their technologies with Bharat for fear that they may get leaked to the Americans. These aspects are strategic.
5. What about the US track record of supporting Islamic Fundamentalists, Dictatorships and destroying Democracies?
The US help in arming the ISIS with weapons for many years now is well known. A quote from the Guardian states this clearly: A year into the Syrian rebellion, the US and its allies weren’t only supporting and arming an opposition they knew to be dominated by extreme sectarian groups; they were prepared to countenance the creation of some sort of “Islamic state” – despite the “grave danger” to Iraq’s unity – as a Sunni buffer to weaken Syria (source: http://bit.ly/Gdn-USnAlliesHelpIS). The US showed poor judgment when they armed and used Islamic radicals in Afghanistan which has been suffering since 1979 when the Soviets invaded them. Can Bharat trust the US? In recent times the Syria mess and their response of arming the ISIS in order to topple a legitimate regime in Syria is yet another case in point. This was done by the Obama administration itself.
The US is a selfish country which has demonstrated an addict like characteristic that will use any charm offensive to satisfy its craving-du-jour. It will dump or wreck Bharat as soon as it develops an urge to satisfy its next fix. The US wooed Philippines, it charmed Thailand and it occupied bases in a post World War II Japan and Germany. A mere 45 years ago, it sent its 7th Fleet towards the Bay of Bengal when Bharat helped liberate Bangladesh in one of the worst cases of genocide by Pakistan. The US used Pakistan for its ends. It used Libya, Iraq for its ends too. Bharat has to understand that the US is not a reliable ‘partner’ for the US does not understand the meaning of partnership. Predators do not partner, but they do hypnotize their prey first. Bharat is fine to equip itself with arms, develop trade and technology relations with the US. Going closer than this as a ‘partner’ will be an unmitigated disaster for Bharat.
The US has successfully deployed a Trojan horse. And Bharat is being sold this so that it can be brought inside the sovereign territory of Bharat. It is unwise to trust the Anglo-US/ European Deep State just as it was unwise of the Trojans to get duped by the Greeks.
Five hundred years ago, the Anglo-European Deep States were on a mission to get to Bharat and even to get Bharat. They landed in North America in a quest to reach Bharat. In North America, the Anglo-Euro Deep State finished off the indigenous natives. They are now arriving at their true intended target, albeit 500 years late. In this 500 year span, the Anglos succeeded with an era of 200 years of colonizing and dismembering Bharat. Bharat has already paid the price of losing 80 million lives, losing its technological, medical, commercial, agriculture primacy and forfeiting its own educational system. In the process Bharat was reduced from a princely share of 25% of Global GDP to a mere pauper like 3% with its attendant consequences. A country that forgets its own history and ignores the antecedents of its new ‘partners’ loses not just its wealth but eventually its liberty.
Prashant Singh (Twitter: @ps_009)
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