By Yasmeen Ali
India successfully tested ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000km-going uncriticised by USA which has shown an obsession over the years about a ‘supposed’nuclear programme by Iran, and a huge concern for the failed rocket launch by North Korea a few days earlier. India has increased its military spending by 13% this fiscalyear, to roughly US $38 billion(The Independent UK, dated 20thApril, 2012 ,article titled, ”India’s nuclear ambition must not be ignored”). Yet it has not raised US ire-or eyebrows!
India, the bully of the region has happily announced its entry in an exclusive club withinthe comity of nations having the capability to hit 5,000 kilometers. Chinese newspaper,Global Times(Beijing), hit out at Western countries for double standards for not condemning the test firing of the Agni-V.”The West chooses to overlook India’s disregard of nuclear and missile control treaties,”the editorial said. “The West remains silent on the fact that India’s military spending increased by 17 percent.” LINK: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/warns-04192012110819.html
Double standards it is!
There is a club within a club, of countries of the world who can get away with murder(literally) while others must behave or face the stick of the Master. Pakistan being the favorite whipping boy!
The question here is the geo-political interest of US in the region. The question here is the need to hold back China emerging as a super power in near future, if at all. The need here is to support a country within the region to act, or seem to act as a deterrent to China. Obvious choice: India.What USA had completely overlooked in this game of regional hegemony is when you let the genie out of the bottle, it will refuse to go back in the bottle. It can one day, turn upon the master, once his heart’s desire of being let out is fulfilled.
USA has learnt no lessons from history. In it’s short term policy of countering Russian influence in Afghanistan , it had created Mujaheddin(now re christened Taliban).Today, the specter of the ghost hounds them. But not really a ghost is it?