Responding To Chuck Hagel
The truth is that as long as the corrupt foreign puppets that comprise our political class are not replaced by a new class with a new political culture it is futile to even discuss foreign policy
After the new US Defence Secretary Mr. Chuck Hagel’s speech delivered to an Oklahoma University in 2011 resurfaced there was consternation expressed by several Indian voices. In that speech Mr. Hagel accused India of financing projects in Afghanistan that created problems for Pakistan. He said: “India for some time has always used Afghanistan as a second front, and India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border.” The Indian government reacted through its embassy in Washington by stating: “Such comments attributed to Senator Hagel, who has been a long-standing friend of India and a prominent votary of close India-US relations, are contrary to the reality of India’s unbounded dedication to the welfare of the Afghan people.” After this pathetic response one can appreciate why Mr. Hagel would want to be a “long-standing friend” of such a servile government. The opposition has demanded an apology and retraction from Mr. Hagel. As if an apology would substantively alter the situation!
The truth is that as long as the corrupt foreign puppets that comprise our political class are not replaced by a new class with a new political culture it is futile to even discuss foreign policy. But for those who dare to look beyond the depressing present to a robust future a few thoughts related to Mr. Hagel’s observations would be in order. Indians are angry because they perceive Mr. Hagel’s allegations to be false. They should be angry because Mr. Hagel’s allegations are not true. If the Indian government is not using its contacts in Afghanistan to weaken Pakistan’s hold in that region, why on earth is it not doing so? India after it wakes up will stop reacting to moves by big nations and start initiating its own moves. For a start Mr. Hagel and the bunch of morons who conduct US foreign policy need to be reminded of a few facts.
Whatever India might or might not do there is not the slightest doubt that China’s puppet government in Islamabad operating through its army in Rawalpindi has been carrying on for decades a sustained campaign of cross border terrorism and subversion in India’s Kashmir and Northeast regions. This activity is not intended to deliver a just and honourable settlement to the Kashmir people but to perpetuate instability and violence to destabilize India. The hypocritical sermonizers in Washington do not utter a peep about this. What is worse they remain equally silent about China’s central role in proliferating nuclear weapons and even aiding sections of Jihad terrorists about whom America continues to make hypocritical noises. Earlier China collaborated with Al Qaeda, even signing a protocol to set up a communication system for the previous Taliban government, on the very day that the 9/11 terror was unleashed. There was not the tiniest reference to this by Mr. Hagel or other US leaders. More recently China provided arms to Iranian Shiite terrorists.
America’s silence over Beijing’s wanton violations of basic international norms is understandable. For decades corrupted US leaders subverted America’s security and national interests by encouraging an adverse balance of trade with China that strengthened the People’s Liberation Army. Some top US leaders were financially corrupt. The rest were intellectually corrupt refusing to voice legitimate criticism of such subversion. As a result America today is reduced to being a huge debtor to China held hostage by Beijing. Its corrupt politicians have helped anti-national US businessmen to deny jobs and welfare to their own people while they earned huge profits through collaboration with China by utilizing its underpaid workers who in the earlier years were employed in conditions that violated all international labour norms. Did Mr. Chuck Hagel who displays such touching concern for Beijing’s puppet regime in Islamabad spare a thought for Beijing’s role and the consequent plight of the American people?
These are some of his views on China by Mr. Hagel in an interview to Robert Nolan aired over Public Broadcasting System: “China is going to emerge and grow. It should; we should welcome that… Trade, exchanges, relationships, common interests; all those emerging nations and economies, and strengths are all captive to basically the same kinds of things: stability, security, energy sources, resources, people. Everything that we have to have in our country to prosper, so do the Chinese… The Chinese have bigger problems though. They’ve got huge problems, starting with the fact that they’ve got 1.3 billion people, and hundreds of millions of them live in abject poverty. That means jobs, that mean all the rest. They’ve got energy issues they’re going to be living with … They are a great power today, and they going to continue to be a great power—and that’s okay. But we shouldn’t cower in the wake of that, or we shouldn’t be concerned that they’re going to take our place in the world… I’m not worried about this country if we continue to do the wise things, the smart things. We lead the world; we don’t dictate to the world, we don’t impose to the world, we don’t intervene everywhere, and we don’t occupy and invade. We work with our allies.”
Yep! Mr. Hagel would like to work with allies like China and Pakistan. He would like America to continue not to “dictate to the world… impose to the world… intervene everywhere… occupy and invade.” He should tell that to the Afghans. He should tell that to the Marines. I don’s see why Indians focused on the future should bother about Mr. Hagel. Frankly I don’t see why they should bother about America unless it changes as much as India needs to change. India should worry about domestic reform, not foreign policy.
By Rajinder Puri