Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Indo-American Alliance: More than just a Strategic Partnership

When this web log started, I said the West and India are natural allies; now here is the incontrovertible proof: (Emphasis added.)
The global war on terrorism, the invasion of Iraq and the sonorous espousal of democracy for all have just been relegated to their subordinate place in the strategic priorities of the Bush administration. Its real legacy was announced last Friday, in a low-key briefing at the State Department that explained in some detail the historic decision that has been made.

It is now the policy, or perhaps that should be rephrased as the Grand Strategy of the United States, "to help India become a major world power in the 21st century. We understand fully the implications, including military implications, of that statement."

There is really no precedent for this in the 230 years of American diplomacy. This was never said to China, nor to Japan, nor to post-Soviet Russia. The Bush administration's National Security Strategy paper published in September, 2002, had said that the United States would not permit the emergence of any hostile strategic peer competitor, which means that India is now deemed in the White House to be fundamentally and permanently friendly, a status granted hitherto only to the British.

The implications of this are enormous. The first is that the United States now considers that the 21st century is going to be defined by the struggle for mastery in Asia, that China must not be allowed to win that status by default, and so India must be built up to provide an essential balance. (UPI)
India and America have long wanted to like each other but, on account of India's Cold War alliance with the former Soviet Union, couldn't. Both have much in common: they were formerly colonized by Britain; both threw off the yoke of Britain, their colonial master (even if India did so 170+ years later than the American colonies); the more educated members of each country speak English; and the people in both countries--to varying degrees--appreciate their British heritage. With the end of the Cold War, the adversarial relationship between America, leader of the West, and India, the cradle of Hindu civilization, has started to thaw.

With the U.S. State Department's declared policy of helping India become a world power, aid and cooperation between India and America--and thus aid and cooperation between Hindu Civilization and Western Civilization--is beginning to take place at levels which will alter the balance of power in the world. How this alliance will affect each country and each civilization will not be known for some time. What we should know is that the U.S. State Department's declaration of policy toward India is an important event that, in time, will affect the world.

Works Cited

UPI. "Walker's World: U.S. to make India a world power." 29 March 2005. United Press International, Washington Times. 5 Oct 2005. <http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050329-084255-7465r.htm>

4 Comments:

Blogger JohnWatson said...

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6:11 PM, October 09, 2005  
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1:24 AM, October 11, 2005  
Blogger ShrinkWrapped said...

Thanks for posting this item; I think it is hugely significant and I have posted about it on my blog, with a link to your post.

3:44 PM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger stefan said...

Fantastic news for India, the United States and for the growth of freedom worldwide: a Far East strategy of 'India up, China down and the US in'.

12:52 AM, October 22, 2005  

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