Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Feb 17, 2007 at 14:43
Dear AS , thank you for your valuable comment !
> both of you made interesting points about alignment of Russia, China n possibly India. while Russia is no friend, still America should not try to intervene in Eastern Europe at the scale it does. every geographical/cultural region has a natural leader. would have been prudent if America gave concessions to Russia. same is true for China.
I completely agree. A minimum of good will and modesty on America's side might bring disproportionate gain in comparison to the inevitable costs involved. Instead what we get are disporoportionate losses and minimal gains.
> it is also true that both these countries have muslim problems, but then islamic countries can make concessions to enlist their support. islamists hate the west. so they will have no problem in trying to align these 2 countries towards them.
Exactly, but the West doesn't care much about that. This West as it slowly becomes a Moslem colony lives in a happy illusion that being so Moslem-friendly it is thus protected against Moslem banditism.
> however, america keeps on doing strange things. as an indian i am completely baffled with the support america provides to pakistan,
I am also baffled but I am totally sure that there is some hidden logic behind all of that. As long as the archives are inaccessible it's hard to make sure what game is being played by America.
One guess might be that it is because America has taken over the role once played by Kaiser Germany and earlier by the British Empire, namely that of being the protector of Islam. It would explain at least why America is so soft on the so called "religion of peace" , so obsessed with semi-mythical Moderate Islamists.
> and for that matter to all the sundry dictators in the middle east. they use your weapons to kill you for Christ's sake!!! and you're right, hindus will be the last people who shall align with these creatures from middle east. we have suffered the most from islam. only hindus have the manpower and the desire to provide it against this disease. atrocities of the past need to be corrected.
Well, the problem is if America will ever agree to give India a chance to use her huge potential against that plague of today. Inasmuch I know America it will rather help Moslems to blackmail India.
> but coming back to russia and china, these are countries that can be engaged by america, but america seems to be going the other way on this front. in fact especially with russia, india could be used as a useful bridge. but no! america prefers dealing with islamic dictators while fighting war on terror (whatever that means!!). as i write american/brit soldiers are dying both in afghanistan and iraq. the people in Washington D.C. need to wake up and stop prostituting their public to saudis and pakistanis and egypt. these 3 countries are the prinicipal centers of islamic terrorism.
You're absolutely right. America is a sort of a global prostitute that sells its body and mind to any determined and generous "customer " . Otherwise I can't explain the appalling extent of Saudi briberies in America's political life and its mad pro-Islamic politics on the Balcans and elsewhere.
America seems to be one of few countries which having to choose between two evils prefer the greater evil and always find a good rationale for that . All Moslem coutries - and Saudi Arabia first and foremost -hate America and still America in a whimsical Christian reaction pays their hatred back with ostentatious support and eulogies. In part it is bought support of course , but in part it corresponds to the American "dream" of being an altruistic nation that it so willingly sells abroad.
As long as its leadership doesn't change radically and all the corrupting influences of the Arab petro-dollars don't stop or are disclosed in a scandal comparable to the Watergates affair I am quite pessimistic about any progress in the war on Islamic terror or in improving the global alliances.
To put it in brief America ( or the West in general) needs its Gorbachov and glasnot and perestroyka to overcome its present political stagnation and self-delusion. But I am afraid it will need a few more 9/11s to do so.
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