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If we hadn't supported Pakistan, things might not have gone so well in '67 in Israel

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Feb 27, 2016 at 10:21

I seem to recall reading in "Ambassador's Journal", by US Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith, that the ambassador advised not to get involved on behalf of India when the Chinese invaded in 1962, because the country was so big and poor, it was far more than we could handle. Later, he said that our aid to Pakistan was largely to blame for the 1965 war. Galbraith had exceptional access to JFK in 1962, but probably less so with LBJ, three years later -- which might be one reason we got involved with Pakistan. The other is likely the fact that by 1965, the Russians had already filled the strategic vacuum and become India's main supporter. The situation is not unlike what is going on in Syria nowadays.

Had we not gotten involved on the side of Pakistan, nobody knows how things would have turned out. Perhaps India would have conquered Pakistan. Then we might have gotten involved on behalf of our ally Iran; and instead of fighting one war in Vietnam, we would have had two wars on our hands at the same time. Because oil supplies would have been threatened, our NATO allies probably would have gotten involved as well; and things would have been a real mess in Israel in 1967. As it was, the US had friends in Turkey-Iran-Pakistan in 1967, the CENTO alliance: which gave us diplomatic pull against Russia and its proxies, Egypt and Syria.

What if, what if... As things turned out, it couldn't have gone better for Israel in '67 than it did. I believe God was in control of all that.

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