They did it earlier attacking Vietnam, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.. like our populist emperors do here on regular basis with so called terrorists, separatists, naxalists, maoists, activists, few remaining honest bureaucrats and now new filmy terms added like anti-national, gaadar, tukde tukde with BIG Indian Entertainers trying to trivialize the cause of eradicating corruption by promoting their own glamorous versions of “Religious Nationalism” for BOX office earnings, public sympathy and pleasing the BIG political masters. What Nationalist A or B? It will be no surprise if these uneducated bhaktoists support wars just for fun, passively or actively.
Imperial groups in US, Israel and West have opposing ideas compared with Uprising Hindus, Socialists, Arabs, Muslims, and most importantly the suffering neutral lot. Many awful news were overlooked in the midst of unavoidable revolutions out of long suppression, causalities are mostly common soldiers or citizens – neither barking media or the right-wing. Afghan government Bank was near collapse as the owners – who include some President’s bhakts and other assorted political cronies – had among other nefarious activities taken the banks assets and speculated in real estate which promptly crashed. If the bank fails the government won’t be able to pay its workers including the army. Millions in international aid may be washed away. Even official democracies like India has witnessed billions of public money looted via dozens of scams and corrupt practices by a small group of powerful cronies and their smart allies.
After Tunisia, Egypt had witnessed extraordinary events including some violence between bhakts and security forces. Under pressure the President agreed to quit office and went on television to announce that he would not contest the presidential election but would not step down immediately (some politics with opposition!) an offer which failed to calm public fury as clashes erupted between his supporters and opponents in major cities. But are the real culprits suffering or using the revolt to plan stronger comebacks via proxies!
How on earth do we get saddled with such creepy clients as Karzai and Hosni Mubarak over and over again? In large part its a vestige of the Cold War when all the world was a potential theater in the struggle against socialists, why untested democratic socialism is a threat no ones knows barring a few white and grey right-wing capitalists? Afghanistan was certainly one; the Soviet departure created a vacuum and extreme Islamic ideas like Taliban rushed in.. which will continue further in times to come as side-affects of humans deeds today! Some west effort to transfer Egypt from the Soviet account to the American side in the 1970s, later perfected by Jimmy Carter was certainly another.
The truth is both strict realism and idealism have failed West overseas. Too often realism is just a rationale for maintaining the autocratic status quo which never lasts especially when presided over by terminal narcissists like Mubarak and Karzai. Too often idealism assumes democracy can be plopped into a culture without a middle class or a history of free institutions. In India’s case, things are worse even with such things existing in abundance since time immemorial viz Ashoka’s Kalinga loot in 3rd Century following some Chanakya Niti.
A smarter foreign policy would quietly promote a careful transition from autocracy to something more benign. The best way to do this is to latch onto institutions not individual leaders in the developing countries we seek as allies. Sadly the most reliable institution to latch onto — to train equip and support — is often the army. Humanitarian aid is nice but difficult to dispense and too often corrupted. Military aid comes with strings that bind – the continuing need for spare parts for example. But strong armies create security a necessary precursor for democracy.
It is not a sure thing of course; armies have provided a steady global diet of horrific dictators. In some cases like Pakistan or Burma, military assistance helps create greater regional tension and profits the weapons dealers in west. But when lucky abroad as in Turkey the military midwifes transition to some democracy. That will be true in mid-east as well – and perhaps even in Afghanistan and few other democratic and non-democratic nations with sick business & political leaders – if the World is lucky. But what if a communal terrorist is replaced with a financial terrorist? Are we really better-off? Who comes out victorious from a revolution? Can the corrupt right-wing bhakts be paralyzed via social change or they keep terrorizing citizens with more inflation, more devaluation, more bribes, more taxes, more hypes, more divisions, more genocides, more wars, more rapes, more loot..? Watch-out!