surinder wrote:Khan accepts TSP behaviour because it keeps India in check. This is just about as simple as it gets and as close to truth as any statement can be. This is, incidently, version 2.0 of the Balance of Power theory used quite effectively by British.
This raises two immediate reactions from me -
1) USA pays too cheap a price today to prop up and support Pakistan to keep India in check. If they continue to pay the nuke-armed Pakis to menace and trip up India, they do it because they are (relatively) safely out of range of the nuclear menace of Packeeland, both direct (TSPA) and indirect (LeT etc). India's approach, if we want to be vengeful, should be to raise the price of this support to the US.
The situation that makes the US happiest: Pakis continue to cultivate and spawn terrorists, but those terrorists are India-centric. LeT is the perfect example. US becomes unhappy when these terrorists become global Islamists, and start to focus on the 'Zionists and crusaders', as AQ did.
Therefore, India should strive to create the opposite of the happy scenario for the US: ensure that Islamic terrorists focus on the west, and further, enhance their ability to inflict damage on the west. The extreme variation of this would be to start proliferating nukes to groups like AQ, Iran, Palestinian groups, Somalia, Libya, etc. If the US has no problem encouraging the rabid Islamism of Pakistan, then make them feel the threat of that rabid Islamism. Make them feel the pinprick of the nuclear dagger that currently points at our throats.
Only question is: to what extent would we be hurting our own interests? Less than/ as much as/ or more than the US' interests?
2) India should reduce trade with the US to a minimum. Throw them out of the bidding process for the MMRCA Tender, refuse to allow them to build any nuclear reactors for us -- do it all nicely though, after all we are brahmin/banias. Meanwhile, we should be working actively to improve relations, trade, and defence cooperation with powers that are aligned against the US or show tendencies to be so - Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Iran, hell even China, especially China, and we should take the building of these relationships seriously and assiduously, making compromises if need be (but never incurring too high a price, whatever that may be).
Increasingly I am coming to realize that the US will not readily welcome the emergence of India as a great power -- in fact, it will go out of its way to curb our growth as far as possible. I don't know if our leadership has grasped this fact, but if they have our economic policy that increasingly looks to the US and EU for trade - incidentally leaving long-time relationships with Iran and Russia in the dust - does not reflect that awareness.
In short: the Americans can go stuff themselves, we should be looking to play our own game of balancing anti-American powers and building up a new 'concert of the world'.