By Sajjad Shaukat
While, almost all the countries in general and the US and Islamic countries in particular have continuously been facing the drastic aftermath of the September 11 tragedy, but India and Israel are the real opportunists of the US-led global war against terrorism.
Since 9/11, by availing that golden opportunity, both India and Israel have perennially been manipulating the world phenomena of terrorism and anti-Muslim approach of the US-led west in order to obtain their secret designs.
Despite a prolonged war of ten years, America and its allies failed in suppressing the war of liberations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and militancy in other volatile countries such as Somalia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Nigeria etc. through heavy aerial bombardment and ground shelling, but by exploiting the global war against terrorism, Indian and Israeli forces have intermittently been employing military terrorism such as curfews, crackdowns, sieges, massacre, targeted killings etc. to maintain their alien rule on the occupied territories of Kashmir and Palestine. Thus they are jeopardizing American global and regional interests.
In this regard, it was proved that Israeli forces also used chemical weapons against the Palestinians, while on the other side, in August, 2011, Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) officially acknowledged in its report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked graves. The report indicated 2,156 unidentified bodies which were found in mass graves in various regions of the Indian-held Kashmir. Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have disclosed that unnamed graves include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and para-military troops in the fake encounters inclduing those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.
Like Palestinian ‘Intifada’, the current phase of Kashmiri uprising began on August 12, 2008 when Indian forces killed Hurriyat Conference leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was protesting against the government decision to give land to the trust that runs Amarnath, a shrine of Hindus. While extremist Hindus favourd the decision, but due to its revocation, started protests and economic blockade of the Muslims, emulating the Israeli siege of Gaza which had resulted in starvation of many a Palestinians.
Besides, both India and Israel are acting upon a secret diplomacy, targeting Pakistan, China and Iran in particular and other Islamic countries in general. It could be assessed from the interview of Israel’s ambassador to India, Mark Sofer published in the Indian weekly Outlook on February 18, 2008. Regarding India’s defence arrangements with Israel, Sofer had surprisingly disclosed “We do have a defence relationship with India, which is no secret. On the other hand, what is secret is the defence relationship”. And “with all due respect, the secret part will remain a secret.”
In fact, by manipulating the world phenomena of terrorism, both India and Israel have also been achieving their covert goals by convincing the US-led European states that a ‘nuclearized’ Pakistan is sponsoring cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan and Kashmir. And Iran and Syria are doing the same act in Iraq, Lebanon and Israel. In this respect, equation of the ‘war of liberation’ in Kashmir and Palestine with terrorism and use of delaying tactics in the solution of these controlled territories have become the main purpose of New Delhi and Tel Aviv who also intend to divert the attention of the west from their own atrocities. While a ‘nuclearized’ Pakistan, depending upon minimum deterrence, having close ties with Beijing is immediate target of the Indo-Israeli secret diplomacy and exploitation. In this respect, with the support of US, India and Israel are in collusion as part of a plot to ‘destabilise’ Pakistan for their common strategic interests.
It is mentionable that New Delhi and Tel Aviv are collectively exploiting the double standards of the west in relation to terrorism and human rights vis-à-vis Pakistan, China and Iran. Besides, if India considers both Pakistan and China as its arch enemies, Israel takes Iran in the same sense especially due to its nuclear programme which is also negated by the US-led European countries. Israel is also against Pakistan as it is the only nuclear Islamic country. However, these similarities of interest have brought the two countries to follow a common secret diplomacy.
Particularly, on June 4, 2009, in his special address to the Muslim World, US President Barrack Obama had called for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims by stating that tension “has been fed by colonialism that denied rights to many Muslims…without regard to their aspirations”. Emphasising the two-nation solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Obama had vocally said, “It is time for Jewish settlements to stop.” Similarly, during his election campaign, while realising the suppression of Kashmiri’s struggle for independence as the root cause of terrorism in South Asia, he had repeatedly remarked that America should help in resolving this old dispute. Quite contrarily, Richard Holbrooke (The Late), special envoy of the US Administration on Afghanistan and Pakistan had clarified that he had no mandate to deal with Kashmir.
Notably, during his visit to India, on November 6, 2011, President Obama who announced $10 billion in trade deals, supported Indian demand for membership of four key global nuclear nonproliferation regimes. Owing to various agreements with New Delhi, India is purchasing latest aircrafts and defence-related equipments from Washington. America which signed a nuclear deal with India in 2008, intends to make India a great power of Asia to contain China and weaken Pakistan as well as Iran. In this connection, New Delhi has successfully manipulating the presumed threat of China.
Nonetheless, President Obama became silent over the solution of Kashmir. On the other side, he has failed in stopping Jewish settlements including the solution of Israeli-Palestinian issue as earlier promised by him. Nevertheless, politicians may back out of their statements, but it is not the job of statesmen to eat their own words. It seems that President Obama has become helpless before the Indo-Israeli and American lobbies which are well-penetrated in the US Administration, and are successfully exploiting the global war on terror.
In this context, on October 19, 2007, the special issue of South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, under the caption-‘Working for India or against Islam? Islamophobia in Indian American Lobbies’ had written, “In the past few years, Indian American community has gained an unprecedented visibility in the international arena and now constitutes influential ethnic lobbies in Washington. Among other factors, Hindus aligned with Jewish pressure groups in relation to the war against terrorism and to further the India-Israel-US strategic partnership play a major role in exaggerating Islamophobic overtones in the Indian American lobbies.”
Another regrettable point is that irresponsible attitude of Indian, Israeli and some Western politicians has introduced dangerous socio-religious dimension in their societies by equating the “war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of Al Qaeda with all the Muslims. Their media have also been contributing to heighten the currents of world politics on cultural and religious lines with the negative projection of Islam. In this regard, in the recent past, reprinting of the caricatures about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and release of a Dutch film against the Holy Quran and burning of Holy Quran by American pastor might be noted as an example. It is because of these developments that a greater resentment is being found among the Muslims who think that the US in connivance with the Indo-Israeli lobbies is sponsoring state terrorism, directly or indirectly from Kashmir to Palestine and from Yemen to Somalia.
Most alarming point in this context is that under the pretext of so-called Islamic terrorism, India and Israel are not only creating obstacles in the East-West cultural cooperation, but are also taking the world to the brink of clash of civilizations.
Meanwhile, a number of recent developments such as US war-mongering diplomacy against Iran, Israel’s threat to attack Iran, Obama’s new defence strategy, which calls for greater US military presence in Asia—maintenance of six permanent bases in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign, unprovoked firing on two Pakistan Army border posts, killing 24 troops in wake of US-backed intermittent infiltration of militants from Afghanistan and drone attacks clearly prove that President Obama has become helpless before the Indo-Israeli lobbies which are successfully manipulating the global war on terror by ignoring US cost of war which is more than seven trillion dollars including debt-crisis and other related problems which Americans have been facing.
No doubt, while the US and Islamic countries and some other western countries are the victims, but India and Israel are the real opportunists of war against terrorism.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations