We Need India More Than Ever
The shock of the Benazir Bhutto assasination still reverberates, and I fear that Pakistan is headed for civil war and Iraqi-style disintegration.Â Pakistan isÂ prime example of a geopolitical nightmarish mish-mash of disparate and outright hostile nations, often split with other countries, much like Iraq.Â The biggest security difference of course is the nuclear component of the Pakistani armed forces.
India is Pakistan’s biggest rival and a shining beacon of democracy in a troubled south centra Asia.Â Instability in Pakistan is a clear and present danger to an IndianÂ state with its own disparate mix of nations and a sizable Muslim component.Â Kashmir has been relativley quiet, but will certainly erupt into conflict if Pakistan disintegrates and/or falls into the theocracy trap.Â India has far exceeded Pakistan in the modernization of its armed forces and willÂ be very tempted to strike preemptively at Pakistan’s nuclear assets should they be on the verge of falling into radical Islamist hands.
India also made the news recently with its suspension of arms sales to Burma, and it continues to play geopolitical games with China.Â I’ve long been interested in the Himalayan region, and there remain several border clash hotspots between India and China.Â Of course China is our number one current and future geopolitical adversary.
India is a shining light in this troubled and often dictatorial and inhumane region.Â The United States needs to move strongly towards India, without fear of further alienating Muslim countries.Â I frankly do not ever see any chance of a long lasting relationship with the radical Islamists, whoÂ certainly seem to be on the rise in the Muslim world. Â India will need our support more than ever should Pakistan become Talibanized.Â We need to start now.