The World Transformed And No One In America Noticed

Authored by Martin Sieff via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The world transformed and nobody in the West noticed.

India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The 17 year-old body since its founding on June 15, 2001 has quietly established itself as the main alliance and grouping of nations across Eurasia. Now it has expanded from six nations to eight, and the two new members are the giant nuclear-armed regional powers of South Asia, India, with a population of 1.324 billion and Pakistan, with 193.2 million people (both in 2016).

In other words, the combined population of the SCO powers or already well over 1.5 billion has virtually doubled at a single stroke.

The long-term global consequences of this development are enormous. It is likely to prove the single most important factor insuring peace and removing the threat of nuclear war over South Asia and from 20 percent of the human race. It now raises the total population of the world in the eight SCO nations to 40 percent, including one of the two most powerful thermonuclear armed nations (Russia) and three other nuclear powers (China, India and Pakistan).

This development is a diplomatic triumph especially for Moscow. Russia has been seeking for decades to ease its longtime close strategic ally India into the SCO umbrella. This vision was clearly articulated by one of Russia’s greatest strategic minds of the 20th century, former Premier and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who died in 2015. In the past China quietly but steadfastly blocked the India’s accession, but with Pakistan, China’s ally joining at the same time, the influence of Beijing and Moscow is harmonized.

The move can only boost Russia’s already leading role in the diplomacy and national security of the Asian continent. For both Beijing and Delhi, the road for good relations with each other and the resolution of issues such as sharing the water resources of the Himalayas and investing in the economic development of Africa now runs through Moscow. President Vladimir Putin is ideally placed to be the regular interlocutor between the two giant nations of Asia.

The move also must be seen as a most significant reaction by India to the increasing volatility and unpredictability of the United States in the global arena. In Washington and Western Europe, it is fashionable and indeed reflexively inevitable that this is entirely blamed on President Donald Trump.

But in reality this alarming trend goes back at least to the bombing of Kosovo by the United States and its NATO allies in 1998, defying the lack of sanction in international law for any such action at the time because other key members of the United Nations Security Council opposed it.

Since then, under four successive presidents, the US appetite for unpredictable military interventions around the world – usually bungled and open-ended – has inflicted suffering and instability on a wide range of nations, primarily in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen) but also in Eurasia (Ukraine) and South Asia (Afghanistan).

The accession of both India and Pakistan to the SCO is also a stunning repudiation of the United States.

The US has been Pakistan’s main strategic ally and protector over the past more than 70 years since it achieved independence (Dean Acheson, secretary of state through the 1949-53 Truman administration was notorious for his racist contempt for all Indians, as well as for his anti-Semitism and hatred of the Irish).

US-Pakistan relations have steadily deteriorated even since the United States charged into Afghanistan in November 2001, but through it all, US policymakers have always taken for granted that Islamabad at the end of the day would “stay on the reservation” and ultimately dance to their tune.

The United States has courted India for 17 years since President Bill Clinton’s state visit in 2000, which I covered in his press party. Current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a Joint Session of Congress in 2016, the ultimate accolade of approval by the US political establishment for any foreign leader.

US policymakers and pundits have endlessly pontificated that India, as an English speaking democracy would become America‘s ideological and strategic partner in opposing the inevitable rise of China on the world stage. It turned out to be a fantasy.

During the era of the Cold War, the “loss” of any nation of the size and standing of India or Pakistan to a rival or just independent ideological camp and security grouping would have provoked waves of shock, hurt, rage and even openly expressed fear in the US media.

However, what we have seen following this latest epochal development is far more extraordinary. The decisions by Delhi and Islamabad have not been praised, condemned or even acknowledged in the mainstream of US political and strategic debate. They have just been entirely ignored. To see the leaders and opinion-shapers of a major superpower that still imagines it is the dominant hyper-power conduct its affairs in this way is potentially worrying and alarming.

The reality is that we live in a multipolar world – and that we have clearly done so at least since 2001. However, this obvious truth will continue to be denied in Washington, London and Paris in flat defiance of the abundantly clear facts.

Comments

sheikurbootie Sun, 06/24/2018 - 22:37 Permalink

We noticed.

We noticed Obozo bowing to every leader in the world.

We noticed the "migration lie" as a means to maintain population growth.

We noticed Trump as the last chance to save America.

 

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38BWD22 sheikurbootie Sun, 06/24/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

 

Of course we're a multi-polar world.  The sooner the USA understands this, and acts appropriately in world affairs, the better.

We could start by getting out of wars and not getting into any more.  Shrink our military somewhat.

Stay out of other nations' affairs.

While we're at it, secure our borders.  We'll be fine.

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lew1024 JBL Mon, 06/25/2018 - 00:55 Permalink

I agree, the aggessive foreign and military acts are driven by the internal state of the nation as much as causes of the internal state.

AIPAC owns many votes in Congress for bills affecting Israel. MIC, ditto. Every industry spends beaucoup bucks trying to do that.

Intelligence services of the world, including the CIA, have aggressively infiltrated everything and run compromise operations against high level people in them. Including Congress.

No, this isn't something we vote our way out of, I think. Trump is the last hope. Trump is winning, but there is still enormous resistance from very powerful entities in the government and outside allies.

A close race, it seems to me.

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Superlat lew1024 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

You must be joking. Trump married his daughter off to one of the most corrupt yid families in the nation. Trump is doing NOTHING to stop the deep state so far. He claims to want to love Russia. He claimed he was getting along with China. I don't know if he's making this up as he goes along, since he clearly knows little about the world. I just don't get what his advisors are up to then. It's very provocative all the time, and provocative is considered amateur hour in diplomacy unless you're really going to do something like start an actual war.

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cankles' server 38BWD22 Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:08 Permalink

But in reality this alarming trend goes back at least to the bombing of Kosovo by the United States and its NATO allies in 1998, defying the lack of sanction in international law for any such action at the time because other key members of the United Nations Security Council opposed it.

 

On HBO's Vice season 3 episode 14 Cold War 2.0 https://youtu.be/AkW4eW7TMvM?t=26m30s

A Russian journalist explains that this is the moment that Russians fell out of love with the US.  Good episode despite Vice not being able to get away from the evil genius Putin meme.

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HopefulCynical cankles' server Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:29 Permalink

Nope. Not even close.

So long as the bankster cabal exists, we live in a unipolar world, which they control. This article is glaringly obvious in its willful ignorance of this simple fact. A few useful data points sprinkled throughout, but overall, it leaves the world worse off than had it never been written. The only question remaining to be asked is whether this was a planned disinfo drop, or merely the product of a Marxist education attempting to 'splain, to himself and others of his stripe.

All talk of freedom is moot until the Federal Reserve system is shut the fuck down.

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Oldguy05 38BWD22 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 01:03 Permalink

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SCF is based in Moscow. I thought there weren't anymoar commies in Russia!
 

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east of eden 38BWD22 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 06:48 Permalink

Read yesterday, that from 1999 to 2015, the Pentagon spent 21 Trillion dollars that it can 'not account for'. Currently there are 2,400 'auditors' trying to audit the operation.

However, it is not just the 21 Trillion of 'unallocated spending' that is the problem, the problem is much bigger than that, because in addition to the 21 Trillion, you have also spent an 'authorized' 650 Billion, annually, for your so called 'defence'. That 'authorized expenditure' amounts to another 10.4 Trillion, so, in fact, the Pentagon has received, and spent, 31.4 Trillion in 16 years, or roughly 2 Trillion per year, to maintain over 1,000 foreign 'bases' and to keep feeding the total incompetents in your armament industries with ever greater amounts of money to produce shit, that would be wiped out on the battlefield within minutes.

So, in fact, you have been spending 60% of annual government budgets on the MIC. That is a fantastic and gross amount that have left the majority of the people in your country virtually destitute.

I first heard of that 60% number from a {former} American multi-millionaire. At first I didn't believe it, but with the most recent 'revelations', I can now see that he was exactly correct. 60% of your budget is going to war production when you are not 'at war' with any significant opposition, and with the addition of trillions more for missile defence, drumpf's idiotic new 'space force' and the like, it is going higher.

Take the Abram's tanks for instance. Right now, today, you have over 10,000 Abrams in 'cold storage' in Texas and every year, Ohio produces another 1,500 of them. A tank that has long since lost any strategic advantage on the battlefield, a gas guzzler that depends for it's effectiveness on crazy, massive, in theatre resupply support, using gasoline tankers that are air dropped to the tank battalions. That might work in a third world country like Libya or Iraq, but it won't work where it counts.

If you are too fucking stupid to stop this rape of America, by your own people once again, then you deserve everything you are going to get.

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east of eden sheikurbootie Mon, 06/25/2018 - 06:41 Permalink

Drumpf isn't in power to 'save' America, that much is obvious from his actions. He is there to pick the carcass clean, and what are you going to do when they finally arrest and imprison him, and leave you alone, with no 'spiritual leader', massive debt defaults and war-like rationing of everything from toothpaste to beer?

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LetThemEatRand Sun, 06/24/2018 - 22:38 Permalink

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uhland62 Sun, 06/24/2018 - 22:52 Permalink

I live in the West (not US) and have understood this for a while. Obama interrupted it a little. He sowed temporary doubts because he was acting out the role of 'the most powerful man on the planet' very credibly. But inevitably, all plays must end when the curtain comes down.

Oldguy05 uhland62 Mon, 06/25/2018 - 01:29 Permalink

" he was acting out the role of 'the most powerful man on the planet' very credibly."

Actual NYT passage: Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset."

He was such an inclusive guy...No scandals either!

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EcoJoker Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:01 Permalink

Good... all these countries tell us to fuck off.. the better we will be.   

Until we start killing bankers and politicians.. cause these mfers need to perish for what they did to America. 

 

helloimjohnnycat Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:47 Permalink

Between chine, paki, & india, there are two billion people spitting, pissing, & shitting all over themselves and the good earth.

Yep, guns or butter, but these nuke-powered mofo'ers are hip deep in crap without ample supplies of clean water and they have the most brutal birth defects their side of the mid-east.

Article is more doom porn written by a joo-schill who only loathes himself more than America.

Bring him to me and I'd punch his face.  And, break a few fat fingers for good measure.

Just how many co-opted focus groups exist ?

None of them do a damned thing except steal wealth.

44_shooter Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

It is likely to prove the single most important factor insuring peace and removing the threat of nuclear war over South Asia”

 

between nuclear pakistan and nuclear India?  Are you high?

silverer FreeEarCandy Mon, 06/25/2018 - 00:30 Permalink

For 50 years, it was the US' turn. Now it's somebody else's turn. The US population lost 20 IQ points in the last 20 years. They were taken advantage of, rotted in place by their TV sets, and are no longer the engine of growth in the world. Skill sets have been lost. US citizens were seduced into a material world where corporations only looked at profits. Corporations turned Congress into the best government money could buy, so crony capitalism rules the day. The top 0.5% continues to fill its wallets, and they don't give a shit about you. The east sees its chance. The US is divided and weak, and a country so deeply in debt there is no hope for its future. Civil war is a real possibility. Look at the events that happen daily. Even the US leadership is encouraging citizens to violence. The US cannot dig out of its hole of debt. Americans let the government roll the bill for the good times onto their children, which tells you how the typical American now operates. Christianity is the enemy of the state now, while Putin of Russia has taken the lead to protect the Christian religion. The cards have been flipped over. And it doesn't look like the US has the winning hand.

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August silverer Mon, 06/25/2018 - 03:26 Permalink

Thanks for the summation, Silverer.   "The US is divided and weak" - indeed!  A non-zero number of Americans, including myself, have zero interest in the survival of our current governing arrangements.

Even a major "attack" on the Homeland will leave many unmoved;  sincere condolences to the dead and their families, but I for one will not be buying future war bonds, or encouraging anyone of any age to lift a finger in defense of that which now calls itself "America".

America's policy-makers slipped over the precipice with their attack on Serbia in 1999.  The final "splat" will be heard soon enough.

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Art duTrait August Mon, 06/25/2018 - 22:30 Permalink

Up-voted you for tying it back to Serbia. That wasn't the first reprehensible action the USG ever took, God knows. But it was the first one that registered as so obviously wrong to my slowly-awakening conscience. It turned me away from supporting our various and sundry "liberations" forever after. It was also the first time I realized that only one ethno-state was permissible, as long as the Master in Tel Aviv continued to operate the Blaster in Washington, D.C. No European nation would be allowed to determine its own destiny. If enforcement of that imperative meant ruining a former ally utterly, so be it. Tikkun Olam.

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