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Distrust syndrome
USA’s double games created all the enemies it has...

The Second World War was a watershed incident in the history of mankind for not just the worst genocide & the mayhem that reduced the world to rubble. It was also a watershed event for the fact that it heralded the beginning of an era of intense distrust & animosity among the countries on whose shoulders were the responsibility of resurrecting a new & sensible world order in the aftermath of the war. And more than anyone else, USA had a major role to play in not just initiating this vicious atmosphere but also in letting it bloom. Who in the era of the Cold War would have believed that USA & USSR had been in the same side during the Second World War & were equally determined to see that the tyranny of Hitler & his Nazi regime come to an end? Who would have believed that the US even supplied weapons to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Agreement without which it would have been more difficult to see the demise of Hitler?

Yet in the aftermath of the war & having made sure that the downfall of Hitler was forever, USA turned its guns on the Soviet Union, the starting point of which was the division of Berlin and the culmination of which was in the 40 odd year long Cold War. The US, strangely enough, simply could not trust that very nation whom it had supplied weapons once. This distrust continued & is vibrant even today when USSR has disintegrated & Russia as its successor has accepted market economy. In the same league the Mujahideens were trained and motivated to fight against the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in late 1980s. Yet, the Americans were equally thankless towards the Mujahideens in the aftermath of the humiliating Soviet defeat in Afghanistan as they were towards the Soviet at the end of the World War II. Today this very concept of global war on terror is nothing but a reminiscent of the same Cold War between USA &USSR albeit that this time it’s not colder but dangerously hot. Yet, it doesn’t end here only. And it would never perhaps.

trust others more and apprehend less.
As another example of this double game of USA, let’s have a look at the China story. In the last two decades the world has witnessed an unprecedented growth in Chinese economy, catapulting it into an exclusive league. Much of this growth can be attributed to the incredible amount of investment made by American companies in Chinese SEZs which not only helped China but improved the cost competitiveness of the US companies massively without compromising on quality. Yet, today the US cannot withstand an economically and militarily strong China, which it thinks would pose a grave danger to its supremacy in the long run. Perhaps for ensuring that this apprehension doesn’t take a monstrous turn, the US is cozying up to India & hailing it as a responsible force to reckon with, albeit with an ulterior aim to develop a counter force to China. But does it end here? Unfortunately no. Because the US doesn’t at the same time want to see an unchallenged India, all the more reason for it to arm Pakistan & often turn a blind eye to its subversive activities in India. All in all, the US has for long this habit to use one against the other to keep its supremacy unchallenged. All the more reason for India, China & Russia to come together. But the world would have been a much better place if the US could trust others more and apprehend less.

By:- Pathikrit Payne

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