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Twenty First Century Imperialism …
|by Ananya S Guha|
The victory of Barack Obama signals the return of power and indicates that the policies of the US are by and large mandated by the people of the country. In his speech the arch rival of Obama Romney reiterated that he would still pledge his support to Obama’s Government and his prayers were with Obama. This is indeed a break away from the Indian political scene where the candidate who is defeated in an election immediately starts attacking and throwing diatribes against his opponent. But the Americans appear to be more graceful in defeat. This is a lesson which we might learn from their polity.
The other lesson equally significant is that whether it is Obama or no Obama America will still follow the path of aggrandizement and interference in other nation states. This has been a bellicose policy of theirs since the Vietnam War described by many commentators as a pyrrhic victory. Perhaps it was Presidents like Abraham Lincoln only who wanted the country to follow footsteps of racial equality. This has been followed by subsequent Presidents at least on paper, but the external policy of the US is not only self aggrandizing but literal interference in the affairs of other countries. True many of these countries have been ruled by dictators of the worst kind, starting from Iran but the whole question is whether political and military interference in Iran, Afghanistan, or Syria is justified.
Romney’s polite remark after defeat shows that irrespective of who is the presidential winner, the foreign policy of the country will not change, which in a word is imperialistic and that of the conquerer, to use a more atavistic term. The economic recession in the US did bring about a decline in the country’s resources but it has regained this to some extent by sheer merchandising and brain drain resources of the country, which makes it also weapon and arsenal packed.
India’s role has always been to kow tow even when it is an open secret that the US clandestinely pampers Pakistan, otherwise how would one expect Gadaffi to be killed in Pakistan and search operations being carried on there even without Pakistan’s knowledge? America has made countries in the world its surrogates forcibly, hence the call for interference in the affairs of the countries and even justification for it!
And, the biggest tragedy is that our President wins the Nobel Prize.
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