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Of Trump’s trumping and domestic shenanigans

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13.01.2018

I had decided not to comment on Trump’s latest tweet; too many were already doing so. Moreover, I had said my bit. No point in repeating it ad infinitum. Yet many others are of the opposite persuasion. Thus they prefer to continue wasting time as they attempt to shame Trump and the US over recent duplicities. Namely, the latter is privy to the fact that both Mangal Bagh’s Lashkar-e-Islam (LEI) and Mullah Fazlullah’s Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are funded and hosted by the Afghan government. The latter is, of course, encouraging them to attack Pakistan from secure bases across the Duran Line. This is not just well known: it’s an established fact.

If the US has decided that the containment of China is a top national priority, it will also know that Beijing’s main vulnerability in the west comes from its restive Uighur population in Xinjiang; which is prone to Islamic militancy. The other strategic ‘threat’ comes from the fact that all its ports lie to the east; where American naval bases abound. These can interdict not only military maritime movement — but also commerce. This is where CPEC comes in, for although it is an economic Corridor it also serves as a vital alternative. After all, there is no US potential for interference here.

Yet if China and CPEC are to be destabilised, Afghanistan represents the ‘ideal’ location from where Islamic extremism can be exported in multiple directions. That is, directly to Beijing before heading north to Central Asia from where it directly threatens Russia; a Chinese ally and a challenger to US hegemony. The risk of militancy may also turn back towards the Middle Kingdom from numerous trajectories. And Afghanistan is a great........

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