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US is playing both India & Pakistan, in more ways than one

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The India-Pakistan conflict has revealed an incredibly ugly side of the Middle East’s regional geopolitics. What I mean is, if you thought it was ugly before, it just got a whole lot uglier.

For example, it now transpires that Israel has had a specific stake in the India-Pakistan conflict, as Israeli-made bombs dropped on Pakistani villages during the recent bombardment. Apparently, Israel is a key weapons supplier to the Indian army, supplying a billion dollars of arms each year. If it weren’t for veteran journalist Robert Fisk, the Israel-India deal would most likely have been kept in the dark from the mainstream eye for some time to come.

Like most volcanic eruptions in the Middle East, the US has also adopted a schizophrenic approach that can only be explained if you combine the insanity of the Trump administration and the geostrategic chess game that lunatic neocons have mapped out for US foreign policy strategy for decades.

“The U.S. condemns yesterday’s horrific terror attack on Indian security forces,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter at the time. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand with #India as it confronts terrorism. Pakistan must not provide safe haven for terrorists to threaten international security.”

Okay, so the US is sticking with India and pushing back on Pakistan? Hardly surprising, given the US had already completely turned its back on Pakistan in a bid to ensure it ceases being so cozy with China and Iran.

And yet, at the same time, the US had begun quietly pressuring India to kowtow to its interests as well. Just last week, the Trump administration notified Congress that it intended to scrap trade concessions for India, previously the largest beneficiary of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that impacts over $5.6 billion worth of trade for India. The GSP was established in the 1970s to encourage economic growth in some of the world’s 121 developing nations.

It also bears mentioning that in tandem with its attack on India, the US has also included Turkey on its recent........

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