Russia Rapidly Restored Balance of Power
By Sajjad Shaukat
Renowned scholars of international relations, Lord Castlereagh, Quincy Wright, Hans J. Morgenthau and Kenneth Waltz agree by remarking, “Checking the unusual dominance and hegemony of the world by a single power is very essential for the survival of other states which live in anarchic situation where there is no international agency to impose international law and to provide security…the concept of balance of power rests with the basic assumption that excessive power in the system is a threat to the existence of other units and that the most antidote to power is power.”
During the Cold War era, balance of power was maintained by the former Soviet Union and the United States. One could note stability in the world, as interests of the weak countries were being safeguarded by the opposite interests of the two superpowers.
After the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, power-vacuum was created in the world. Waltz and other thinkers expected “unipolarity to give way quickly to multipolarity as other major powers of Europe and Asia would move individually and collectively to balance the preponderant power of the United States.”
Unfortunately, other major nuclear powers or any prospective alliance did not challenge America’s hegemony in accordance with the system of balance of power. In that backdrop, the US emerged as the sole superpower in the unipolar world. In consultation with his Zionist-advisers and neo-conservatives, American former President Bush, (The Senior) replaced the old bipolar order with the New World Order, with the US acting as a kind of global policeman to protect the political and economic interests of Israel and the American Jews who are owners of many big cartels—multinational corporations, oil companies, banks etc., including print and electronic media of the US in particular and the world in general. Thus, by dominating American internal policies, Zionist Jews mould country’s foreign policy for their own interests and those of Israel.
In the unipolar world, even the United Nations system underwent a tremendous change. It became an instrument of the US policy to establish American hegemony in the world. The Third World and the Muslim countries were compelled to realign their domestic policies according to Washington’s dictates. In order to obtain the hidden agenda of Jews, the US imposed its sudden terms of globalisation such as free markets, privatization, de-nationalisation etc. on the ill-prepared developing countries, which left behind shattered nations and a global financial crisis. It further widened the gap between the poor and the rich countries or G-7 countries. The corporations and international financial institutions like IMF and World Bank which are indirectly controlled by the Jews have continued to drive the project of glaobalisation through the sole superpower. Besides, America’s child-killing sanctions against Iraq and Iran; late action to curb ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, support to Israel’s aggressive occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, with vetoing any effective action by the UN to curb the Israeli state terrorism greatly annoyed the Muslims all over the world.
When President George W. Bush became the US president, he and the neo-conservatives crossed all the limits in securing the political, economic and religious interests of the Jews and Israel at the cost of Muslims and patriot Americans. Under the mask of the 9/11 catastrophe, preplanned strategy of the neo-conservatives and Zionist Jews headed towards unexpected developments such as employment of pressure-diplomacy on the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan, Indonesia etc., including almost all the Arab states which joined Bush’s anti-terrorism war. US did not bother for rise of more militancy and internal instability in these countries because it wanted to destabilise these countries for a greater Israeli.
However, system of balance power is so essential for the world that even alliances and counter-alliances are made to check the dominance of a single state, as Morgenthau also wrote in his book, “Politics Among Nations”. But, after 9/11, no such alliance was made. Even, almost all the major Western countries including NATO states also joined the fake global war on terror, when Bush warned, “either you are with us or with terrorists.”
In this regard, Machiavelli who warns against “bandwagoning,” opines, “Active balancing is both more prestigious and more secure…failing to align with the weaker can leave you victim to the designs of the winner [Stronger], without the support of the weaker.”
Nevertheless, in the aftermath of 9/11 tragedy, US-led NATO’s occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by the American-Anglo forces in violation of the international law, state terrorism by special military operations, extra-judicial assassinations and heavy aerial bombardment, which killed more than half million innocent persons there, and in other volatile Islamic countries like Somalia and Yemen where the US was indirectly involved, including Guantanamo Bay, Abu Graib and other cells, established in some small countries where suspected Muslims were kept and personnel of the CIA, the FBI and the military employed various methods of torture.
The drastic aftermath of 9/11 was fully manipulated by Israel to target Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Pakistan survived due to American prolonged war in Afghanistan and because of its army and intelligence agency ISI which are very strong in defending their country. Notably, by availing the phenomena of terrorism, Israel and India who are still equating the ‘wars of independence’ in Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism, used every tactic of state terrorism. Thus, they massacred tens thousands of innocent Muslims. Besides, New Delhi considered Pakistan as its enemy number one, while Tel Aviv and Washington also took Iran in the same sense by spreading rumors about its peaceful nuclear programme. Israel and America are also against Pakistan, as it is the only nuclear country in the Islamic world.
Surprisingly, like his predecessor, US President Barack Obama who brushed aside Jewish religious terrorism as part of the anti-Muslim campaign, left no stone unturned in following the secret agenda of the Zionists under the pretext of global war on terror. His perennial covert support to the Israeli atrocities on the Palestinians, Gaza blockade, silence over the Indian brutal tactics in the Indian-held Kashmir and killings of the innocent persons through drone attacks, backing undemocratic forces, toppling the elected government in Egypt, creation of more collapsed states such as Libya, Syria, Yemen etc., opening the doors for CIA-Mossad supported Al-Qaeda (Al-Nusra Front) and the Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL), including their linked militant outfits and rebel groups, promoting sectarian divide and violence on the basis of Shias and Sunnis in the Islamic World and causing demoralization of its troops (NATO) in Afghanistan where they are facing defeatism might be cited as instance. Moreover, under the cover of the US project of democarisation of the Middle East, the region was deliberately thrown in worst form of terrorism, civil wars and instability, particularly in case of Syria where the US-led European powers wanted to oust the regime of the President Bashar al-Assad as part of the regime change policy of America. Undoubtedly, the New World Order resulted into World Disorder.
Taking cognisance of the grievances of the international community, and the sole superpower’s injustices, Russian President Vladimir Putin started restoring the balance of power in the world. In this connection, since September 30, 2015, unexpected developments such as Russian successful airstrikes on targets of the rebel groups and ISIS in the northern Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, its coalition with Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon-based Hezbollah in support of Syrian President Assad, US Defense Department’s announcement to abandon the goal of training the Syrian rebels, retreat of the CIA-supported rebels and mercenaries after their failure to topple the Assad government, arrest of some CIA agents and Israeli Col. Shahak in Iraq, his admission—proving links of Al-Qaeda (Al-Nusra Front) and ISIS with America and Israel (Mossad)—demoralization of the ISIS terrorists and the rebels who are on flee—after the Russia-led coalition reoccupied several territories in Iraq and Syria clearly proved supremacy of military power of Moscow over the US and Western countries (NATO) which were fighting useless war to secure the illegitimate interests of Israel. Thus, Putin also exposed the sinister designs of the Israeli-led America and West. Now, Russia has almost liberated the entire Syria and Iraq from the occupation of the militants.
It is mentionable that during the Cold War period, regional balance of power was also part of the central balance of power. In this respect, during various annual summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), their leaders displayed strength against the rising dominance of the US in the region, and called for a multipolar system in the world. In the recent past, , Pakistan, Iran and India got permanent membership of the SCO, while the US still backs Indian hegemony in Asia to counterbalance China. Meanwhile, pro-Israeli and pro-Indian American President Donald Trump has been playing double game with Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has revived the old policy of his processors. Based in Afghanistan, secret agencies like CIA, Mossad and Indian RAW are assisting terrorist groups like ISIS, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and their linked militant outfits in fanning terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan. And the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which infuriates America, India and Israel has become their special target.
While, India was openly opposing the CPEC and China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, the US also joined India in this respect. In this regard, on October 3, 2017, US Defence Secretary James Mattis told the Lawmakers, “The United States has reiterated its support for India’s opposition to China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative…the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a part of which traverses Pakistan-Kashmir.”
America’s favour for India’s opposition to the Chinese project was first reflected in the joint statement, issued by the two countries after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Donald Trump in June, this year.
It is noteworthy that in his speech on August 21, 2017, while announcing the US new strategy regarding Afghanistan as part of the policy in South Asia, American President Trump, particularly, singled out Pakistan for criticism. Using tough words against the US ally Pakistan, Trump revived the old blame game of his predecessors Bush and Obama in relation to the cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan by saying Washington could “no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations”, and threatened to target the terrorists’ sanctuaries in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As regards Pakistan’s regional rival India, Donald Trump added, “We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan…We want them to help us more with Afghanistan.”
In this context, in light of the US double game, talking to the BBC on October 24, 2017, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif admitted that “There is a huge trust deficit between Pakistan and the US over the Afghan conflict…Pakistan did not have terrorist safe havens and the US was not buying Pakistan’s narrative, neither was Pakistan buying the narrative of the US.” Besides, Pakistan’s top civil and military officials have repeatedly pointed out that well-entrenched in Afghanistan, foreign secret agencies, especially RAW have been backing terrorism in Pakistan and the US-led NATO forces have so far taken no appropriate action against the militant groups. They also said that America was making Pakistan ‘scapegoat’ of her failures in Afghanistan and “wants of shift Afghan war to Pakistan.”
It is owing to American dual strategy that now, Pak-US ties have reached point of no return. Therefore, Islamabad which has already strengthened its relations with China has also been cultivating its ties with Russia. In the recent past, Pakistan’s high officials have paid visit to Moscow. In this connection, Pakistan’s foreigner minister has openly stated that Islamabad will prefer Russia over America. Meanwhile, Pakistan is also improving its relations with Iran. Recently, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa paid a visit to Tehran where he met Iranian civil and military high officials.
It is expected that taking note of the US President Trump’s anti-Iranian policy and refusal to certify the Iranian nuclear deal, and the unsuccessful US-Indian partnership which is based on extremism, Iran will abandon the American-backed Chabahar (A transport corridor between Iran, India and Afghanistan) project and will prefer to align with Russian-led China-Pakistan alliance. Thus a new alliance of these three countries will emerge in Asia, which will also include Central Asian Republics.
Furthermore, CPEC which is also backed by the President Putin would prove a great game changer in Asia, as both Moscow and Beijing are likely to counterbalance America’s power in Asia as part of the regional balance of power.
As a matter of fact, apart from Pakistan, with the end of the status of the sole superpower, the US also lost leverage of bargaining in connection with other small countries like Iran, North Korea and Turkey. By brushing aside, America’s pressure-diplomacy, Pyongyang has continued experiments of atomic bombs and missiles. Turkey, the close NATO’s ally left the US and has joined the Russian-led coalition to fight the ISIS terrorists in Syria.
Nonetheless, President Putin has exposed the secret designs of the US global war on terror—New World Order agents, their collaboration with the Zionist-led regimes in America and Israel and the terrorist outfits, particularly ISIS.
Putin has also clarified that he is attacking the New World Order, “not because he wants to establish some kind of super-power entity in the Western world, but because the New World Order is imposing an irrational, irresponsible and unlivable ideology upon much of the West.”
Notably, unlike Putin’s Russian nationalism, Bush, Obama and Trump pursued the Zionism instead of American nationalism. Some people also think that Moscow is watching its own interests. Undoubtedly, every country safeguards its interests. But, Russia cannot do it at the cost of larger interests of humanity as well as those of the Islamic World.
At present, non-Zionist Americans have also come to know that injustices of the US as the sole superpower has even started backfiring the patriot Americans, as multifaceted crises inside the US show. They cannot ignore the present era of social media and internet which has brought the bloody battles of the politicians in their bedrooms.
With any doubt, we can conclude that the US is no more sole superpower, as Russia has rapidly restored the system of balance of power which is necessary for world peace and economic development of the international community.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations