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Howdy, Modi! Rally Cements US-Indian Alliance Against Islamic Terrorism

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on September 22, 2019 19:23

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After President Donald Trump held hands with Prime Minister Narendara Modi, Indian media explained what the American media did not--American policies have finally changed since George W. Bush held hands, kissed Saudi King Abdullah and declared "Islam is peace," following 9/11.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendarai Modi is the only person ever banned from travel to the United States of America under the International Religious Freedom Act. George W. Bush sanctioned the Hindu nationalist leader in 2004 for "violations of religious freedom," after 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the Indian state of Gujarat followed a Muslim attack on a train carrying Hindu pilgrims.

The Bush administration held Modi responsible for the violence, although he was cleared by an Indian commission which blamed intercommunal conflicts.

However, after Modi was elected Prime Minister in 2014, Barack Obama lifted Bush's ban, and in 2016 Modi addressed a joint session of Congress.

To consummate his rehabilitation, on September 22, 2019, Bush's former "persona non grata" shared the stage with President Trump at Houston's "Howdy, Modi" rally, as the President declared in front of 50,000 cheering Indian-Americans: “We are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”

The Times of India reported the rally as an Indian-American alliance against Islamic Terror: 

"'Whether it is terrorist attacks on 9/11 (in New York) or 26/11 (in Mumbai), where were the planners of the attacks?' Modi asked, in an oblique reference to Pakistan being home to Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as Trump and the entire US congressional delegation seated in the front row listened raptly."

Indian media explained what the American media did not--American policies have finally changed since George W. Bush held hands, kissed Saudi King Abdullah and declared "Islam is peace," following 9/11.

Houston's combined Trump-Modi rally marks an unprecedented public display of defiance in the face of Islamic Terror which directly appealed to the Indian-American community that previously backed both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

On a visual level, pictures of the rally answered claims that President Trump was anti-immigrant or racist.

On a rhetorical level, both leader's speeches compared American border security needs to those of India--necessary to protect the world's two largest democracies from threats of invasion.

And on a symbolic level the rally demonstrated to the world that a new geopolitical strategy had been adopted by the United States--a "tilt" towards India and against China that is the mirror image of President Nixon's "tilt" towards Pakistan and against Russia in 1971.

This is marks a fundamental shift in American strategy, one that in my opinion is long overdue.

However, the "tilt" towards India is merely the first step.

Establishment American policymakers, like newly appointed National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, have called for an alliance with India that excludes Russia.

However, India has historically good relations with Russia and America cannot fight both Russia and China while keeping India happy.

Since India and Russia border China, the logical next step is to use them to replace China as America's partner in Eurasia, working in partnership to crush Islamic Terrorism and contain Chinese expansion, leading to a new American alliance structure in Asia.

 

 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on September 22, 2019 19:23

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