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“Flatter The Bird You Are Purposed To Catch”

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 17:35

While Russia is trying to organize an effective collective defense together with its Central Asian allies in the CSTO, the United States and other NATO member states also intend to develop military and military-technical cooperation with the Central Asian region.


Back in 2010, according to the US embassy, the United States intended to build a modern training center for the armed forces of Tajikistan in the west of the republic, and a similar facility was to be opened in Kyrgyzstan.


Today, the United States openly try to dive hand into all the Central Asian republics. Here and there, they place transit check points, as well as military, aviation, transport and other bases, covering their true selfish goals with a reference to the notorious “helping hand” and sometimes veiling it as a kind of barrier against external enemies – or against the spread of “the Taliban threat.” They say, we will help you Asians to deal with all your enemies and problems, we will arm you, train you, teach you... But what else should we expect? “Flatter the bird you are purposed to catch,” an old saying counsels.


It goes without saying why the United States and other NATO countries are showing such interest towards using the territory of Central Asia. But why do they invest their money in creation of new military facilities? – It is a question worth consideration, especially for these republics and their peoples. It is understandable that the “helping hand” provided by the United States and the NATO to the Central Asian countries is primarily aimed at strengthening the West's geopolitical position in the region. Not nearly rich Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are dependent on cooperation with the United States and Western Europe. For them, even the most limited relations with these countries are of great importance, even though it's only local. Is it clear to them that in the near future their republics can become springboards for military and special operations, which may be aimed not only against the Taliban? After all, the probability of interethnic and interstate conflicts sparking in these regions is quite real.


Moreover, by constructing military facilities, establishing training centers, etc., the Americans “tighten the noose” and make the Central Asian states dependent on Washington in matters of equipment supply, training and retraining of military specialists.


The operation “Enduring Freedom” had an officially stated purpose of destructing the stronghold of international terrorism in Afghanistan; however, it was of multipurpose nature in fact. Actually, it was the first major military and political action aimed at a radical change of the situation in Asia.


On the other hand, one of the main long-term goals of the American military presence in Central Asia is to deter China, which may occupy the place of the USA's chief opponent in the current century. China is the only power that is not afraid of globalization, because it is self-sufficient in military, political and cultural terms. Nowadays it is also becoming self-sufficient in terms of economy.


It is increasingly clear that the expansion of the American military-technical and military-political presence in Central Asia marks the next stage of implementation of the long-term program to strengthen the USA's position in the region.


Characteristically, US experts did long ago advise the White House to pay more attention to relations with Tajikistan, and to the efforts to normalize the Uzbek-Tajik relations. This recommendation to the White House has been taken into account at the present stage, and it has been implemented in the new strategic environment. The escalation of internal political conflicts in the countries of Central Asia occurred not by chance; the factor of the American presence played a huge role in this happenstance.


In this context, there grows the likelihood of the scenario, in which the US intends to use its military presence in Central Asia only for achieving their strategic geopolitical objectives. It is unlikely that they care about domestic and other internal problems of the region made by local Islamists.


Building the Uzbek-US relations that are developing so rapidly, did President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and his inner circle understand that “expansion of military cooperation” is a very broad concept and it does not mean we should rejoice over the weapons obtained on a “gratuitous” basis?


Moreover, the problem is also hidden behind the gap between the real and desired capabilities of the Uzbek army in terms of mastering the Western equipment and weapons. In addition to difficulties related to retraining of the Uzbek military personnel, huge funds will be required to keep the entire spectrum of weapons operational ready. We should beware of the Americans using these weapons themselves, when the theater of war is shifted to the sunny republic of Uzbekistan.

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