Posted on April 22nd, 2010
The “Zionist Hindu Crusader” Alliance Marches On
Posted In: Islam, Judaism, Middle East,
Religion, Rise of Asia
Documents captured from radicals and
terrorists in Pakistan warn darkly about a new axis of evil in the
world: a ‘Zionist
Hindu Crusader‘ alliance bringing Israel, India, and the United
States together in a war on Islam. They are wrong about the last
part; all three countries want peaceful relations with Islamic countries
based on mutual recognition and respect. The alliance isn’t a
closed club, and Islamic countries are welcome to join. Otherwise,
however, the radicals have a point. The deepening relations
between the United States, India, and Israel are changing the
geopolitical geometry of the modern world in ways that will make the
lives of fanatical terrorists even more dismal and depressing (not to
mention shorter) than they already are. Israel and the United
States are both in a better long term position than many Americans
sometimes think; one of the main reasons is an Indian-Israeli connection
that most Americans know nothing about.
Americans often underestimate Israel: we underestimate Israel’s
ability to conduct a foreign policy independent of US support and we
underestimate Israel’s long term prospects for success in its
region. Indeed, Americans often talk about Israel as if we were
the Jewish state’s only real friend — and that Israel is completely
dependent on American goodwill.
That’s not true historically and it’s not true today. The
Soviet Union (through its Czechoslovakian satellite regime) provided
Israel with the arms that gave it the decisive advantage in its War of
Independence. The British and French armed and supported Israel in
the 1956 Suez War. France provided Israel with the core of its
nuclear technology and France supplied Israel with the Mirage jets which
destroyed the Arab air forces at the outset of the Six-Day War.
During all this time the United States government did not provide Israel
with much help; no Israeli prime minister was even invited to
Washington until 1964 when Levi Eshkol met with President Lyndon
While the United States today is unquestionably Israel’s most
important ally and partner, we are not the only game in town. The
United States isn’t the country where Israel enjoys its highest
favorable ratings; according to a survey
carried out for the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 2009, India is the
country where people like Israel the most. According to the
survey, 58 percent of Indians supported Israel; 56 percent of Americans
in the survey felt that way.
that more surprising is that India is the country with the
third-largest number of Muslims in the
world. An estimated 160 million Muslims live in India, 13.4
percent of the total population. Even Muslims in India are
(relatively) pro-Israel; in 2007 a delegation of Indian Muslims led by a
group representing the 500,000 member All India
Association of Imams met in Jerusalem with Israeli President Shimon
Peres on a visit
intended to advance the ‘democratic understanding’ of Israel among
The relationship isn’t just about good wishes. India has the
defense budget of any developing country; Israel is India’s largest
supplier of arms. As two of the leading IT countries in the
world, India and Israel also collaborate on a variety of high tech
projects, some with military implications.
Although both India and Israel were born at the same time — a
collapsing British Empire was hastily liquidating its overseas
commitments — for many years they had little to do with each
other. Britain’s inglorious scuttle from imperial responsibility
left festering issues for both countries: Palestine and Kashmir.
It was a strategic objective of Indian foreign policy to keep the
Kashmir question away from the United Nations, and in particular to
avoid a united Islamic bloc on the question. Siding with Israel
seemed a good way to trigger exactly the hostility India wanted to
avoid. Later in the Cold War period, India’s close relationship
with the Soviet Union encouraged a distance between India and America’s
close Middle Eastern ally. As a result, as a leader of the
Non-Aligned Movement, India was one of Israel’s toughest opponents,
voting consistently with the Arabs to isolate Israel in international
bodies (informally, ties were often closer, especially in
In one of the least-noted but perhaps more important shifts of the
post Cold War world, that has all changed. Currently, Israel isn’t
just popular in India. It is India’s largest supplier of
high-tech weapons and the growing
cooperation between the two countries is spreading into both
economic and political fields. There is a strategic compatibility
in their interests. Economically, the marriage of Indian and
Israeli high-tech know how with India’s enormous force of educated,
English-speaking labor, its vast internal market, and Israel’s marketing
experience and connections with the advanced industrial economies make
for a natural complementarity. Israel welcomes the rise of Indian
economic and political influence in the Middle East and East
Africa. Both countries view the activities of radicals in Pakistan
and their use of Pakistan and Afghanistan for wider regional ambitions
with deep concern.
There’s another connection. The United States increasingly
favors the emergence of India as a world and regional power.
In the context of the Middle East and Africa, Americans see India as a
stabilizing, anti-extremist force. More broadly, while the United
States isn’t (and shouldn’t be) operating a policy of containment
against China, the growing prosperity and power of India in Asia,
Africa, and the Middle East is an important positive factor in
maintaining the kind of international order the United States wants to
see. That means, among other things, that the United States is
likely to look with more favor on transfers of technological know how
and the sales of advanced weapons systems from Israel to India than from
Israel to China. This preference reinforces the ties between the
two most successful democracies to emerge from British colonialism in
The growing Israel-India connection is only beginning to make itself
felt. Long term, the relationship provides Israel with another
great power ally to supplement its relationship with the United
States. From both a geopolitical and an economic point of view,
the relationship with India helps assure Israel of a long-term future in
the region. As India develops and its power grows, the Gulf
Arabs, Iran (a natural long-term ally for both India and Israel once it
moves beyond the delusional and dead-end geopolitical agenda of its
current government), and countries like Sudan and Somalia will
increasingly feel its influence. India and Israel, with the quiet
blessing of the United States, can also do more to promote economic
development and democracy in East Africa — a region that has
historically had close links to India and which is of great strategic
importance to Israel.
This “Zionist Hindu Crusader” alliance is a nightmare scenario for
radicals and terrorists in the Islamic world. The emergence of
closer relations between the American global superpower, the regional
Israeli military, and technological superpower, and the rising
superpower of India is a basic challenge to the worldview of the
extremists. The radicals have imagined a world in which the west
and especially America is in decline, Israel faces a deep crisis, and a
resurgent Islamic world is emerging as a new world-historical power.
Suppose none of that is happening. Suppose instead that both
the United States and Israel are going to prosper and grow, based in
part on their economic relationship with India. Suppose that
Israel’s extraordinary culture of high-tech innovation will be energized
by the relationship with India so that Israel’s technological and
scientific lead over its neighbors continues to grow over time.
Suppose that Indian power will be returning to the Gulf and East Africa,
and that not only Pakistan but the Arab world will be increasingly
focused on accommodating the rise of a new regional, and ultimately
global, superpower. Add to this that immense natural
gas discoveries off Israel’s coastline are revolutionizing the
country’s long term economic position and security strategy.
In that kind of world the arguments and the ideas of religious
radicals won’t make much sense to most people. On the other hand,
the economic dynamism created by the explosive growth of the Indian
economy (assuming of course that the trend toward double-digit GDP
growth continues) will offer the Arab world (and Pakistan) new
opportunities for rapid economic development of their own. At the
same time, the growing diplomatic and political influence that a rising
India will have in the region will add new weight to American efforts to
help the region move toward peace and reconciliation. In this
kind of world, Islamic radicalism can’t deliver and its basic
assumptions look shallow and unconvincing.
India has some unfinished business at home and in the neighborhood
before it can fully emerge as the kind of power it hopes to
become. The benefits of economic growth need to be felt more
widely and long-festering social tensions and issues need to be
addressed. More Indians need more access to more education and
more personal and intellectual freedom. Relations with Pakistan
need to improve; nothing would improve India’s security at home or
enhance its ability to play a major regional role as much as
reconciliation with Pakistan (And nothing could be worse for India
than the continued descent of Pakistan into the horrors of terrorism
and civil strife). India must also keep up with China in the race
to develop; one area in which it lags considerably behind is
infrastructure, and unless India finds a way to accelerate the
construction of roads, power plants, port facilities and to provide for
the orderly and rapid development of land for industrial sites it will
have a hard time matching China’s awesome surge forward.
It will take time for India to overcome these obstacles, but in the
last twenty years it has managed to double its economic rate of growth
while changing the fundamental orientation of its foreign policy after
the Cold War. These are the marks of a country led by serious
people who understand their long-term interests, have a clear view of
the world, and are prepared to move with great determination to secure
their vital interests. They are, in other words, good people to
have on your side.
Israel’s strategic relationship with India–warmly embraced by both
countries and cheered on by the United States,– may well turn out to be
one of the most important international connections in the twenty-first
century. That it receives so little attention in the US and abroad
illustrates the difficulty of understanding the twenty-first century
with ideas and assumptions forged in the twentieth. India is no
longer a relatively minor power and it is no longer anti-American and
anti-Israel. Those are big changes; attention must be paid.
That last paragraph is so important, I think, and relates to some of
the themes in God and Gold about the lens through which we view
I first came across the idea that generals, and all of us really, are
always fighting the last war in Barbara Tuchman’s Guns of August. I’m
not sure how much weight that book commands among today’s historians of
the first world war, but it seems like such an important psychological
insight. It almost dates from Hume, who I’ve noticed must have had some
inspiration from Hobbes. We see the world empirically, which is how we
collect evidence, and make predictions. But that predisposition also
blinds us to change that isn’t obvious. Heidegger also made the point, I
think, that we “walk backwards into the future.”
Vis a vis Israel, Walter has suggested on the blog that, if you want
to identify a lever with which to influence U.S. policy, then it’s
important not to fixate on traditional scapegoats.
And I can’t help but think, when reading a lot of criticism leveled
at Israel and, invariably, neocons, that those writers who perceive a
usurpation of establishment power by upstart, Jewish arrivistes aren’t
really looking at the real world. They are just lamenting the passing
of what in their minds was a halcyon era of government by the privileged
class. Whether or not those days were really so rosy is almost beside
the point; the fact is, the world has changed and moved on, irrevocably.
Walter really highlights how much things are changing, in areas of
the world where we tend to have an idee fixe of how things actually
work. I hope this blog audience grows.
Comment by Roy – April 22, 2010 @ 5:16
Must you really spill the beans about the Zionist Hindu Crusader
alliance??? As you certainly know, also on an individual level, many
Israelis are absolutely crazy about India — admittedly, I’m one of them.
Some 10 years back, I had the good fortune to spend a few months there
(not as a tourist); in the same year, I spend a few weeks in China. That
was a most fascinating contrast; ever since, I have believed that China
will achieve whatever can be achieved with hard work — but in
creativity, India will have a vast advantage.
Comment by PetraMB – April 22, 2010 @ 7:05
Thank you for highlighting what those of us who follow both Israel
and India see. If only the current American president could see Israel
the way India does. Also, Israel’s relationships with both China and
Russia are probably stronger than the U.S. with either.
Comment by K2K – April 22, 2010 @ 8:05
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the Himalayas would appear to
be an insuperable obstacle preventing India from playing the role of an
effective counterweight against China in the balance-of-power on the
Eurasian continent (at least not in the way France, Germany, Spain,
Russia, etc. were in Europe for England.) Maybe I am mistaken.
Comment by Luke Lea – April 22, 2010 @ 10:36
Add Confucian Asia to the ‘alliance,’ because of radicals’ attacks
on Koreans and China, and the Middle East is basically encircled: http://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/18/al-qaeda-vs-sk-seriously-why-the-enemies-list-isnt-long-enough-yet/.
AQAM’s (Al Qaeda & Associated Movement) embrace of Huntington’s
clash of civilizations was supposed to fire Muslim revolutionaries but
has led instead to encirclement of Gulf Islam. Israel and India on the
flanks have lined up against the radicals between them, with the US
fighting in the middle and Europe behind them. The only ‘civilizations’
left out are the Confucian states of East Asia and the Catholic states
of Latin America, and that may be changing in Asia.
The great irony of AQAM’s endorsement of Huntington is that it
provoked a self-defeating anti-Islamist coaliton, just as Huntington
would have predicted and your post makes clear. It’s a suicide course…
Comment by Robert E Kelly – April 23, 2010 @ 12:40 am
Beyond geo-political interests, it’s worth pointing out
cultural-religious reasons for Israeli-Indian ties as well. Hinduism and
Judaism are both non-proselytizing, rooted in a unity between
nationality and spirituality and, except for extreme fringes, have come
to terms with the modern world.
Comment by Benjamin – April 23, 2010 @ 2:42 pm
“nothing would improve India’s security at home or enhance its
ability to play a major regional role as much as reconciliation with
Pakistan (And nothing could be worse for India than the continued
descent of Pakistan into the horrors of terrorism and civil strife)”
Agreed. Problem is, Pakistan as a state is DEFINED in opposition to
the very existence of India. It was formed out of the idea that India,
as a secular, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, pluralistic democracy could
not and should not exist.
Comment by hexag1 – April 23, 2010 @ 10:28
“We underestimate Israel’s ability to conduct a foreign policy
independent of US support and we underestimate Israel’s long term
prospects for success in its region.”
How can we underestimate something that doesn’t exist? – an Israeli
foreign policy independent of US support (oh yes, qualify that as in the
last 40 years, it’s so important to recognize that).
How do you define Israel’s success in its region? If it is simply the
low bar goal of remaining a Jewish democratic state, then it’s
prospects for success look awfully bleak right now. An appropriate goal
of peace with its neighbors looks impossible without a radical
Comment by Norwegian Shooter – April 24,
2010 @ 10:36 am
“Iran (a natural long-term ally for both India and Israel once it
moves beyond the delusional and dead-end geopolitical agenda of its
Excuse me, but that means AIPAC is
delusional and has a dead-end geopolitical agenda with regard to Iran.
How can you claim such an organization is good for all Jews?
Pardon me, but that also means a super-majority of the US Congress is delusional and has a dead-end
geopolitical agenda with regard to Iran. I haven’t heard any criticism
Comment by Norwegian Shooter – April 24,
2010 @ 10:45 am
Oops. I think you were referring to Iran, not Israel, as delusional
and dead-end. Well, fine. You’re not a hypocrite. However, those terms
still apply to Israel, AIPAC and the US Congress in my book.
But that brings up the point of how delusional Iran’s current
government really is. With all the war-mongering of current US and
Israeli politicians, US-occupied countries on its eastern and western
borders, and no way to defend itself from attack without a threat of
nuclear weapons, just how delusional is it for Iran to try to acquire
them? I’m not saying it’s right, but it seems very rational to me. It
may also be a dead-end, but we drove them into the back alley, so we
shouldn’t be surprised when it turns out to be a dead-end.
Comment by Norwegian Shooter – April 24,
2010 @ 10:52 am
“In that kind of world the arguments and the ideas of religious
radicals won’t make much sense to most people.”
You’re overstating the appeal of religious radicals in the Muslim
world. Their arguments don’t make much sense to most Muslims right now.
They’ve been reviled everywhere they attempted to wield power. However,
we have forced most Muslims into the middle between a small number of
reactionary salafists and the US led crusades in Muslims countries. If
you’re a moderate Muslim, pick your poison.
Comment by Norwegian Shooter – April 24,
2010 @ 10:58 am
Anyone else find it strange that a Norwegian feels the need to
assert his opinion here? When your socialist paradise collapses and you
realize you’ve never contributed anything to civilization but your
natural resources (which–nothing personal–but a neanderthal could
probably do) you’ll come crying to Israel, India and America begging for
minds that know how to innovate, that understand the necessity of
confronting those who stand against our way of life and who actually
have something to offer the world.
Comment by BGold – April 24, 2010 @ 12:39
Actually, the Norwegians have made extraordinary contributions to
civilization. Abel, Sylow and Lie in mathematics, and Ibsen in drama,
are of worldwide significance. And for a small country to also have a
Grieg in music and a Munch in the visual arts is also impressive.
What’s pathetic is when the heirs of great civilizations, do nothing
to continue the legacy of their forbears, and instead choose simply to
live off of their memories, impotently languishing and lashing out at
cultures where there is still a vital, enterprising spirit.
That dynamic is a common one, and one sees it all the time in Europe,
especially vis a vis the U.S. That it should now be directed toward
India and Israel is not a surprise. But for the sake of “old Europe”,
and “old America” for that matter, those who would still see their own
countries prosper in the future had best recognize the rising historical
forces in the world, including Russia, Brazil and China as well.
Guarding the gate of your exclusive country club will do nothing to
secure the future of your prosperity.
Comment by fw – April 24, 2010 @ 3:46
I totally agree, India being the largest democratic country in the
world and has shown the world that we have control of our nuke power and
we will not miss use them. Its about time that all three countries join
hands to make the world a better place to live.
Comment by Pradeep Shinde – April 24, 2010 @ 4:10 pm
I’m a natural-born American citizen, BGold. But thanks for admitting
Norge is a socialist paradise. Some facts to back that up from
“Foreign Policy Magazine ranks Norway last in its Failed States Index
for 2009, judging Norway to be the world’s most well-functioning and
“Norway was ranked highest of all countries in human development from
2001 to 2007, and then again in 2009. It was also rated the most
peaceful country in the world in a 2007 survey by Global Peace Index.”
“Norwegians enjoy the second highest GDP per-capita (after
Luxembourg) and third highest GDP (PPP) per-capita in the world. Norway
maintained first place in the world in the UNDP Human Development Index
(HDI) for six consecutive years (2001–2006), and then reclaimed this
position in 2009.”
Don’t hold your breath for its collapse, though.
Nothing to offer civilization? So you’ve never had lutefisk then. But
seriously, Munch, Grieg and Ibsen. And if the Normans had their act
together and got to England on time, the Battle of Hastings would have
before after the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and you’d be speaking
Norwegian influenced English right now.
Oh, and if you have time, why don’t you offer something other than ad
Comment by Norwegian Shooter – April 24,
2010 @ 5:20 pm
what does the Indian government think should be done about the West
Bank? Is there any government in the world outside Israel that supports
what the Israeli settlers are trying to do in the West Bank?
Comment by newageblues – April 24, 2010 @ 7:05 pm
The alliance between India and Israel is natural, but the rosy
outlook of the article is naive.
[material deleted: ed]
Specifically the conflict between Islam and the Hindus will intensify,
this will naturally align Hindus with Israel.
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Comment by Ray Bright – April 24, 2010 @ 11:40 pm
Actually, Norwegian Shooter, the “appeal” of muslim terrorist
radicals in your own country has now erupted into vile anti-Semitic
riots — as I’m sure you know, [unnecessary personal charge deleted --
For those who don’t know – because the MSM dooesn’t find such
pogromish incidents ‘newsworthy’, please read the FREE e-book available
on line. It’s called:
BEHIND THE HUMANITARIAN MASK:
THE NORDIC COUNTRIES, ISRAEL, AND THE JEWS
Just type in the title and you’ll have a copy. It’s horrifying, and
well worth reading.
Comment by Mickey from San Fran – April 24, 2010 @ 11:45 pm
One key shared value of India and Israel is that they are both
democracies. Their governments will change and evolve under the power of
the voters. Israel will become more multicultural, as the Arab
population becomes a larger fraction of the total. India will become
more export and trade oriented, as opposed to the autarky of the Nehru
Comment by Laurent – April 25, 2010 @ 7:11
I want to second PetraMB’s comment. I think non mainstream
philosopher Robert Pirsig who built a metaphysics around the idea of
static and dynamic quality in his novel Lila can be used to describe
the difference between India and China. He argues that we need both
kinds of quality – creativity and also the structure to contain it –
otherwise the fruits of creativity just dissipate. China has
recapitulated the industrial revolution in an amazing leap forward
contained by its one party structure and strong Confucian value system.
India is messy but has anticipated the future by becoming an center of
computer technology. So in terms of static quality China is far ahead.
In terms of dynamic quality India has a real lead. India needs to build
roads; the Chinese are shutting down Google. Both cultures have clearly
different balances between static and dynamic that will play out
differently in the future.
Comment by Lorenz Gude – April 25, 2010 @ 9:03 am
Brilliant and useful post. I would add that, notwithstanding the
dillusional nature of the Iranian state, they still enjoy a trade
relationship with Iran worth an estimated 13 billion US dollars (at
least according to wikipedia which isn’t always reliable) and India’s
cultural influence in Iran is ever-growing. Why we (the US) continue to
single-mindedly court Russia in the hope that they’ll play ball on
Iran’s nuclear program instead of reaching out to the Indians and
getting their help is beyond me.
India-Pakistan: Kashmir is sort of necessary to both country’s
self-conception: India needs it to reaffirm it’s secular,
multi-confessionalism while Pakistan needs it to reinforce it’s somewhat
tattered status as a homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent (for
more on why it’s tattered see Bangledesh, 1971…or 72, never can remember
the year). Not sure how you square that circle, but I think a
comprehensive Indo-Pak peace deal brokered by the US could be the
biggest revolution in global affairs in the first half of the twentieth
century, if we can get it done.
Hey, Norwegian shooter, it’s nice to see you’ve got such…robust
opinions. You might try citing a few actual facts. You could even go
wild and mention the sources in which you found said facts if you felt
Comment by A.J. Nolte – April 25, 2010 @ 1:16 pm
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India had to oppose Israel before because of Kashmir and the looming
threat to Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Sadly they did not get the
positive response they expected from the Arab countries. Quite
contrary, Congress party started to become anti-Indian and anti-Hindu.
This led to establishment of BJP. Formed as a pro-Hindu right wing
party, it was the first to start full diplomatic relations with Israel.
In 2003 Ariel Sharon was the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit
India. He was welcomed by the center-right wing Bharatiya Janata Party
led National Democratic Alliance coalition government of India.
Similarly BJP’s Prime Minister of India A.B.Vajpayee was the first
minister from India to visit Israel. Also BJPs sister organisation RSS
organised and invited the first ever Hindu-Jewish summits and the Chief
Rabbis of Judaism for the first time visited India after being invited
by BJP’s chief L.K.Advani
India is Israel’s second largest trade partner and largest importer.
On a wider and more subtle level, The chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona
Metzger, said during the first Hindu-Jewish summit;
“For thousands of years we have marched on parallel causes and have now
built bridges of cooperation between the two religions. Jews have lived
in India for over 2000 years and have never been discriminated against.
This is something unparalleled in human history”.
In fact I am a student of Judaism and Hinduism. And if we leave apparent
idolatries in Hindus, they are more common in nature than others.
Comment by ami – April 25, 2010 @ 2:33