Caitlin Johnstone: Ukraine Drives America’s Cynical Concern for Human Rights in India

The real worry for the Biden administration is a potential Indian pivot away from Washington toward Moscow.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a joint press conference in Russia on Sept. 4, 2019. (Kremlin, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

By Caitlin Johnstone

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The United States is suddenly very concerned about human rights violations in India, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken telling the press on Monday that “we are monitoring some recent concerning developments in India including a rise in human rights abuses by some government, police and prison officials.”

While it is true that India’s right-wing government is guilty of human rights abuses and has been for years, it is also true that the U.S.  State Department does not actually care about human rights abuses.

leaked State Department memo from the early days of the Trump administration showed neoconservative empire manager Brian Hook teaching a previously uninitiated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that for the U.S. government, “human rights” are only a weapon to be used for keeping other nations in line.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2017. (State Department)

In a remarkable insight into the cynical nature of imperial narrative management, Hook told Tillerson that it is U.S. policy to overlook human rights abuses committed by nations aligned with U.S. interests while exploiting and weaponizing them against nations who aren’t.

“In the case of U.S. allies such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines, the Administration is fully justified in emphasizing good relations for a variety of important reasons, including counter-terrorism, and in honestly facing up to the difficult tradeoffs with regard to human rights,” Hook explained in the memo.

“One useful guideline for a realistic and successful foreign policy is that allies should be treated differently — and better — than adversaries,” Hook wrote.

“We do not look to bolster America’s adversaries overseas; we look to pressure, compete with, and outmaneuver them. For this reason, we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to U.S.  relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral concern for practices inside those countries. It is also because pressing those regimes on human rights is one way to impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.”

No, the U.S.  State Department does not care about human rights abuses. Blinken’s remarks are just the latest in a series of shots across the bow that the U.S.  empire has been firing at New Delhi to warn it against moving into alignment with Moscow.

In an article last week titled “India to Face Significant Cost If Aligned With Russia, U.S. Says,” Bloomberg reported the following:

“President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser said the administration has warned India against aligning itself with Russia, and that U.S. officials have been ‘disappointed’ with some of New Delhi’s reaction to the Ukraine invasion.

 “There are certainly areas where we have been disappointed by both China and India’s decisions, in the context of the invasion,” the director of the White House National Economic Council, Brian Deese, told reporters at a breakfast Wednesday hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.

The U.S. has told India that the consequences of a ‘more explicit strategic alignment’ with Moscow would be ‘significant and long-term,’ he said.”

This new tone is a significant shift from the jovial relations between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Trump administration, or even between Modi and the Biden administration as recently as last year.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arriving in New Delhi on July 27, 2021. (State Department, Ron Przysucha)

On Monday, Biden made it clear in a call with Modi that it would be against India’s interests to increase its oil imports from Russia. Reuters reports that Biden “told Modi India’s position in the world would not be enhanced by relying on Russian energy sources,” according to U.S.  officials.

“The president conveyed very clearly that it is not in their interest to increase that,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said when asked about India’s imports of Russian oil.

We can expect to see more and more feigned concern about Indian human rights abuses from the U.S. government if these increasingly unsubtle messages are disobeyed, with destructive acts of economic sabotage soon to follow.

The U.S. empire is correct to be concerned about a potential future Indian pivot out of Washington’s sphere of influence. While it has succeeded thus far in weaponizing New Delhi in its grand chessboard maneuverings against China, the world’s two most populous nations uniting with the Russian nuclear superpower in the emerging bloc of nations who are rejecting absorption into the U.S. -centralized power structure would be disastrous for the empire.

But the fact that the U.S. sees foreign nations’ alignments as its business reveals its true dynamic on the world stage, and makes a mockery of the lip service this empire has been paying to the importance of respecting national sovereignty in its narrative management about Ukraine. The U.S. is the single most tyrannical regime on earth, using whatever amount of violence, coercion and bullying are necessary in its efforts to bring the entire planet under its lasting control.

This empire truly believes it has a right to rule the world, and that no nation has a right to refuse it. The re-emergence of a true multipolar world is crashing headlong into an imperial doctrine that demands securing unipolar domination at all cost, and it’s getting very ugly very fast.

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11 comments for “Caitlin Johnstone: Ukraine Drives America’s Cynical Concern for Human Rights in India

  1. rosemerry
    April 15, 2022 at 05:20

    The arrogance of the USA, wanting to take over the globe while we see the terrible results of it already excessive control of all of “zone A”, ie the EU (already ruined) Australia, NZ, Canada, Japan, S Korea is clear. Pretending to want the “independence and territorial integrity” of Ukraine, right next to the border of Russia, but NOT of Germany (Biden said NO to needed NS2) or any of the EU, or of course India and most of the rest of the disobedient South, shows the USA is frantic to exert control while having no valid moral reason.

  2. Thot
    April 13, 2022 at 07:09

    Le Monde entier, hors Occident, est très préoccupé par les violations des droits de l’homme aux USA, en Arabie saoudite, en Israel, , et devrait surveiller certains développements récents préoccupants dans ces pays, y compris une augmentation des violations des droits de l’homme par les gouvernements, la police et agents pénitentiaires. »

  3. Sheba prithibi
    April 12, 2022 at 22:12

    The problem is while the Zionists have undermined white countries and caused them to decline it has gone ahead and forged a relationship with India. RSS is similar to the Zionists in Ukraine. Various fake academics in India have worked to come up with some kind of link between Hinduism and Judaism both of which are founded on racial superiority. Other than israelindia benefited from 911

  4. lester
    April 12, 2022 at 20:13

    I’ve been expecting the US government to turn on India. It’s a big, non-western country, it’s not submissive to the US. Maybe India will end up allied to China and Russia, in spite of border disputes with China.

  5. Linda
    April 12, 2022 at 18:23

    “The re-emergence of a true multipolar world is crashing headlong into an imperial doctrine that demands securing unipolar domination at all cost, and it’s getting very ugly very fast.”

    …and with the US’ long history of openly supporting fascist forms of every kind (SAVAK of Iran Shahs, death squads of Central and South American dictators, Jihadists of almost every continent), I’m afraid US’ support of openly racist neo-Nazis in Ukraine will be the ugliest of all.

    • RMB
      April 13, 2022 at 03:20

      Despite all the cries of “Russian atrocities” in Ukraine, I shudder to think of the horrors these neo-Nazis will inflict should the Russians fail in their Ukrainian operation. This blood would be on the US government’s hand–and the hands of those who pushed the US government line.

  6. JMF
    April 12, 2022 at 17:24

    “The rhetoric by the U.S. these days is insane, they keep threatening major countries like there’s no tomorrow, and with these ever-increasing tensions there probably won’t be”

    Frightening thought, and all TOO realistic.

    This despicable US empire must fall!

    P.S. Small wonder that our government supports outright Nazis in Ukraine. They’re obviously “kindred spirits”.

  7. Drew Hunkins
    April 12, 2022 at 17:18

    The Washington imperialists use alleged human rights violations as weapons to be wielded against any states that might be thinking of breaking away from Washington’s orbit.

  8. Sam F
    April 12, 2022 at 16:41

    Indeed the U.S. is the “most tyrannical regime on earth” using violence and bullying to serve only its scammer class.
    It is best that the world see this degeneration of a former democracy, so that it learns to prevent such corruption.
    For solutions to tyranny and better structuring of democracy, see CongressOfDebate dotcom under development.

  9. AJ Bains
    April 12, 2022 at 15:18

    USA is bankrupt morally, financially and economically. It ignores what the white racist colonisers are doing in Israel, the human rights of Yemen people. USA has itself occupied a large part of Syria do steal their resources, so it’s ok for racist western nations to occupy the countries of people of colour, yet an unacceptable atrocity when done to fellow white people in Ukraine.

    The West’s desperation is abundantly apparent, white nations in decline, no longer having a monopoly on power, the influence or economic clout. We are going to see USA enter a recession like it has never seen, it is about when the Greatest Depression occurs in the USA not if.

    • Thot
      April 13, 2022 at 07:14

      Je ne pense pas qu’il soit question de “couleur” ou de “blanc”, l’Ukraine a toujours été un objectif pour les USA. Et cela a commencé bien avant la mode de la ségrégation raciale structurée pour diviser; la guerre en Ukraine a commencé avec la révolution orange en 2005, (usa), le maïdan en 2014 (usa) et la préparation à une grande offensive sur le Donbass prévue par Kiev début mars 2022. Il ne faut pas gratter l’ours ! ;O)

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