NEW DELHI. The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
In fact, the Second Cold War, or the Cold War II, has been in the making due to the increasing rise of Islamic terrorism from Pakistan and Afghanistan to the Middle East drawing inevitable military interventions by the major powers, Russia’s anger at the US-led bombings in Syria where it wants President Bashar Assad to stay, and China’s attempts to annex most of the South China Sea and also the acquisition of Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port of Gwadar for 40 or more years as a strategic naval base with its operational Command and Control lying with Beijing.
The developments have been there, and Mr Trump’s hard-line statements have only made them come to the fore.
Both Russia and China have stepped up military movements on land, air and sea, particularly around US allies like Japan. The official Russian news agency Sputnik is steadily issuing hard-hitting statements against the US, particularly against Mr Trump, and has let it be known that Russian strategic bombers like Tu-95 are flying near the US and western countries, and battle ships are out in the Pacific near Japan and South Korea.
North Korea, China’s second military ally after Pakistan, has warned again to destroy the US with long range nuclear missiles, and the US has vowed to penalise if it conducts another nuclear or missile test. As it