US helped France go nuclear to keep Europe divided

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  1. A.V.

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    US helped France go nuclear to keep Europe divided.


    The government of the United States secretly helped France expand its nuclear arsenal, in order to promote its rivalry with Britain, according to newly declassified documents. The clandestine assistance to France, which tested its first nuclear bomb in Africa in 1960, began during the Richard Nixon administration, and was actively directed by Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s senior National Security Advisor. The documents, which were obtained by researchers at the George Washington University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, include a 1973 memorandum authored by Kissinger, in which he writes: “We want to keep Europe from developing their unity as a bloc against us. If we keep the French hoping they can get ahead of the British, this would accomplish our objective”. Toward that goal, the US ought to provide the French with information that will make them “drool but doesn’t give [them] anything but something to study for a while”. By doing so, Washington would be able to force Britain to stop “behaving ****ty” and conform to American foreign policy objectives:.
     
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    Yanks did the same with pak to keep india in check!

    chinese did the same with pak to keep india in check!
     
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    That's nothing compared to western strategy to keep Asia divided:
    • Partition of India, on a bogus ground. They first divided Bengal by inciting communal discord, came up with a pseudo-scientific conclusion that Hindus and Muslims can't coexist, and then used the Bengal model on the rest of India
    • Imperfect partition of India with the clause of self-determination of princely states (leading to territory disputes between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan
    • Not backing Tibet during its annexation by PRC, and in the process getting PRC and India to share a border that's prone to disputes
    • Backing ROC during the Chinese civil war. ROC lost the civil war, Taiwan should have been allowed to be annexed by PRC in peace.
    • Making a bloody mess out of the Korean Peninsula
    • Another bloody mess out of the Indochinese Peninsula
    I won't even get into the Middle-East.
     
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    'Divide and rule', the ultimate time-tested strategy since the dawn of mankind.
     
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    Took the words out of my mouth.
     

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