Summer in Arms – News, Clues and Cruise Missiles – Bangladesh – Latest US Target
Nafeesa – Brit Bangla Blogster
As the Western economy looms in an ever whirling crisis. I have been reading in the Bangladeshi newspapers about how Hilary Clinton and the Obama adminisration have been trying to pressure the Bangladeshi Government to enhance the US-Bangladesh ”friendship” on Hillary’s last trip where she was supposed to be here to focus on the recent human rights violations, she was trying to secure arms deals and sign contracts with resource rich Myanmar.
”The US is also considering Bangladesh as a potential destination for selling outmoded arms and instruments. In a recent bid to modernise the tactical transport aircraft fleet of the Air Force, Bangladesh has decided to purchase four Lockheed MC-130Es from the United States at an estimated cost of $180 million. In the official documents of this contract the US government said that the proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by enabling the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to respond more capably to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief needs and support operations to counter violent extremist organizations.”
- The Daily Star , Bangladesh National newspaper, 16 June 2012 http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=238506
Whilst Hilary Clinton is helping Bangladesh to become a secure place, Mr Cameron is overjoyed with thriving defence industry in the UK, “In a hugely difficult time in the global economy UK aerospace is, quite simply, flying – employing more than 100,000 people, turning over more than £20 billion a year, holding a 17% share of the global market.
Finally, Hillary Clinton reportedly said the US energy company Conocophillips was interested in exploring off-shore blocks in the Bangladesh maritime areas and her country was willing to provide security to the off-shore oil-rigs against sabotage or other maritime threats. Since an International Tribunal on March 14 2012, Bangladesh is now able to lease its off-shore areas in the Bay of Bengal in the eastern side to foreign companies. its access to the Indian Ocean is strategically important.