A strong military force in a poor or developing country is a real threat not to its supposed enemies but to its own unarmed people. A competent and strong military force which can fight and defeat its enemies usually become kind to its own people. On the contrary, an incompetent and coward military force may become tigers for its own unarmed civilians, but they are seen as fleeing fox in front of their arch-rival (supposed enemies).
Bangladesh military’s role towards its unarmed civilians after 1/11 but their dubious role before Indian army and security forces and recent Egyptian army’s mighty role towards its unarmed civilians but their dubious role against their arch-rival Israel’s strong army are clearly proving this facts.
Similarly, biggest participation in the UN peacekeeping force from poor/developing countries and joint military exercise with the superpower’s armed forces and similar ventures are indirect (and often direct) threat to the respective country’s sovereignty, for armed force’s role, interest and priority can easily be mobilised, manipulated and interfered by the superpower in different ways. Armed forces of those countries appear to be accountable not to its people or its democratic government, but to the superpower!
Participation in the UN peace keeping operation, joint exercise and similar venture may bring huge foreign remittance and some skills (perhaps these may bring huge economic benefits for the participant members of the armed forces) but at the huge costs of the country - often by compromising national interest, well-being and sovereignty of the country.
Therefore, politicians, statesmen and political thinkers should careful think about it and perhaps time has come to redefine military’s role of the poor/developing countries and their participation with mighty military force of the superpower.
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