Friday, 20 June 2014

Bedfellows without love or romance!


Very soon we are likely to see a marriage of convenience, with no love or romance, but an arrangement just to set right the mess created by the US and UK in Iraq. Where ever US has intervened, they have left the place and people in uncertain frame of mind encouraging civil unrest.

It was the sexed up intelligence reports that claimed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, based on which the US and UK sent troops to Iraq. The eventual state of affairs in Iraq today is there for all to see. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found but a regime was toppled and a society in tatters, a recipe for civil unrest. All this because they did not like the dictator Saddam and his independent policies some of which were against them. Later at least in UK, some intelligence guys were hauled up for sexing up’ their intelligence reports. But nothing of this happened in US.

The political crisis in Iraq may make strange bedfellows of he US and Iran, but don’t expect any love between them. It is an old adage coming into play – my enemy’s enemy is my friend, raising the unthinkable prospect of co-operation between the US and Iran to support the beleaguered Nouri al Maliki against the fanatical jihadists of the Islamic state in Iraq and al-sham (ISIS). Over the past few days, Washington and Tehran have been eyeing each other. Iran has already made the first move by indicating they are not averse to supporting US in this fight against the ISIS. Don’t they make strange bedfellows?


This will also be the first foreign policy test for Modi and BJP. The ministry of external affairs confirmed that 40 Indian construction workers, most of them from Punjab, had been abducted, presenting the barely month-old NDA government its biggest foreign policy test. Apart from this, about 46 Kerala nurses are stranded in northern Iraq. To add to their woes, most of them had paid hefty amounts for their visa and travel papers. It would be difficult for them to return empty-handed now. This unrest in Iraq may put additional burden on Indian oil imports too.


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