Saturday, July 10, 2004

India News: Bring in Iran to stabilise Iraq nnd India should play a role in bringing about US-Iran rapprochement

India News

Such an agreement between US and Iran may appear to be beyond the realm of diplomatic feasibility for most people. Not so if one recalls the U-turn taken by US and China in 1971, and the secret deals US conducted with Iran in violation of its own laws during the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan administration. Some of the present prominent neo-conservatives, such as Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, had taken part in that affair. Though the Iranians were suspected to aid the Hezbollah in Lebanon who were holding Americans as hostages and the US was tacitly supporting Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran, the US had no compunctions about selling arms to Iran to get hostages released and to make a deal that part of arms sales proceeds should finance arms supplies to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Iran has gained a lot more international respectability in the last two decades. It has shown its interest in supporting Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s moderate stand. Therefore, there is scope for a major diplomatic role for India to play in bringing about US-Iranian rapprochement which will contribute to stabilisation of Iraq and for troops from India and Bangladesh to play a peace-keeping and peace enforcement role in Iraq.

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