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(From Business Line)
from BUSINESS LINE, September 09, 2005 With West Asia in a ferment after the invasion of Iraq, India needs to have a policy that looks west too, both to be wary of any looming threats and to take advantage of opportunities, says G. Parthasarathy
MILITARY INTERVENTION in Iraq could well prove to be a historic blunder for the United States, resulting from setbacks like those it faced in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia. Claims that Saddam Hussein was a menace because of his insatiable desire for weapons of mass destruction have been rejected. Assertions that he was hand-in-glove with the Al Qaeda have similarly been proved baseless. American international credibility has been so badly eroded by the arguments put forward to justify military intervention in Iraq, that any claim that Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons will evoke scepticism, even within the US. Around 2000 American lives would have been lost in Iraq by the end of this year. Domestic opposition to the American involvement there is growing
The Pentagon recently claimed that the war against insurgency in Iraq is being won. Insurgents made up of erstwhile Baath Party supporters …