November 08, 2005

Rules of Friendship

The Telegraph, 08.11.2005

Ashok Mitra makes his analysis a laughing stock by juxtaposing race relations in America with the relative clout of the Pentagon vis-à-vis the state department in the US administration. What evidence does he have to prove that Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell have lost much of their powers with the installation of Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld et al? Second, it is all very well to believe that Tehran is trying to develop “civilian nuclear power”. Why, then, does it refuse to open up its installations to IAEA inspectors? Moreover, the recent call by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to “wipe Israel off the map” certainly doesn’t portray a humane face of the regime. His extremism has been opposed within the Arab world, including Palestine. Third, if the Americans are making the mistake of treating the Middle East as one homogeneous entity, so is Mitra. There is no universal pan-Arabic plight to Western imperialism. Such attempts have consistently failed in the past, as states have recognized that their interest lies separate. The big picture is still hazy. Only time can tell, not Mitra.

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