Syria

Aug. 28th, 2013 09:35 pm
mcgillianaire: (Bedouin in Desert)
Well done Labour, if indeed they were instrumental in securing two votes in the Commons. The second is the crucial one on military action, but it won't take place until the on-site UN weapons inspectors have reported back their findings. My views on Syria are still fairly fluid given the complex nature of the conflict, however if chemical weapons have been used (regardless of whether it was the government or the rebels), then I think I would support a limited air strike, merely to dissuade either party from engaging in that type of attack again. But only on one mandatory condition, that we had UN (and possibly even Arab League) support, just as we did with Libya. Surely that's the most important lesson to draw from the Iraq War fiasco. I don't think we should (ever) engage ground troops or take sides in this conflict because I think they're as bad as each other. If the rebels were to come to power, I'm fairly confident they would wipe out the Alawite community, to which Bashar Assad belongs. Sad as it is to digest, pre-Arab Spring, Assad, like Saddam Hussein before him, had largely maintained the peace (albeit fragile) between the various communities. Both belong to minorities, just as the Sunni rulers do in Shiite majority Bahrain. I suspect the best solution for Syria, would be to broker a deal between the warring factions, with the support of Russia. The last thing we need is to meddle in another regional conflict that is essentially a Greater Game being contested between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Yet I suspect between Iran's sabre-rattling over Israel, the Anglo-American Jewish lobbies, Iran's nuclear enrichment, and rising oil prices, my advice will eventually be ignored.
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The US is trying to force India to make a choice: support the UNSC sponsored report against Iran or lose the nuclear energy deal signed in July.

A lot of different issues make the decision a complicated one for the bigwigs in New Delhi. One that surprised me however was the interesting fact that aside from housing the world's 2nd largest Muslim population (after Indonesia), India is also the home to the world's 2nd largest Shi'a population. Second to Iran, that is. With more than 20+ million Shi'as, growing domestic energy demands and only 3% of current energy requirements fulfilled by nuclear power; it will be quite interesting to see which path India takes.

Iran's shadow over India-US relations - BBC News, September 20
Historic breakthrough for India-US relations - BBC News, July 19
Iran's Nuclear Program - Wikipedia

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