March 30, 2007

WHAT LIES BETWEEN:

India straddles Middle East divide (Sudha Ramachandran, 3/31/07, Asia Times)

Even as the Indian government courts Israel, its soldiers - part of a United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon - are winning the hearts of Hezbollah and of the Lebanese people.

Hezbollah spokesperson Ali Fayyad praised India's peacekeeping in southern Lebanon at a conference on "War, Imperialism and Resistance" in New Delhi two weeks ago. "The role of the Indian Army deployed as part of UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon is very positive and it has no problem with the people of Lebanon and Hezbollah," he said.

India, which has provided soldiers to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for the past nine years, has about 850 soldiers currently deployed in the eastern sector of the 13-mile buffer zone north of the Israeli border.


Hardly surprising that the Indians have grasped more quickly than their allies that the Shi'a aren't the enemy. Indeed, they'll broker the rapproachment between the U.S. and Iran.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2007 7:12 AM
Comments

The Indian forces in UNIFIL are notorious for being quick to accept bribes from Hezbollah.

Posted by: pj at March 30, 2007 10:51 PM

India knows how to deal with Islamic radicals, and the last thing Hezbollah wants to do is upset them in Lebanon.

Posted by: Brian at March 31, 2007 1:21 AM

India funds Shi'ite radicals--they've a common enemy in Pakistan.

Posted by: oj at March 31, 2007 7:06 AM

Is this rapproachement before or after the mullahs get their turbans atomized?

Posted by: ratbert at March 31, 2007 10:42 AM
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