The Un-holy war
Rivers of blood may flow
from the Tigris, one of the cradles of ancient civilisation in ancient
Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in what is being seen by many as a crusade
by the Christian world against the Muslim world tempered only by
the fact that more than half the Christian world and the Pope himself
have condemned this unnecessary and unwarranted war.
US President seems to complain that the world has not fully appreciated
the US psyche has changed irreversibly after the events of September
the 11th 2001, the anti war sentiment within the US itself does
not reflect this.
On the contrary,
it seems with each passing day that this is indeed a grudge match
at the insistence of just one man, arguably the most powerful man
in the world. In this day and age in the face of overwhelming opposition
that one can send your Army to kill the head of a Sovereign state
- and unashamedly call it 'Operation Decapitate' is surreal, to
say the least.
In the recent
past at least, it has been a case of the United States shifting
goal posts, first arming Osama bin Laden against the Russians now
wanting to kill him; once arming President Saddam Hussein against
Iran now wanting to kill him; once opposing President Musharraf,
now supporting him.
But the fact
that there are no permanent friends only permanent interests in
realpolitik is old hat; and the United States, long having lost
the moral right to preach to the world what's right and what's wrong,
is now passe as a moral arbiter in international affairs.
as ours have no option but to grin and bear, while the President
of the United States settles old scores with impunity and with absolute
disregard for international law. In our position as bystander in
this whole imbroglio, we are reduced to making see-saw statements
and scramble to control the fallout disaster to our own affairs.
Vladimir Putin said on Friday that it is smaller and weaker nations
that are at the mercy of the 'law of the first'. Sri Lanka faced
this same doctrine in 1987.
Never since World War II has the US leadership of the world been
challenged so universally as today. That is the price it is paying
even if they eventually have their way in Iraq.
As for the
long suffering people of Iraq, on behalf of whom this war is ostensibly
being fought, and on behalf of whom rivers of crocodile tears are
being shed by its own leadership as well as the leaders who are
now ordering that they be bombed, what else can be offered other
than our sympathies.
To use a racy
Sinhala idiom they are like the arecanut caught in the nutcracker,
caught as they are, between the designs of one President who does
not give two hoots about world opinion -- and another President
who also does not give two hoots about world opinion.