The escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq is turning out to be a nightmare for the Modi government, once again bringing to the fore the weaknesses of India’s foreign and economic policies and its volatility in the face of external happenings. The Ministry of External Affairs has been too slow to anticipate the surge of ISIS and the repercussions for India from the upheaval. Soaring crude oil prices will hinder the government’s move to contain inflation, while a deficient monsoon will only worsen things. India’s foreign policy should now evolve into one that is largely based on economic diplomacy.
This refers to the report, “Swamy: India must offer military support to Iraq” (June 20). It is disturbing that the BJP leader now wants India to take sides in this “emerging Shia-Sunni attrition war.” He must study the ground reality before commenting on such sensitive issues. Sunnis and Shias are united against terror. The problem in Iraq has its roots in Saudi/Qatari/U.S links which sabotaged peace in Syria.
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Iraq’s military may be giving a stiff fight to ISIS in parts (International page, June 20), but the crisis shows that this is largely a fight against terror. All nations must sink their differences and help Iraq. Uncontrolled, the Iraq issue has the potential to derail many a regional and global economy.
Iraq has witnessed a long history of political turmoil. In April this year, there was news of Sunni insurgents gaining power. If the matter had been dealt with due seriousness, Iraq would not have faced such a grave situation.