It seems to be an Iron Law of Indian Politics that every time a political party appears to support the majority in a communal riot, that party wins an impressive victory at the next election.
There will be relief all round at the peaceful completion of the VHP?s conclave in New Delhi. This sudden toning down of the VHP?s customary aggressive conduct must have required a great deal of backstage parleys.
The US intervention in Vietnam was motivated by the fear of what was called the ?domino theory? which said that the success of the communists in Indochina would be followed by their incursions into other countries of the region.
Ever since the American adoption of pre-emptive strikes as a legitimate method of ?self-defence? against perceived enemies, the idea has been embraced by several countries.
An American tank fires on a Baghdad hotel killing three journalists and what?s the response from the US military? Sorry, but tough luck.
In their determination to play a ?dominating? role in Iraq the Americans are tending to ignore the anger and dismay of the Iraqis.
It wasn?t quite a ?cakewalk?, as a former US bureaucrat had predicted about the war in Iraq, but it wasn?t too much of a difficult job either.
With a regime changed in Baghdad, it was an ancient civilisation?s turn to be a war victim. That was not, however, how it was planned.
The Iraqi admission that thousands of would-be suicide bombers are waiting to be unleashed on the US-led coalition ought not to be surprising to anyone apart from the Pentagon generals
The relief and elation felt by the US-led coalition forces over the relatively easy ?conquest? of Baghdad must have been diminished by the eruption of what the UN has described as ?anarchy?.
Even as an attempt to get to the bottom of archaeological truth, the High Court order to dig up the past is a dangerous precedent. And does the digging stop only after Hindu relics are found?
War has finally come to Baghdad, heralding one of the most decisive phases of the conflict. But it can prove to be decisive in more senses than one.