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Drawing False Conclusions

The Indian Left's position on the question of nuclear weapons free zones or WMD free zones has been characterised by several flip-flops. In west Asia, it has supported nuclearisation in the name of opposing American hegemony, while it retains a continued, if inconsistent, belief in nuclear deterrence in south Asia. But the Left now has to clarify its perspective on how best to deal with American military might. To do this needs recognition of the fact that it is in these two regions in Asia where nuclear weapons are most likely to be used and therefore the need for urgent denuclearisation.

A Strategy to Stop the War

The only way to put a definitive end to the war is to force a withdrawal of the coalition forces. The UN now has a chance to redeem itself as an institution standing for a just and democratic global order. A new super power has emerged - world public opinion - and for the first time has challenged US domination over the UN. The anti-war movement needs a two-pronged campaign: to call for a UN General Assembly session to order a withdrawal of US-UK troops from Iraq, and to put an end to US dollar hegemony.

Black Humour in Time of War

While there is no dearth of news of the devastation caused by the ugly war in Iraq, there has been a profusion of absurdities, in the pronouncements, claims and counter-claims of the leaders and war correspondents and the editorial output of the Indian media.

Protests, Lies and Realpolitik

It is not easy to understand just how uneasy many Americans are about the Bush's dubious venture. There has been widespread reaction across the country in major cities and towns and university campuses. Many have rallied around the flag resignedly, though the spirit is anything but jingoistic. While echoes of an earlier epoch suffuse the new actions, the perennial debate on whether civil disobedience does more harm than good has been reopened.
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