Philip wrote:The great danger with sanctions is that if they really hurt, then the affected nation might act militarily.Japan in WW2 the prime example and the rise of the Nazis and Hitler thanks to the Treaty of Versailles. Iran can cause immense chaos in the Gulf by attacking energy supplies transiting it.
In Pakistan Shiite shrines have been repeatedly bombed and attacked by Paki Sunnis. Iran ,ancient Persia and the Paki Punjabi elite have little in common and it is only natural that India and Iran separated by the epicentre of international terrorism, Pakistan, should be natural allies.We should not lose the opportunity.
Philip, Why should India and Iran be natural allies ? If Pakis don't have anything common with them, Then we have less common bonds with Iran than Pakis.
It isn't that Iran will destabilize Gulf and rest of the world would simply sit back and cower in fear. Once the bombing campaign begins in earnest, Iran will quickly realize that friends of convivence like Russia and China will issue only statements from the cosy comforts of security council.
We don't have any civilizational bonds with Iran in last 1000 years except for one of their looters came to India and massacred everyone in his path. Heck we have reference to Sheikh and Turk but not of Iranians in middle ages literature.
I personally would like India to have Arab countries under its protective wing.
Iran is not a player to be trusted till the re-establish their credibility notwithstanding that fact that crazy mullahs acting crazier every day. Trying to bomb Israeli diplomats in Delhi wasn't act of friendliness nor constant noise about Kashmir would be taken frivolously by current babudom in the North Block.