Monday, March 2, 2009

Opinion: The Gaza Earthquake and Its Aftershocks - Atul Aneja

The Hindu, March 2, 2009 - ....Against the backdrop of the Gaza war, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Qatar, and Lebanon, backed by Hizbollah, are emerging as the backbone of the region which is undergoing a rapid realignment. Responding to the whirlwind of change, Egypt is sinking enormous political capital to ensure the success of talks being held in Cairo to cement a durable ceasefire in Gaza. Saudi Arabia is keeping its lines of communication with Syria active.

The emergence of a new political order in West Asia is still a work-in-progress, and the unscripted drama is only beginning to unfold. However, it is evident that the Gaza war has generated a tectonic shift in the politics of the region, which is set to experience a fundamental transformation.

Atul Aneja is the West Asia correspondent of The Hindu newspaper.

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