[The mistrust has a long history. Arabs and Persians enjoy cordial enmity; the cultural rivalry between the Sunni and Shia universes dates back a mere 1.5 millennia or so, to the battle of Karbala in 680 and beyond.
But recent developments have envenomed things to the point that Arab diplomats troop daily into the State Department to warn that the U.S. quest for détente with Tehran is dangerous. By ROGER COHEN Op-Ed Columnist Iran and Israel NYT: May 17, 2009 Read All Comments (211) »]
Religion and politics are entwined since millennia. The attempt in India to keep them separate is futile. [TNM]