By M K Bhadrakumar April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. T S Eliot's famous opening lines from The Waste Land come to mind as Washington confirms that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is heading for the Middle East to attend an international conference regarding the Iraq situation, in Kuwait on April 22. This will be no ordinary run-of-the-mill international conference. It's about Iraq. And Rice may well bump into her Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.


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