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August 4, 2017 4:41 pm

Kissinger Warns: ‘Iranian Radical Empire’ Could Emerge in a Post-ISIS Middle East

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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The downfall of ISIS could be a boon for Iran, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger cautioned in an article published by CapX this week.

“Across large areas of Iraq and Syria, an ideologically radical religious army, Isis, has declared itself a relentless foe of modern civilisation, seeking violently to replace the international system’s multiplicity of states with a single Islamic empire governed by Sharia law,” the 94-year-old Kissinger wrote. “In these circumstances, the traditional adage that the enemy of your enemy can be regarded as your friend no longer applies. In the contemporary Middle East, the enemy of your enemy may also be your enemy. The Middle East affects the world by the volatility of its ideologies as much as by its specific actions.”

“The outside world’s war with Isis can serve as an illustration,” he continued. “Most non-Isis powers — including Shia Iran and the leading Sunni states — agree on the need to destroy it. But which entity is supposed to inherit its territory? A coalition of Sunnis? Or a sphere of influence dominated by Iran? The answer is elusive because Russia and the Nato countries support opposing factions. If the Isis territory is occupied by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards or Shia forces trained and directed by it, the result could be a territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut, which could mark the emergence of an Iranian radical empire.”

Last November, as reported by The Algemeiner, Kissinger said the biggest challenge facing the Middle East was the “potential domination of the region by an Iran that is both imperial and jihadist.”

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  • Emmanuel Sillah

    Not much to realise that. Iran is trying to be the regional power there and is spending billions of dollars and a lot of blood to get that.

  • shloime

    the shiites are the majority in iraq, and took control of the government thanks to american promotion of “democracy”. the iraqi army was trained and equipped by uncle sam. so what would mr kissinger suggest, to support isis as a way of counterbalancing iran?

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