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Israeli Think Tank: Don’t Destroy ISIS; It’s A “Useful Tool” Against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

 
 
Reply Sun 28 Aug, 2016 09:40 pm
Israeli Think Tank: Don’t Destroy ISIS; It’s A “Useful Tool” Against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.

Why? The so-called Islamic State “can be a useful tool in undermining” Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia, argues the think tank’s director.

“The continuing existence of IS serves a strategic purpose,” wrote Efraim Inbar in “The Destruction of Islamic State Is a Strategic Mistake,” a paper published on Aug. 2.

By cooperating with Russia to fight the genocidal extremist group, the United States is committing a “strategic folly” that will “enhance the power of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus axis,” Inbar argued, implying that Russia, Iran and Syria are forming a strategic alliance to dominate the Middle East.

“The West should seek the further weakening of Islamic State, but not its destruction,” he added. “A weak IS is, counterintuitively, preferable to a destroyed IS.”

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http://www.salon.com/2016/08/23/israeli-think-tank-dont-destroy-isis-its-a-useful-tool-against-iran-hezbollah-syria/
 
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sun 28 Aug, 2016 11:08 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
One problem with the US' foreign policy is its scattershot approach to the Middle East, and the rest of the world, for that matter, what with its ostensible, lip service push for democracy on one hand and its expedient, realpolitik backing of authoritarian regimes on the other. Russia makes no bones about the sons of bitches it backs, as it were. Had the US not deposed its son of a bitch, Saddam Hussein, the situation in the Middle East would be much different today, and ISIS may not have emerged at all.

The problem for Israel--and the US' obsolete twentieth century political propping of that state, for that matter--is that along with the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus axis, the US' allies in the region are also against them and its US backing.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 28 Aug, 2016 11:32 pm
@InfraBlue,
A bigger problem is engaging in Statecraft during an election.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2016 12:31 am
@bobsal u1553115,
How do you figure?
TheCobbler
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2016 08:42 am
Religiously motivated beheadings can work in our favor! (cynical)
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2016 08:47 pm
@InfraBlue,
It doesn't seem to happen during an election cycle.
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Noman
 
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Reply Thu 6 Sep, 2018 12:09 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
??????????????
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