Sunday, September 4, 2016

Israeli Think Tank: Don’t Destroy ISIS; it’s a “useful tool” against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

Does it make any sense at all for the U.S. to get involved in the insane quagmire that is the Middle East.

According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS.

Salon reports that 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 ISIS, 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.”

So much for fighting ISIS because it is a threat to the U.S. homeland via terrorists.

According to Salon, Inbar, an influential Israeli scholar, is the director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, a think tank that says its mission is to advance “a realist, conservative, and Zionist agenda in the search for security and peace for Israel.”

These people are all insane.


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