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Iran Bent on Destabilizing the Middle East

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Sunni clerics at Saudi Embassy, Beirut, earlier this year. (AP)  

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Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 08:34 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In a commonly told Israeli joke or aphorism, two taxi drivers come to an impasse on a single road. The first driver says move aside so I can pass; the second driver says the same. Emotions explode. After hurling insults, the first driver leaves his cab with fists flailing. He sees a Jew seated in the back of his rival’s taxi and proceeds to beat him up. The second driver upset by what he observed, gets out of his cab and heads for his rival’s taxi. Quite coincidentally, there is also a Jewish passenger in the back seat and he too is beaten up.

What is the moral of this story?

Assume for a moment, the drivers are Sunni and Shiite. In the story they are rivals, but most notably they are united in their hatred of Jews. The Middle East assumption that religious differences will lead to fragmentation and a stalemate between Sunni and Shiite is a fiction since both sides have a common enemy and a common goal: Removing the U.S. and Israel from the Middle East.

Recently the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned members of al-Qaida who are based in Iran. What journalist Armin Rosen pointed out is that the Shiite dominated regime doesn’t care about sectarian differences with Sunnis as long as al-Qaida bogs down the U.S. on every battle front in the Middle East.

Iran’s ties with al-Qaida have been well known and documented since 2011. According to the 9/11 Commission report, “Eight of the fourteen Saudi ‘muscle’ operatives (in the attacks) traveled into or out of Iran between October 2000 and February 2001.” After the 9/11 attacks, several members of bin Laden’s family sought sanctuary in Iran.

For Iran, terrorism comes first. It has been known for a considerable period that Iran is the primary sponsor of Hezbollah (a Shiite terrorist group) and has assisted Hamas (a Sunni terrorist organization). The common principle they share is inflicting violence on and in Israel.

Defense analysts who assume the Shiite-Sunni conflict represents a balance of power arrangement that will maintain regional equilibrium may be underestimating areas of common interest. Theological squabbles aside, there are Middle East matters on which the terrorists on either side of the religious divide agree, starting with mayhem in nations that oppose them.

Clearly both would like to see a Palestinian state from the Jordan to the Mediterranean. Those nations that have grown close to Israel for strategic reasons, e.g., Egypt, are targeted by both al-Qaida and the Quds (Iranian Revolutionary Guards).

Nothing reported here is unknown to the Intelligence community, yet astonishingly the U.S., as part of the P5+1, engaged in a nuclear deal with Iran that gave this terrorist state our tacit approval for accelerated enrichment programs which, we now know through the revelations of a secret document, will allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons in under five years — with a “break-out” period reduced to six months.

From financial legerdemain to providing a sanctuary for 9/11 planners, from promoting the death of innocents to violent jihad, Iran is Terrorist Central. Most interesting, of course, is despite the adherence to Shiite principles, the Iranian government is most interested in uniting with Sunni groups in order to promote a national and globalist agenda.

That the U.S. is indirectly complicit with Iran through the nuclear deal and the war against ISIS, will, at some point, come back to haunt America.

Herbert London is the president of the London Center for Policy Research and author of the books "America's Secular Challenge" (Encounter Books) and "The Transformational Decade" (University Press of America). Read more reports from Herbert London — Click Here Now.



 

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Iran is Terrorist Central. Despite adherence to Shiite principles, the Iranian government is interested in uniting with Sunni groups in order to promote a globalist agenda. The U.S. is indirectly complicit with Iran through the nuclear deal and the war against ISIS.
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