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

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.”

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  • tom_billesley

    The enemy is islam.

    • The enemy is Islam. Let the Shiites/Sunnis kill each other.

      The non-Muslim world will be a lot better off.

      Then get the shrinks working on mass deprogramming of the Islamic cult.

  • DMB

    I can see a “positive” aspect to a more powerful Iran in the region. This will create a more of a balance of power between the Sunni’s and Shiite which will greatly upset the Saudi’s. With that it will increase the hostility level between the Iranians and the Saudi’s potentially leading to a direct war between these two factions in Islam rather than the ongoing proxy wars we are witnessing. This may increase the security threat for Israel in the short term but for the long term anything that increasing the hostility between Muslims in the region will be beneficial for Israeli security in the long term. Let Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and of course the Iranian & Saudi military exhaust their resources by fighting among themselves rather than focusing on Israel.

    • k2

      Yes and no. The more the power balance between Iran and its proxies versus SA and its proxies is even, the better for non-muslims and the world in general, certainly. But if they go into open war there is always the possibility that one side or the other will score an overwhelming, crushing victory, and become all the more powerful and dangerous as a result.

      • DMB

        Even if one side were to come out victorious the victor will come out through this in a much weakened and vulnerable state even though they would become the superpower in the region. Prolong wars have that effect on nations.

        • k2

          A Pyrrhic victory? Yes, that seems a possibility as well.

    • marty_p

      I still long for the good old days of rooting for both sides in the Iran Iraq war.

  • Sid Falco

    America under Obama (with the strange bedfellows of Saudi Arabia and Israel) was content to see the Christians and Yazidis, as well as the ruling Alawites of Syria exterminated. It hasn’t worked out that way so fuck them if they’re not happy with Iran.

    • Not clear. F*** who?

      • Sid Falco

        In descending order: Kissinger, Soddy Arabia, America then Israel.

        • Confused.

          • Sid Falco

            Me too.

          • I meant just you. “F*** America and Israel”? That is confusion. Where are you coming from, what are your values, what is your understanding of events?

          • Sid Falco

            America has been supplying arms to jihadis. Trump seems to be stopping that, which is good.

          • And Israel?

  • Cat-astrophe

    What the Kiss is saying is that the ISIS monster was the balance of power and with its unfortunate demise the last capable country in the region will be the new regional power.
    Oh well, apparently Iran has gone and stuck itself right in the middle of the highest concentration of American military bases outside of the US itself.
    Silly Iran.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Does anyone pay attention to what this war monger has to say anymore?

  • ntt1

    Kissinger: frequently wrong, never in doubt. the war mongering old fool needs a good pair of walking shorts and a metal detector and embrace retirement as he should have years ago.

  • What he says is obvious. The ‘liberated’ IS territories may fall in the hands of the Sunnis or the Shiites. In the latter case, Iran will have succeeded in controlling de facto a large arc of the middle east.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel right now holds the regional balance of power. Even the Russians know better than to piss off the Israelis. The next step should be to push for Kurdish independence, since the Kurds are pro-Western, treat Christians and Yazidis humanely and are ferocious fighters. Kurdish lands not only include parts of Iraq and Syria, but also the southeast 20% of Turkey and a chunk of western Iran.

    • marty_p

      Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks fluent Russian so there’s no room for the Ruskies to misunderstand “Don’t Piss Us Off”

  • Felicia Scott

    Why don’t these senile social maggots and parasites (Kissinger, Soros, McCain) just hurry up and die. Then the media might just find someone interesting to interview.

  • Hard Little Machine

    With Obama at its right hand