Monday, September 18, 2006
Henry Kissinger Calls for American-European Unity
Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations"
Wed Sep 13, 11:54 AM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger warned that Europe and the United States must unite to head off a "war of civilizations" arising from a nuclear-armed Middle East.
In an opinion column in the Washington Post, the renowned foreign policy expert said the potential for a "global catastrophe" dwarfed lingering transatlantic mistrust left over from the Iraq war.
"A common Atlantic policy backed by moderate Arab states must become a top priority, no matter how pessimistic previous experience with such projects leaves one," Kissinger wrote.
"The debate sparked by the Iraq war over American rashness vs. European escapism is dwarfed by what the world now faces.
"Both sides of the Atlantic should put their best minds together on how to deal with the common danger of a wider war merging into a war of civilizations against the background of a nuclear-armed Middle East."
Kissinger wrote that the big threat lay in the erosion of nation states and the emergence of transnational groups.
Iran was at the centre of the challenge, he said, with its support for Hezbollah, radical Shiite groups in Iraq and its nuclear program.
Washington must accept that many European nations were more optimistic about talks designed to convince Iran to halt uranium enrichment--a process Tehran denies is aimed at making weapons, he wrote.
But in return, he said, Europe should accept the process must include a "bottom line" beyond which diplomatic flexibility must not go and a time limit to ensure talks did not become a shield for "developing new assaults."
In the article, Kissinger, national security adviser for former president Richard Nixon, and secretary of state for Nixon and his successor Gerald Ford, warned the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah was still dangerous, after its month-long conflict with Israel.
"Hezbollah's next move is likely to be an attempt to dominate the Beirut government by intimidation and, using the prestige gained in the war, manipulating democratic procedures," he said.
He concluded by noting that observers wondered whether, after the Cold War, trans-Atlantic ties could survive the loss of a common enemy.
"We now know that we face the imperative of building a new world order or potential global catastrophe. It cannot be done alone by either side of the Atlantic. Is that realization sufficient to regenerate a common purpose?"
Commentary by William Norman Grigg:
Kissinger Calls for U.S.-European Cooperation to Head Off "War of Civilizations"
By William Norman Grigg at 2006-09-15 19:34 |
The threat of a nuclear-armed Middle East should induce the "best minds" of Europe and the United States to cooperate in "building a new world order" to prevent a "global catastrophe. It cannot be done alone by either side of the Atlantic."
Whenever the Power Elite has something really nasty on the drawing boards--a war, a sovereignty-sapping multilateral initiative, a diplomatic overture that preserves totalitarian gains while undermining what's left of the Free World, a cover-up--it will flash the equivalent of the Bat-Signal in the skies, summoning Henry the K from his lair to do whatever is necessary.
In recent years, given his age and debility, K's once-formidable malignant superpowers have largely evaporated, but he can still issue edicts through op-ed columns, such as the recent Washington Post essay urging the United States and Europe to pool diplomatic (and perhaps military) efforts to deal with the Middle East.
"The debate sparked by the Iraq war over American rashness vs. European escapism is dwarfed by what the world now faces" in the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, Kissinger insists. "Both sides of the Atlantic should put their best minds together on how to deal with the common danger of a wider war merging into a war of civilizations against the background of a nuclear-armed Middle East."
Kissinger, predictably, doesn't refer to his own role, in the Nixon-Ford era, in cultivating that potential threat by abetting the build-up of Iran's capabilities, which were inherited by the Islamic revolutionary regime after the Power Elite pulled the plug on the Shah, or, for that matter, the pivotal role played by his international deal-making firm, Kissinger Associates, in facilitating the Iraqi arms build-up during the 1990s. Like the Power Elite he has represented for decades, Kissinger is a past master at creating the poison and the "antidote" in the same laboratory.
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JBS News Feed by William Norman Grigg, Senior Editor, The New American