Kissinger affirms support for Clash of Civilizations


Richard Moore

This article is full of double talk and is a bit tricky to decipher.  On the one
hand he says, "the big threat lay in the erosion of nation states and the 
emergence of transnational groups". On the other hand he talks about how "Europe
and the United States must unite". He says we must avoid a "war of 
civilizations", while he blames all troubles on Muslim states. The article has 
no logic whatsoever. In the wake of Israel's destruction of Lebanon, not to 
mention the US destruction of Iraq -- both illegal, unprovoked crimes against 
humanity -- he talks about how Iran must be prevented from "developing new 

When you take away all the fluff, the only thing Kissinger is really saying is 
that the US and EU should prepare for an all-out attack on Islam.


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Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations"
Wed Sep 13, 11:54 AM ET

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?"

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