Cooperation with Iran on Iraq Is Foolish and Immoral

(Israel Hayom) Zalman Shoval - There are voices in Washington who want to join forces with Iran to fight the Sunni Islamists threatening to roll through Baghdad. There is no doubt that ISIS is the sworn enemy of the U.S. and the West. However, the claim that this justifies cooperation with Iran is foolish and immoral. There are no good guys or bad guys here, rather two unequivocally bad sides. Iran is striving to acquire nuclear weapons and has threatened to commit genocide; it is a country headed by a regime that is the world's primary exporter of terrorism and whose interests and ambitions are completely contradictory to the interests and hopes of the free world. Any warming of relations with the U.S. - and this will be the immediate outcome of American-Iranian synergy - will grant further legitimacy to the ayatollah's regime, strengthen its hand in nuclear negotiations and lead to the permanent deployment of Iranian military forces in Iraq, meaning the "Eastern Front" will draw even nearer to the Jordanian and Israeli borders. The writer is a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.

2014-06-25 00:00:00

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