(It should be noted, Prof. David of the BESA Center has already penned a little PR “fix” to Prof. Inbar’s insightful interview in which he claims ISIS serves the interests of Israel by destabilizing Iranian “proxies” like Hezbollah and Assad in Syria.)
Professor Efraim Inbar, the director of the BESA Center, an Israeli academic think tank that has carried out studies for the Israeli government and NATO, says that Islamist terrorists can serve a strategic purpose for Western interests in the region.
Inbar published a controversial article where he argues that ISIS can play a role in undermining Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia. The think tank’s director also claims that the continued existence of the terrorist group helps ‘bad guys to kill bad guys,’ and the West should allow ISIS to exist even despite its brutality.
RT: Why do you see the continued existence of ISIS as preferable to its destruction?
Efraim Inbar: We have to recognize that the main source for instability and the main danger to peace in the Middle East is Iran. And as a result of that we should concentrate our efforts to curb the influence of Iran. And ISIS is fighting Iranian proxies – like the Assad regime – which is no less brutal than ISIS itself, as well as the Iraqi government that is basically a satellite of Iran. ..
RT: You also say you believe instability can be a positive thing. Given the number of people who’ve been killed and displaced by the conflict in Syria, isn’t that a bit of a questionable comment?
EI: Stability is something that you want if it serves your purposes. We are living in a world in which in many places people kill people and we do not intervene in every place. In the Middle East the worst country that is committed to genocidal goal – like destroying the Jewish state – has to be stopped. And ISIS is performing this function
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