(GPA) Tehran – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called out Western powers for supporting and causing terrorism in the Middle East. The comments were made at the annual Muslim Unity Conference in Tehran where Rouhani emphasized the need for Muslims of all sects to unite against terrorism, Zionism, and devastation caused by colonial powers.
Rouhani directly blamed “big colonialists, Western powers and occupiers of the region that trained terrorist groups to create terror, armed them, purchased stolen oil from them, and put cultural antiquities from the razed museums (of Muslim countries) up for auction,” and for the destruction of Muslim countries– especially Syria and Iraq.
He also pointed out that Muslim countries allied to western powers are just as guilty since they help to arm and train terrorist groups. “If major world powers think they can stabilize their interests in the region by helping the terrorists, they are wrong. […] Western powers and then their regional allies are the ones to blame for destruction of Aleppo and Mosul and beheading of Muslim youths,” he said.
The Iranian president is of course referring to countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Which Hillary Clinton herself admits are directly responsible for extremist groups in the middle east like ISIS. As an email from WIkileaks reads: “We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical groups in the region.”
Indeed, it is unlikely these groups would exist today without support from the United States and their allies in some form or another for the past thirty years or so. Is this to say the United States directly funds or trains ISIS? No, but they’ve created the perfect breeding ground and instability for groups like ISIS to flourish. Plus ISIS can be a useful tool for western powers when they share common enemies. Where the weapons come from is really neither here nor there.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.