“It is often forgotten that ever since the Iranian revolution, and the ousting of the Shah in 1979, there have been several occasions when the Iranians have been working, informally, with the Americans though neither side found it convenient to draw attention to it. Whenever this has happened it has not been because of hypocrisy or double standards on either side. It has been because their national interests have coincided on specific issues, and co-operation has been an entirely logical consequence,” Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the chairman of the intelligence and security committee at the British parliament, wrote in a recent article in the Daily Telegraph.
Rifkind suggested that the American government should cooperate with Iran to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq. It’s an unrealistic suggestion, not because cooperation with Iran is forbidden but because the value of cooperation with it is equal to zero in the equation of the struggle with ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Sir Rifkind, these are the basics of politics in this region: Muslims, like Christians, of all different sects and doctrines, accuse each other of infidelity and there’s a long history of blood and wars between them. On the one hand, Iran is a state ruled by an extremist Shiite religious regime, and on the other hand, ISIS is an extremist Sunni organization that works in Iraq and Syria. So, how can Shiite Iran help America fight a Sunni rebellious group? It’s like saying that Britain, with the Protestant majority, must help fight a Catholic group or state during a sectarian dispute!
Rifkind suggested that the American government should cooperate with Iran to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and SyriaAbdulrahman al-Rashed