World Bulletin/News Desk
Former French Prime Minister Dominique De Villepin has said that he holds Western foreign policy responsible for the multiplication of terrorism hotspots around the world, according to a report in the Middle East Monitor. He added that he regards ISIS (ISIL) as the "deformed child" of this policy, which he described as arrogant and erratic.
Speaking to France's BFM TV, De Villepin said that the decision by US President Barack Obama to form an international alliance to fight ISIS was ludicrous and dangerous.
"It is about time that Europe and the United States learned from the experience of the war on Afghanistan," said the French politician. "In 2001, we had one central terrorism spot. Now, after engaging in military operations for the past 13 years in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali, we have ended up with about 15 terrorism spots because of our contradictory policies."
According to the report, the "reckless" war on Iraq in 2003 provided help and support to the regime of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, who used the "sectarian game between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites," said De Villepin.
He also warned against waging a war in a region that suffers from terrorism and is witnessing "identity crises". He said that doing so amounts to pouring fuel on the fire.
Every war the West wages, he claimed, will have to be followed by another one to remedy its failure and incompetence in responding to terrorist threats:
"Western interventions are systematic: they appeared to be independent operations driven by various ambitions, but they have succeeded in a singular result: the emergence of an elusive jihadist enemy and the collapse of states and civil societies in the region.
We now know some of the operations that heralded all this: the operation in Libya in 2011 and its implosion since that date has transformed the country into a terrorist landmark in the Sahara; and in the Sahel, in particular in Nigeria bordering Cameroon and Chad where Boko Haram is extending its barbarous grip. But these wars always nourish new wars, each time larger, each time increasingly impossible. They nourish terrorism among us with promises of eradicating it.
De Villepin made his comments in the wake of the attacks in France, in which a total of 17 people were killed this week.Last Mod: 12 Ocak 2015, 13:45