US envoy to UN: ME conflicts could lead to conflagration

Zalmay Khalilzad: Europe was just as dysfunctional for a while, and some of its wars became world wars.

August 27, 2007 23:44
US envoy to UN: ME conflicts could lead to conflagration

Khalilzad 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Middle East and Islamic civilization are so unstable now they could draw the world's nations into another global war, the US ambassador to the United Nations was quoted as saying Monday in an Austrian newspaper. Zalmay Khalilzad told the daily Die Presse that "The (Middle East) is going through a very difficult transformation phase. "That has strengthened extremism and creates a breeding ground for terrorism," he said, according to a Reuters translation from the German. "Europe was just as dysfunctional for a while. And some of its wars became world wars. Now the problems of the Middle East and Islamic civilization have the same potential to engulf the world," he was quoted as saying. He referred to the Islamic world as a slow starter. "They started late. They don't have a consensus on their concept. Some believe they should return to the time (6th-7th century) of the Prophet Muhammad," he said. "It may take decades before some understand that they can remain Muslims and simultaneously join the modern world." Regarding Iraq, Khalilzad was quite pessimistic. "Iraq will not be in a position to stand on its own feet for a longer period," he declared.

Related Content

NOT FOR much longer. A man protests against Brexit in London.
August 17, 2018
London mayor Khan consults disaster planners over no-deal Brexit