Manufacturing Foreign Enemies

In 1996, Fareed Zakaria was the Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs, the journal put out by the Council on Foreign Relations. His writings give us good insight into how politically influential people think.

In his article “Thank Goodness for a Villain”, published in the September 16, 1996 edition of Newsweek, we read:

“Yes, it’s tempting to get rid of Saddam. But his bad behavior actually serves America’s purposes in the region…. If Saddam Hussein did not exist, we would have to invent him…. the end of Saddam Hussein would be the end of the anti-Saddam coalition. Nothing destroys an alliance like the disappearance of the enemy…. Maintaining a long-term American presence in the gulf would be difficult in the absence of a regional threat.”

This quote is cited from page 304 of The Creature from Jekyll Island, A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin.

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