In this edition of The Debate1, Press TV conducts an interview with Shabbir R. Hassanally, an activist and Islamic scholar in London, and Lawrence J. Korb, a former US assistant secretary of defense from Washington, to discuss who benefits from sowing the seeds of division among Muslims.

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution has warned Muslims to stay vigilant in the face of plots to sow division among them. Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that powers including the US are in fact targeting Islam itself. His remarks come at a time when the Middle East region is witnessing the rise of Takfiri terror groups like ISIL (aka DAESH), who is committing atrocities in the name of Islam against Muslims. Some interpret it as yet another chapter of a Sunni-Shia schism. In this edition of The Debate, we ask who is behind the distortion of Islam’s image, and who benefits from sowing the seeds of sectarianism among Muslims.

The US pursuing divide & rule policy to control Mideast: Scholar2

Press TV has interviewed Shabbir Hassanally, an activist and Islamic scholar from London, and Lawrence Korb, former US assistant secretary of defence from Washington, to discuss the latest speech delivered by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the US plots to sow discord among Muslim nations.

Hassanally says Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated the late Imam Khomeini’s warnings about attempts by the US, the UK and the West as a whole to sow discord among Muslim nations. He added that the United States is pursuing an old policy of the British empire, which was to “divide and rule.”

Pointing to the US’s reluctance to defeat the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, the scholar said Washington needs some terrorist elements in the Middle East to frighten Muslims, incite instability in the region and control its black gold (oil) market and protect the existence of the Israeli regime.

The American foreign policy in the Middle East is based on triggering sectarian strife and then stepping aside and watching people kill each other, Hassanally concludes.

For his turn, Korb said that in response to the Iraqi government’s call, the US went after the ISIL terrorists because of their horrible acts. He also believes America is not behind the creation of ISIL and instability in the region.


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  1. This edition of the Debate was aired on June 4, 2015
  2. This write-up was for the same episode of the Debate on the Press TV site as a story with the headline The US pursuing divide & rule policy to control Mideast: Scholar on June 5, 2015

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