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In an important opinion article published earlier this week in The Wall Street Journal, Henry Kissinger provided a fascinating window into the foreign policy mindset of American officialdom that he has so consistently mirrored for nearly half a century.I see several main problems in Kissinger's text – and in the official American mindset in Washington that it reflects.The Middle East, in the Kissinger worldview, is an urban wasteland defined by armed gangs.Even sovereign and powerful states such as Saudi Arabia and Iran are defined in this mindset as Sunni or Shiite powers, rather than the sovereign and powerful states of Saudi Arabia and Iran, with varied populations.The second problem in that Kissinger's view of the Middle East seems to have no place for – or is simply blind to – the nearly half a billion individual men and women, mostly Muslims, who live in the region and shape its societies and states. The U.S. and other foreign powers, including Iran and Russia today, have all contributed their share to the "collapse" that Kissinger wants to help us escape.
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