Allawi states the obvious about Iran. “Iran Destabilizing Entire Middle East: Former Iraq PM Allawi,” from AFP, October 17:
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi on Sunday accused Iran of trying to “wreak havoc” across the entire Middle East and interfering in Iraq’s political process.
In an interview with CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Allawi said the region was “falling victim” to extremist groups financed by Tehran.
“We know that unfortunately Iran is trying to wreak havoc on the region, and trying to destabilize the region by destabilizing Iraq, and destabilizing Lebanon and destabilizing the Palestinian issue,” Allawi said.
“And this is where unfortunately Iraq and the rest of the greater Mideast is falling victim to these terrorists who are definitely Iran-financed and supported by various governments in the region.”…
“Definitely in Iraq I can say categorically that Iran is trying even to bring about change to the political process according to their wishes and requirements.”…
But he denied that other countries in the region were pressuring him or interfering in Iraq’s political wrangling, adding that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had offered strong support for an inclusive, representative government.
“So I don’t believe that there are leaders in the region who are trying to fuel extremism and bring about sectarianism; unfortunately, only Iran,” Allawi said.
Yeah, that’s plausible.