Sunday, October 22, 2006
In a candid article published in the Palestinian press, Ahmed Youssef, a political adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah, a Hamas leader, said the group had been shocked by the strength of opposition to its electoral victory. “It went beyond all imagination,” wrote Youssef. “The government ... did not expect the pressures and the siege imposed on our people would be so harsh, so strong and so large in scale.”Could it have anything to do with Hamas' expressed goals? There is a long history here. 1993 FAS (introduced to the house by Chuck Schumer, btw):
Hamas, as it is currently organized, was founded in December 1987 just when the intifada (uprising) in the occupied territories was starting. The Hamas agenda is based largely upon the principles of Islamic fundamentalism that were gaining momentum throughout the Arab world at that time. The goal of the founders was to become directly involved in the intifada and ultimately gain control of the Palestinian movement and bring it more in line with fundamentalist Islamic thought.Hamas and Hezbullah are still cooperating. Hamas also supported Iraq in the Gulf War. One of the founding principles of Hamas (just like Hezbullah) is that any Muslim who does not participate in total war against Israel is a traitor:
Hamas has apparently staked much of its reputation on the fate of the peace talks, apparently believing that a breakdown or perceived failure of the talks would propel Hamas into the leadership of the Palestinian movement.
Hamas relies heavily upon its use of violence. This is clear from the content of pamphlets regularly distributed throughout the occupied territories since the first month of Hamas existence. The pamphlets include statements such as: `increase attacks with knives, grenades, and guns against the cowardly Jews in their houses and turn the day into darkness and the nights into intolerable hell * * * view every Jewish settler as a target to be killed, whose blood and money are for the taking.'
Hamas also admits to having executed Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israeli authorities. A transcript of a training film allegedly made last summer by the Qassam Battalions tells how Hamas operatives kidnapped Palestinians accused of collaboration and then forced confessions before executing them.
There is added concern on the part of U.S. policymakers because of reports that Hamas is receiving support from Iran and is collaborating with its Lebanese client, Hizbullah. 23 The Hamas representative in Iran denied the PLO allegation that it had received $30 million from Iran in 1992, but he acknowledged Iranian assistance to `Palestinian groups.' There are few particulars about Hamas collaboration with Hizbullah; the inference is that Hamas militants have been given refuge in southern Lebanon where they receive training and support from Hizbullah guerrillas.
'Egypt was, to a great extent, removed from the circle of struggle [against Zionism] through the treacherous Camp David Agreement. The Zionists are trying to draw other Arab countries into similar agreements in order to bring them outside the circle of struggle. ...Leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism is high treason, and cursed be he who perpetrates such an act.'Among the enemies of Hamas are Rotary Clubs (read this, if you read nothing else, because it is Hamas speaking of Hamas):
Article Seventeen: The Role of Muslim WomenHere's a few more excerpts:
The Muslim women have a no lesser role than that of men in the war of liberation; they manufacture men and play a great role in guiding and educating the [new] generation. The enemies have understood that role, therefore they realize that if they can guide and educate [the Muslim women] in a way that would distance them from Islam, they would have won that war. Therefore, you can see them making consistent efforts [in that direction] by way of publicity and movies, curricula of education and culture, using as their intermediaries their craftsmen who are part of the various Zionist Organizations which take on all sorts of names and shapes such as: the Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, gangs of spies and the like.
Article Twenty-two:The Islam of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbullah and Al-Qaeda is not a religion but a political creed. Their goal is the recovery of political control of all lands once possessed by Islamic regimes, and they believe that they can only achieve this by unifying all Muslims against any who would oppose that goal. Spain is also Waqf, for example. Furthermore, all lands in which Muslims reside should be absorbed into Islam, and peaceful relations between members of other religions are only permitted when and if members of those other religions are living under the political control of an Islamic regime.
The enemies have been scheming for a long time, and they have consolidated their schemes, in order to achieve what they have achieved. ... They stood behind the French and the Communist Revolutions and behind most of the revolutions we hear about here and there. They also used the money to establish clandestine organizations which are spreading around the world, in order to destroy societies and carry out Zionist interests. Such organizations are: the Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, B’nai B’rith and the like. All of them are destructive spying organizations. ... they stood behind World War I, so as to wipe out the Islamic Caliphate. ... the Community of Unbelief is one.
Article Thirty-Two: The Attempts to Isolate the Palestinian People
World Zionism and Imperialist forces have been attempting, with smart moves and considered planning, to push the Arab countries, one after another, out of the circle of conflict with Zionism, in order, ultimately, to isolate the Palestinian People. Egypt has already been cast out of the conflict, to a very great extent through the treacherous Camp David Accords, and she has been trying to drag other countries into similar agreements in order to push them out of the circle of conflict. Hamas is calling upon the Arab and Islamic peoples to act seriously and tirelessly in order to frustrate that dreadful scheme and to make the masses aware of the danger of coping out of the circle of struggle with Zionism. Today it is Palestine and tomorrow it may be another country or other countries. For Zionist scheming has no end, and after Palestine they will covet expansion from the Nile to the Euphrates. Only when they have completed digesting the area on which they will have laid their hand, they will look forward to more expansion, etc. Their scheme has been laid out in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and their present [conduct] is the best proof of what is said there.
Article Five: Dimensions of Time and Space of the Hamas
As the Movement adopts Islam as its way of life, its time dimension extends back as far as the birth of the Islamic Message and of the Righteous Ancestor. Its ultimate goal is Islam, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution. Its special dimension extends wherever on earth there are Muslims, who adopt Islam as their way of life; thus, it penetrates to the deepest reaches of the land and to the highest spheres of Heavens.
Article Eight: The Slogan of the Hamas
Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.
Article Eleven: The Strategy of Hamas: Palestine is an Islamic Waqf
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine has been an Islamic Waqf throughout the generations and until the Day of Resurrection, no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of it. ... This is the status [of the land] in Islamic Shari’a, and it is similar to all lands conquered by Islam by force, and made thereby Waqf lands upon their conquest, for all generations of Muslims until the Day of Resurrection. This [norm] has prevailed since the commanders of the Muslim armies completed the conquest of Syria and Iraq, and they asked the Caliph of Muslims, ‘Umar Ibn al-Khattab, for his view of the conquered land, whether it should be partitioned between the troops or left in the possession of its population, or otherwise. Following discussions and consultations between the Caliph of Islam, ‘Umar Ibn al-Khattab, and the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, be peace and prayer upon him, they decided that the land should remain in the hands of its owners to benefit from it and from its wealth; but the control of the land and the land itself ought to be endowed as a Waqf [in perpetuity] for all generations of Muslims until the Day of Resurrection. The ownership of the land by its owners is only one of usufruct, and this Waqf will endure as long as Heaven and earth last.
In other words, that 70% of the American population which believes that we are occupied in a long war against Islam is correct. See Shrinkwrapped's post "Don't Kill The Messenger". It's just that our opponent is one branch of Islam, and a very political one at that. Not only that, the core beliefs of this branch of Islam are that of a murderous cult, and as soon as it gains power anywhere it is doomed to foul its own nest. Shrinkwrapped is right, and so are SC&A, Dr. Sanity and The Anchoress. Oriana Fallaci and George Bush are messengers telling the tale the liberal, academic, journalistic elite can't stand to hear. Unfortunately for the current Democratic party, which has abandoned its own roots, the rest of us have heard their message and believed. The 30% of the American population which doesn't believe that we are in a genuine and unavoidable clash with the Islamic totalitarianism is the 30% of the American population that's ignorant, mentally unbalanced, or delusive.
When, as a party, you must pin your hopes of winning elections on the idea that the majority of the population is ignorant, mentally unbalanced or delusive, you are not planning to win elections. After all, for everyone who's not mentally unbalanced or delusive, ignorance is a temporary condition that automatically redresses itself. So even if the Dems win this one, they cannot win the next election. I strongly suspect that they don't want to win it either. The strategy they're following is the worst possible one. I think they are afraid to win an election, because then they'd have to bear some responsbility for public policy.
If you want to make some real $$s and get that ski lodge in Telluride.... You'll need good lawyers.
Hamas is a self-ridiculing organization. For example, they view the Rotary and Lions as spying tools of the enemy. Seriously, read their charter. The terrifying Rotarian threat is mentioned multiple times.
It cries out to be made into a board game; it would be the 21st century equivalent of "The Producers". YOu could work in a chutes and ladders type deal, ie on your way to make a connection in the mosque if you rolled a four and landed on the Rotary luncheon block, back to the beginning you would go. And if you rolled an eight and ended up in hotel hosting a Lions convention, you'd have to spend the night quivering in fear under your bed and would miss your contact.
You know, this really does have potential.
Btw, there ARE some European cities in which western women are beginning to veil on the street in order not to get harassed. Your concerns are not unfounded. Peace at any price turns out to come with a very, very high price tag indeed.
I think women, overall, are more likely to agonize over the war in Iraq and to be more committed to the idea that we must oppose this Islamicist threat than men. We have way, way more to lose than men.
Check out the Cotillion blogroll on the right. You can read it at Bloglines here. We are very different people, but we are singing the same tune. If it came to it, the women of the south would pick up guns and be fighting on the streets. We will not go the way of Europe, CF, whatever it takes. We will not.
PS: The women of the south are pretty good shots, too!
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