Sunday, December 17, 2006


Can these people get along with anybody?

It's been called the first rule of politics and I think it applies here: If the enemy insists on digging themselves into a hole, stay out of their way. As noted earlier, Hamas and Fatah continue their intra-Palestinian squabble (which NBC has not yet declared a civil war): Factional Violence in Gaza Escalates

“Hamas officials condemned the attack on Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar's motorcade, which came as it passed through Gaza City, as an assassination attempt.”

This is Scott Wilson reporting though so you expect him to somehow get Israel involved here. Sure enough:

Zahar, a surgeon by training, is an outspoken Hamas hardliner whom the Israeli government has tried to assassinate before.”

For those who don’t remember, the Israelis dropped some bombs on his place in September 2003 as part of a re-emerging conflict (and spate of suicide bombings) involving Hamas. When did going after a militaristic enemy’s leadership become an assassination attempt?

Because, as a reminder, Mr. Zahar is a FOUNDING member of Hamas; as in the sworn ENEMY of Israel. From Article 28 of the Hamas Covenant:

“Arab countries surrounding Israel are asked to open their borders before the fighters from among the Arab and Islamic nations so that they could consolidate their efforts with those of their Moslem brethren in Palestine.

As for the other Arab and Islamic countries, they are asked to facilitate the movement of the fighters from and to it, and this is the least thing they could do.

We should not forget to remind every Moslem that when the Jews conquered the Holy City in 1967, they stood on the threshold of the Aqsa Mosque and proclaimed that "Mohammed is dead, and his descendants are all women."

Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Moslem people. "May the cowards never sleep." The Avalon Project : Hamas Covenant 1988

(I know this is serious stuff but I can’t help but laugh when I read the line “Mohammed is dead, and his descendants are all women". Too bad the Israelis never actually said that because that would have been some pretty good trash-talking.)

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