Thursday, June 21, 2007
Hamas versus Fatah in Gaza...
The one thing that unites Iran and the Arab countries, regardless of their differences and mutual mistrust, is their common desire to end the state of Israel. There will be bloody skirmishes between partisan terrorist factions along the way, as is happening in Gaza (and other spots) with Hamas and Fatah. But the common goal to eradicate Israel from the Middle East supercedes any temporary damage resulting from in-fighting. One sees Sunnis, Shia, Arabs, Persians, Syria, Iran, Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, and al Quaeda... despite many differences, united when it comes to destroying Israel, as well as opposing The U.S. in Iraq.
From the perspective of the democratic west, the ascendancy of the Iran backed Hamas in Gaza should be one more stark reminder that the radicalized jihadist wave is growing and eventually will have to be confronted. Hamas and Fatah are vying for the title of the "strong horse" upon which the Arab Middle East can ride to realize their goal of Israel's end. Hamas looks to win .
Israel should be fully supported by the U.S. and Europe, as it is not only in the gun site of those setting the Arab/Muslim agenda, but it is a liberal democracy and the natural ally of the west.
Update: Mike Pence, R-Ind., said he is drafting legislation that would restrict money from being given to the Palestinians so long as Hamas has control of Gaza. Pence wants to offer the measure as an amendment to a $34.2 billion bill that funds the State Department and foreign assistance programs.
Pence said his concern is that Bush's decision to resume aid will "open the flood gates of support for authorities within the Fatah government that could ultimately be used against Israel," he said in an interview Wednesday.
"Right now we're at a time when Hamas is sitting behind the desk of government buildings in Gaza City wearing ski masks and holding AK-47s," he added. "It's hard for me to see where we can provide any funds directly or indirectly to supplement or support what is an emerging terrorist Palestinian state."