The war against Hamas: Why does it matter?
Exclusive: Bruce Phillips notes worldwide implications if terror group isn't crushed in Gaza
Saturday, January 17, 2009
By Bruce Phillips
In these perilous times, it isn't often that the EU, the U.N. and the U.S. agree on foreign policy issues, especially those related to defining terrorism and/or the threat of global jihad. For example, the U.S. considers Hezbollah (both civilian and military) a global terrorist organization, while the EU and U.N. do not. However, all three do agree (at least reluctantly) that Hamas is truly a "terrorist entity."
For its part, Hamas has made no secret of its purpose for existence – the destruction of Israel. As stated explicitly in the preamble of its 1988 Charter, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." What is often overlooked is the Charter's declaration that Hamas is "one of the wings of Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine," and that the "Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times." It is important to recognize that Hamas – one among many active progeny of the malignant Brotherhood (Ikhwan) – has emerged as the pre-eminent, idealized representative of the global jihadist movement.
Why? Because Hamas stands at ground zero, at the epicenter of the jihadist theological universe, and it is directly engaged in the valiant existential (spiritual) battle that all jihadist groups yearn for. These "roaring lions of Hamas" personify a modern-day Salah Al-Din (Saladin) – as the new liberators of holy Al-Quds (Jerusalem) – while being conveniently appointed as the democratically legitimized arbiters and guardians of a new Islamic Millennium.
In other words, Hamas is the premier jihadist organization in the world today, primarily because of its ongoing face-to-face fight with Israel – Islam's eternal enemy.
With this in mind, let's revisit the question included in the title of this article, "The war against Hamas in Gaza," specifically, "Why does it matter?" In a nutshell, it matters because if Israel cannot prevail over Hamas in Gaza (for whatever combination of political, military and/or psychological reasons), then no government will ever fully (adequately) prevail against the fast-growing number of jihad groups emerging elsewhere in the world.
How could this be? Because the premier platoons of Hamas fighters are currently barricaded within a well-defined area of about 140 square miles – a small strip of land little more than 30 miles long by 4 miles wide. Of course, there are leaders and supporters of Hamas and Palestinian expatriate communities scattered throughout the world, but Hamas has planted its frontline jihad battle flag in Gaza.
Hamas made its jihadist intentions clear shortly after its election, with the June 2006 capture of Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Following Israel's subsequent arrest of more than 50 Hamas Cabinet ministers and officials, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said, "Our people are patient. They can arrest leaders, assassinate leaders, but our flag will not fall."' Its intentions to dominate the new jihad strategic battle zone became even clearer in early 2007, when it violently forced Fatah out of the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, the rockets began to fall. In June of 2006, Abu Nasser, a senior Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader, said, "The new [Third] Intifada is only a question of time, and this will be the hardest and the most dangerous one. It's just about timing until the order to blow up a new wave of attacks will be given." Unfortunately, Hamas and its surrogates, such as Al-Aqsa Brigades, the Palestinian Front the Liberation of Palestine and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, have been true to their word. Since the withdrawal of Israel from Gaza in August of 2005, more than 6,500 rockets and mortars have been aimed at the civilian population of Israel.
Also unfortunately, the (Western) world still seems confused about how to respond to the jihad threat posed by Hamas. President Nicholas Sarkozy of France condemned Israel's invasion of Gaza, calling it a "dangerous military escalation," while EU President Jiri Potuznik of the Czech Republic responded with full support for Israel, stating, "At the moment, from the perspective of the last days, we understand this step as a defensive, not offensive, action." At the same time, the British government has not publicly condemned Israel's ground offensive, but also made clear that it does not fully support it, either. All this, and much more like it, while "the campaign has inflamed public opinion across the Arab world, which has responded with protests and condemnations."
To conclude, if Hamas cannot be defeated in Gaza (when everyone in the world should know exactly who they are and what they stand for), then how can anyone else hope to defeat jihadists who are subtly diffused through the populations of nearly every other country in the world? Stated another way, if we can't defeat an enemy we can clearly see, then how will we ever defeat an enemy we cannot clearly see, who often enjoys the protection of governments operating under Islamic Shariah law, or at least cleverly and cynically hides behind the protections and benefits provided so generously by democratic, liberal Western governments?
Or, if we lack the political will (and discernment) necessary to defeat an avowed, well-defined and unapologetic jihad group such as Hamas – concentrated as they are at this moment in space and time – then when and how will we ever find the will to engage the threat of jihad (in all of its myriad subtle expressions) against jihad groups and individuals that we can't even see, let alone define?
What's more, in the immediate aftermath of Israel's failure to defeat Hamas, the leaders of every jihadist group in the world will come to a sudden (and thrilling) realization … that no power on earth can defeat them. Yes, they may suffer loss of life and property, and they may have to endure hardships and deprivations, but in the end, Islam will prevail. Of that, they will be resolute and certain.
Bruce Phillips a federal law enforcement agent with over 30 years of experience and a leading expert on Hamas and its fundraising network on American soil. He currently serves in an advisory capacity to America's Truth Forum.
Questions for the Pentagon: Who is Hesham Islam?
By Claudia Rosett, National Review
In the sorry tradition of shooting the messenger, the Pentagon is cashiering its top expert on Islamist doctrine, Stephen Coughlin. Some members of Congress are now contemplating hearings to ask why. Along with drawing attention to Coughlin’s research, now circulating on the Internet, the growing controversy has thrown a spotlight on Coughlin’s alleged nemesis at the Pentagon, a top aide named Hesham Islam — whose tale deserves closer attention. Not least, as a reporter for the Armed Forces Press Service observed last year, it would make a great Hollywood blockbuster.
Certainly there are subplots here that seem made for the movies, including tales of Islam, in his youth, living through an air raid in Egypt, a ship sinking in the Arabian Sea, and now, years later, this scuffle under the Pentagon rug over how to deal with the chief threat to America today — Islamic extremism.
Title: Turkey and Pakistan Cooperate on Counter-Terrorism Efforts
By Frank Hyland
Facing well-entrenched insurgencies and numerous acts of terrorism, Turkey and Pakistan have initiated cooperative efforts to increase their security in the face of these threats. Following a two-day, high-level official visit to Pakistan by Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, the two nations announced “strategic” cooperation on a number of fronts, including defense, trade, and diplomacy (The News International [Islamabad], April 20). The visit, the first to Pakistan by a Turkish foreign minister, heralds a new era in cooperation between the two Muslim nations (Associated Press of Pakistan [APP], April 20).
Foreign Minister Babacan made explicit mention of Turkey’s desire for an enhanced level of defense industry cooperation with Pakistan. Babacan described the volume of trade with Pakistan as having risen to the level of $690 million in the past five years, noting that—with the increased efforts of private-sector firms in both nations and the creation by Turkey and Pakistan of a business-friendly environment—there was the hoped-for potential of reaching one billion dollars in trade in the next two years (APP, April 20).
Title: Islam Is a Trojan Horse
Source: Amil Imani / Freedom of Iran
“Europe will be Muslim in a dozen years,” promises the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supreme Guide (dictator) who is racing full-speed ahead to make as many bombs as possible with long-range missiles capable of delivering their payload anywhere in the world.
This past Friday, Yunis al-Astal, a leading Muslim cleric and Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament, declared on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV that "the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital," would soon be conquered by Islam and Rome become an advance post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas.”
The Islam hydra, with Saudi Arabia and the oil-money bloated Emirs and Sheiks of the Persian Gulf leading the Sunni charge from one side and the end-of-the-worlder bomb-seeking Shiite of the Islamic Republic of Iran with its proxies of Hamas, Lebanon Hezbollah and the Sadrists in Iraq closing from the other side will devour the free world.
Free people: are you listening?
Free people: do you care?
Free people: are you doing anything?
Disguised as religion, Islam has penetrated the democracies with the aim of replacing civility and liberty with the barbarism of theocracy and Sharia. Islam’s multi-prong attack aims to destroy all that liberty offers.
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