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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hamas has got to go

This excellent article on the METimes agrees with me and Nadz's conclusion: If there is to be any rebuilding of Gaza and any future peace in the middle-east, Hamas has to go away. Moneyshot: Therefore it was alarming to read an interview on August 17 with Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Zahar asserting in Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that: "... shall never recognize a state by the name or its right to own a single inch in Palestine. This is what our Muslim religion dictates. Palestine is the property of Islam and Muslims. It is not, repeat not, owned by Palestinians or by Arabs. To say the least this is a highly unwise, almost criminal, kind of statement on so many counts." Mr. Al Zahar cancels the right of Palestinians by linking their fate to an undefined Islamic world. He also takes the Arabs out of the equation altogether. So, tell me doctor: Are Indonesian Muslims or Malaysians now part of the deal to liberate Palestinians? [...] Above all, Zahar shows a jihadist dictatorial tune out of sync with these times. Did he forget those same Palestinian people have chosen, in free elections Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), to be their president and also voted for a national assembly that makes decisions? Who chose Al Zahar? Hamas has no right to confiscate this choice, declare itself sole custodian of Palestinians and furthermore divorce the issue from the Arab world in order to declare Palestine the property of some amorphous "Muslim World". Young Muslim jihadists will take this to mean that they can launch rockets at Israeli soldiers and at Israel. Then what? Is Mr. Al Zahar prepared to abort the entire Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and deprive Gazans dreaming a little free air, freedom of movements, end of checkpoints, air raids, killings, arbitrary arrests and unemployment? What is worse is that Al Zahar also pledged to "continuing" the armed struggle in the West Bank once the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza is complete. Armed struggle? Which armed struggle? If attacked by rockets or suicide bombers Israel does not even have to reenter Gaza. It will crush it from the air and seal its sea and land borders. Read the whole thing.


At 9/01/2005 03:09:00 AM, Anonymous Don Cox said...

The problem with "Hamas must go away" is the same as with "Reduce red tape". Jobs. These organisations are providing careers for a lot of people. To get rid of fighters or bureaucrats, you have to find them something else to do. Otherwise, you have a bunch of uneployed trouble makers on your hands.

At 9/01/2005 03:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only Hamas, but aqsa martyrs & islamic jihad have to dissolve, whether join the PA or return to pulbic life, but their work is independent of any PA plan & so any negotiations held by the PA with ISrael is subject to whether any of these groups strike or not.
Hamas are after power & as for that guy refering to Palestine as belonging to ISlam is a load of tosh, just another example of how the palestinians turned a political situation into a religious one. That statement holds no validity nor does it make any sense. If hamas continue on this path of armed resistance out of the PA strategic goals, they will start a civil war with the PA & might topple the beseiged PA, which seems like they wont do anything to stop hamas. Abo mazen seems reluctant to put a leash on hamas,which shows he isnt a strong leader capable of hard choices.
As for unemployment as suggested by don cox, thats the most ridiculous excuse ever!!

At 9/01/2005 06:54:00 AM, Blogger freefalla said...

DC had it exactly right. These Hamassholes (and the rest) are trying as hard as they can to propagate the armed conflict. If there were actually (gasp...) peace between Israel and Palestine these bastards would have to go find a job, go from being 'freedom fighters' to some random douchebag like the rest of us. Its all about social status and self-preservation. They don't give a damn about the lives of ordinary Palestinians.
That and the other regional governments that are paying and supplying these organizations would sure hate to lose their favorite scapegoat. Who would Hosni and the rest have to blame for societies ills if not the Israeli's?

At 9/01/2005 02:25:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Anyone know where the phrase: "Killing Ground" came from?

Some people on the net thinks it orignated from Dante, which brought me to this fascinating description:

: : : : : : : "Finally the lowest area of all in hell is located at the bottom of a deep circular well. Stationed around the perimeter of the well, their torsos sticking up over the edge are a half dozen giants, one of whom, Antaeus, gently deposits the poets down upon the frozen floor of hell. Here, at the center of evil, all the infernal waters, and all the tears and blood of suffering humanity gather and freeze in the total absence of love. Here those souls are trapped in the ice who have been treacherous, that is, fraudulent to those who especially deserved loyalty. At the center of this frozen lake, his torso coming up above the surface, Satan himself, with his three faces, perpetually gnaws on Brutus and Cassius and Judas Iscariot."

Gaza might become such a place. Its up to the bad guys. But they have "suffering humanity gather and freeze in the total absence of love. Here those souls are trapped" and the thugs and terrorists will not shed one tear. But they will ask for more volenteers.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 9/01/2005 10:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

""... shall never recognize a state by the name or its right to own a single inch in Palestine. This is what our Muslim religion dictates. Palestine is the property of Islam and Muslims. It is not, repeat not, owned by Palestinians or by Arabs."

I don't understand what he is trying to say. Palestine is not the property of Palestinians? Islam owns Palestine? Islam has no Pope and no Vatican:

I who is going to take title to Palestine on behalf of Islam? Palestine is the property of all Muslims? Somehow, I doubt that the Indonesians want Palestine. Nobody in their right mind would want Palestine. Even the Israelis are getting the hell out.

What could possibly motivate this man to say such an outlandish thing? Doesn't he realize the the Palestians might be a wee bit upset with him?

At 9/02/2005 05:34:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

This is a must read from VDH. Our Dog Days

Papa Ray
West Texas


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