Enemies of god

Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the new Hamas leader, yesterday denounced President George Bush as “the enemy of God and Islam” and threatened an unrelenting war against the United States.

…”America has declared war on Allah,” the 57-year-old paediatrician said. “Sharon has declared war on Allah. Allah has declared war on America and Bush. I can see the signs of victory from here, the land of Palestine, by the hand of Hamas.” -Independent.co.uk

Hamas. Why do they hate us? Is our support of Israel is making these terrorists mad at us? As has invading Iraq? Are we creating more Bin Ladens through these actions? If we are, what should we do instead? One thing is for sure, we cannot afford to leave Iraq or abandon Israel to make them happy.

The fact is that there is no room in their worldview for us or Israel. Palestinians danced in the streets with jubilation on 9/11. This was quickly squelched and later denied, but there is news footage of it happening.

"I appeal to all factions to unite around the option of jihad and martyrdom, the option of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin," he said. Hamas leaders in exile had earlier discounted the possibility of a strike against the United States. One of them, Mussa Abu Marzuk, said in Damascus last week: "The US is not a target, but in the future only God knows."

Dr Rantisihad had said Hamas would restrict its activities to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But yesterday the leader, who has always been among the most uncompromising Hamas spokesmen, dismissed such constraints. His speech was seen as an attempt to align Hamas with Al-Qa'ida's worldwide campaign against the enemies of Islam.

He repeated that Hamas' fundamental principles would not be sacrificed. "We will never sacrifice one inch of the homeland," he said. "We will never sacrifice the refugees' right of return and the release of prisoners." -Independent.co.uk

There is no separating the Palestinian issue from the war on terror. The entire Middle East is complicite in the 'Palestinian problem.' The war on terror is intrinsically a war on an ideology pervasive throughout the middle east. Is that ideology Islam itself? Or is it a perversion of Islam much like the Aryan splinter groups are a perversion of christianity? The jews in Israel are not there only as refugees from europe, they are there as refugees from other Arab countries.

Following the 1947 United Nations vote to partition Palestine, Arab violence against Jews erupted throughout the Middle East and North Africa where more than 870,000 Jews were living (1945 estimate). Many of the Jews resided in communities with a continuous Jewish existence for 2,500 years or more. -Palestinian Facts

Is peace even something to contemplate with such foes?

"Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors."

The Imam and Martyr Hassan al-Banna(5)

...For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah's victory prevails. -Hamas Charter

Is this a political struggle or a religious war? By Hamas or Al Qaeda? or hundreds of groups like them because there is little difference between them. They share members as well as ideology. Hamas is a Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. A former member of which is Al Qaeda's second in command.

A surgeon, Al-Zawahari has been described as a private, intelligent and vindictive person. "He was first arrested in 1966 when he was just 15 years old for belonging to the then-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest radical Islamic group. During the 1970s, al-Zawahari remained involved with militant Islamic organisations and emerged as a leader of Egypt's Gihad group, which, in conjunction with the Gamaa Islamiya, carried out the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat." -Janes

It took time to realize that Al Qaeda was more than just an isolated group of 'normal' terrorists. It seems to be taking time for the left to realize that the entire middle east is in fact 'the base.'

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 Quran its Constitution. Its spacial 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. -Hamas Charter

Democrats and progressives are adamant that invading Iraq had nothing to do with the war on terror and claim that doing so created more terrorists. They insist that we should have narrowly focused on destroying Al Qaeda because Iraq, and by extension the Middle East, had nothing to do with 9/11. But it's not as simple as that. We will be targets merely for our support of Israel.

Saddam Hussein was subsidizing suicide bombers with $25,000 rewards. The Arab world is fixated on the destruction of Israel and the entire west. Terror is being literally fostered, nurtured, and bred in every corner.

In another article published today in The Age, McGeough wrote, "The grieving mothers seemed comforted when the man from the Iraqi-funded Arab Liberation Front told them: 'Don't think that the martyrs are dead they are alive and in the heavens and they are close to God.'"

I reached McGeough on his mobile phone in the West Bank this morning and asked if he snuck into this gruesome town hall meeting, held by a PLO faction aligned with Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party. I mean, who would let a foreign journalist see this sort of Iraqi-Palestinian blood partnership?

"I asked the Ramallah office of the Arab Liberation Front," McGeough said. "They said I could go."

He was welcomed. So the Palestinian Authority is blatantly exposing its terrorist funding from Iraq? To foreign reporters?

"You can interpret it in various ways. One way is that it is a deliberate way for Baghdad to escalate the suicide bombings." -Fox News

Is Osama Bin Laden the symptom or the disease?

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. No Arab country nor the aggregate of all Arab countries, and no Arab King or President nor all of them in the aggregate, have that right, nor has that right any organization or the aggregate of all organizations, be they Palestinian or Arab, because Palestine is an Islamic Waqf throughout all generations and to the Day or Resurrection. Who can presume to speak for all Islamic generations to the Day of Resurrection? This is the status [of the land] in Islamic Shari'a(20), 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. -Hamas Charter

Yesterday in Fallujah, in the heart of the Sunni triangle, four civilians were ambushed, burned, and dragged through the street. Someone later claimed responsibility for that act.

"This is a gift from the people of Fallujah to the people of Palestine and the family of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin who was assassinated by the criminal Zionists," said in the statement from the "Brigades of Martyr Ahmed Yassin."

"We advise the US forces to withdraw from Iraq and we advise the families of the American soldiers and the contractors not to come to Iraq," said the statement obtained by AFP. -Yahoo

Are we to blame for these four civilian deaths? If we are then we are just as assuredly to blame for 9/11. Shall we join with folks like United for Peace and Justice? After all, killing terrorists brings calls for more terror. For progressives this is proof of the evil of Bush and Republicans. Kerry supporters' arguments about why Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time are identical to groups like, Freedom Road, a socialist organization, "The US occupation of Iraq continues to stagger from failure to failure, with no sign of turnaround in sight."

But Iraq's liberation was not a detour. It is a stop on the road to peace. Iraq is strategically in the center of the Middle East. Iran to the east. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to the south. Syria and Jordan to the west. Turkey to the north. To leave Saddam in control of Iraq is to ensure a promoter of chaos and terror in the middle of the middle east. A free Iraq will go a long way toward giving moderate muslims a reason to resist intellectually the Islamo-fascist forces. To remove a financier of terrorism, an enemy of both Israel and America, is not a detour.

The Bush administration did not ignore Al Qaeda or purpose itself to pin the crime of 9/11 on Iraq. September 20, 2001 the President clearly spelled out who was responsible for 9/11. Al Qaeda. And he promised to bring justice to them.

Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking: Who attacked our country? The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are the same murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and responsible for bombing the USS Cole.

...Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.

...the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows. -White House

What I think the Bush administration truly underestimated was the lengths to which western liberals and progressives would see Bush as the real enemy rather than the terrorists and their ideology themselves. This plays into the hands of terror. Target civilians and then blame their government for making it necessary. Demoralize your enemy and increase your supporters.

If removing dictators and killing terrorists is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

Posted by Eric Simonson at April 2, 2004 2:13 PM