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Inside Hamas: How To Understand the Global Jihadist Threat

August 20th, 2014 - 7:30 am

In-depth reporting by the Wall Street Journal’s Nicholas Casey and Adam Entous takes us inside Gaza, into the minds, indoctrination and support system of Hamas. The report is here (but behind the paper’s subscriber wall).

It will be a tough one to refute for the willful blindness crowd – i.e., the bipartisan Beltway ruling class and its cooperative mainstream media – who insist that Islam is innately a religion of peace. The report illuminates the reality that Islamic study is the basic pathway to jihadist militancy and that, for members of Hamas, the jihad against Israel is not a parochial political affair but part and parcel of a global ideological movement that is very much driven by a perception of divine directive.

To observe what Hamas members and their supporters believe, and to learn that even non-adherents of Hamas respect the organization’s tenets as an entirely legitimate construction of Islam, is to elucidate the stubborn stupidity of the claim that “true” Islam is unconnected to terrorism committed by Muslims – and that we should regard such Muslims as irrational “violent extremists” rather than jihadists.

The report introduces us first to Abu Thoraya, a Hamas jihadist killed in the recent fighting:

[He was] in some respects a typical young man in his 20s. He was unmarried, worked a clerical job and lived with his parents, whom he and his brother supported. He took long morning runs down the Gaza Strip toward Egypt. He had a pious side which drew him to Hamas. He made connections to the group at the Abu Salim Mosque, an old stone prayer hall down the street from his home.

We learn from his brother that family members “didn’t share the same views” as Abu Thoraya, but it quickly becomes clear that the narrow disagreement is about jihadist aggression. The report explains that the brother is an “Islamist.” This means (although the report does not go into it) that he is an Islamic-supremacist: a supporter of sharia government – i.e., imposition of Islam’s societal framework and legal code. That is Hamas’s goal as well. The only real difference is that the brother belongs to an Islamic supremacist faction, the Dawa movement, that does not have a military wing.

Why is it so important to understand the ideological sympathies, rather than narrow disagreements about tactics that Western leaders obsess over? Because it shows that even dissenters from Hamas respect the terrorist organization’s beliefs and goals. Despite their differences, the report explains, “the family accepted and supported Mr. Abu Thoraya’s decision to plumb the world of Hamas through Islamic study and religious training.”

And, whether we choose to see it or not, fundamentalist Islamic religion includes the call to violent jihad and the veneration of it as the highest service to Allah – the surest path to paradise. The Obama administration can try to erase this incontestable fact out of the materials used to train the intelligence, law-enforcement and military personnel charged with protecting us. It will not, however, be erased from the scripture-based materials used to educate and indoctrinate Islamic supremacists. As the report relates Abu Thoraya’s seamless transition from education to indoctrination to terror:

At some point, religious study transitioned into fighting. “You start as a fan of Hamas, then eventually, if they trust you, you join the armed movement,” said his brother.

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I have been reading the Koran. It is chock full of "Allah be praised" framed in hostility, hatred, and paranoia. It is not great literature, history, or theology; it is psychopathy. The Koran namedrops the greatest personages of the Holy Bible, but one will not learn much, if anything, about those personages by reading about them in the Koran. We, civilized men and women, should not cow or abase ourselves to Islam. Islam is not a force for good.
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There are good people who happen to be Muslim. I've worked with them. But no good muslim is a good person. For to be a good muslim you must emulate their prophet (pedophile, murderer, thief, wife beater, music hater) and subscribe to what he stated through the Koran.

It should not take a genius to understand what is happening with Islam. The followers believe they now have the upper hand (given to them by dhimmis like the leaders of the UK or by false Christians like Obama and his minions). They think dialog will resolve differences. The only way to resolve differences is to convert to islam, and even that won't make a difference (as you can see with the shia vs sunni violence).

Any country that has a Muslim majority is hell not only for non-muslims but muslims as well. Any neighborhood in a muslim-minority country (like Sweden or Denmark) will quickly begin to act like a muslim-majority country.
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Who is a major problem in this Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda problem? Who is fueling the clash of civilizations?
Hollywood, for one....
See HOLLYWOOD'S JIHAD: http://misterchambers.com/2014/08/20/hollywoods-jihad/

Working with the wife of an al Qaeda terrorist does not make someone guilty of a crime. Yet, it is hard to dismiss the PSOE’s pro-Islamist stance, whether be an initiative between Erdogan and Zapatero, welcoming Turkey into the E.U., or withdrawing Spanish troops from Iraq – a move that now seems calculated to benefit the likes of the Islamic State. It was precisely Maria Ayuso’s husband who recruited the terrorists whose deadly attacks put the PSOE in power, to the surprise of Spanish citizens. At around the same time he was directing this “Chica Almodovar,” he happened to make a comedy about a gay Islamic terrorist.

Entering into a business partnership with the Qatar Investment Authority is also not illegal (although it should be), and the Weinsteins should be afforded the benefit of the doubt. But it is hard to ignore that Qatar is the primary sponsor of al Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State, and operates a slave empire with links to underworld mafia boss, Dawood Ibrahim. It may be purely coincidental that Miramax distributes some of Almodovar’s best known films, and that Harvey Weinstein produced a pro-Palestinian propaganda movie. None of these are necessarily smoking guns....
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"based on Islamic teachings that are mainstream in the Middle East"

How does this conclusion inform your policy recommendations? Not what you think people should *know*, but what you think policy makers should *do*
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Western civilization can spend the next decade ( if we last that long )
Trying to contain and defeat the Jihadist forces of Islam.
We can keep struggling in the quest for the Democratization of Islamic states which we already did and failed at after investing billions in money and blood.
We can try to strengthen the so-called 'moderate branches of Islam, if there is one. They're either being cowed Into silence or winking and nodding to their Islamist brothers.
We can continue to use drones and special forces and police actions but so far That hasn't been effective. The violent Jihadists reproduce faster than we can neutralize them.
We can try making nice with the organizations of 'Soft-Jihadists' who advance Sharia and Jihad through usually peaceful and legal
Means (like the Muslim Brotherhood Obama's been backing for
The last six years) but that backfired.
The problem of violent Islamic Jihad is more widespread and virulent today than it was even at the height of its glory days when Hordes of Jihadists Advanced on Spain and other parts of Europe, something happening again even at this moment. For Over 1400 years of Jihadist violence, of murder and enslavement, forced conversions, and abuse Of women and children ...and yet still In this modern day and age Islam remains more a retro-sixth century ideology of bloody conquest than anything resembling a religion of peace and harmony.
The world can't wait for this backward cult of Muhammad to somehow 'reform' itself.
Not when nuclear and chemical weapons of Jihad very soon will be within the reach Of religious psychopaths and end-of-days fanatics who yearn for martyrdom.
When a beehive is burnt the surviving bees are disoriented
And dispersed. Certainly there are many angry bees initially but then they lose their ability to sting and just Disappear and scatter into the countryside and soon die.
There's a lesson in this. The hive is in Mecca. It's called the
Kaaba. Or we can continue getting stung for the rest of history!


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I got the impression today that Obambus doesn't like ISIL so much. So now how about Hamas, hmm?
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The two Hamas jihadis mentioned in your article couldn't have been killed by Israelis. According to media reports only innocent civilians were killed.
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Some time ago I recall reading about a Palestinian mother whose young son had been killed while on a jihadist mission. The mother was very angry with the local Hamas group. Her anger was because Hamas recruited him at such a young age, she said they should have waited until he was at least 18 or older.
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They are here and we do nothing about it. The one peaceful option every citizen has is where do we spend our money. We need to BOYCOTT every Muslim business in our towns and cities. Pass the word because this is something we must do now.
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We need also to remind ourselves openly over and over again that we've got Muslim 'cells' in the Cold War sense well established right here, right now inside our America. Falls Church, Virginia and Dearborn, Michigan are the most prominent, outside of New York City.

cf: "Anwar al-Awlaki killed: Mixed reaction at Falls Church mosque
www.wjla.com/.../anwar-al-awlaki-s-falls-church-mosque-wor...
WJLA‑TV
Sep 30, 2011 - Ezeldin Diab, of Washington, talks about Anwar al-Awlaki as he leaves morning prayers at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, ..."
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10 weeks ago
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The death embracing ideology sounds much like the Japanese fanatics of WWll. So what's next? A Banzai charge?
10 weeks ago
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No. A Mumbai scenario seems more likely.
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“God be praised,” she said. “We knew he was part of the resistance and we knew the day would come that he would die.”

It's hard to imagine a mother looking at her child and thinking something like that, but some of those moms are the most profoundly brainwashed.

I met a woman once, passing out literature in southern cal. to convince we the infidels that Islam is a religion of peace, and she categorically denied that slaughter was taking place on a near daily basis in the name of her religion.
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Not that hard to imagine.

Only two people matter in Islam. One died in the 7th Century (Muhammad himself), and the other one never existed in the first place (The al-Mahdi, the "12th Imam").
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I have been reading the Koran. It is chock full of "Allah be praised" framed in hostility, hatred, and paranoia. It is not great literature, history, or theology; it is psychopathy. The Koran namedrops the greatest personages of the Holy Bible, but one will not learn much, if anything, about those personages by reading about them in the Koran. We, civilized men and women, should not cow or abase ourselves to Islam. Islam is not a force for good.
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