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Ron Radosh

What Hamas Believes, and Why It Must Be Delegitimized and Fought

August 3rd, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Once Israel destroys all the tunnels it can find dug by Hamas and withdraws its troops, demands will again be made on Prime Minister Netanyahu to agree to sit down with Hamas and work out a lasting cease-fire as well as a peace agreement. We know that as of today, Hamas’ leadership has said any such agreement must include the complete opening up of the borders on all sides of Gaza, and a lifting of the blockade imposed by Israel. Hamas’ leadership has made it most clear that they will not agree to any arrangement that does not satisfy all of their demands.

Why does Hamas make it crystal clear that it will not accept any real peace that does not give it what it desires? What else does Hamas want and why is it so determined to destroy Israel? What ideology do its leaders and members subscribe to? These are the questions most of the media fail to ask.

Today, in a pathbreaking and revealing interview, Nic Robertson of CNN sat down in Qatar — Hamas’ protector — with Hamas’ political leader, Khaled Mashaal. Robertson did not mince words, and asked Mashaal the tough questions he obviously did not expect.

Both the Israeli and American narrative, Mashaal said, was a “lie.” Hamas’ leader actually said with a straight face that Hamas did not fire rockets from schools, mosques and other populated areas, and never put the people of Gaza in harm’s way. Israeli rockets, he said, were purposefully aimed at civilian inhabitants. Moreover, he continued to claim that the thousands killed in Gaza by Israel’s forces, when compared to the relatively few Israeli deaths, is proof enough that it is Israel alone that was guilty of intentionally killing civilian non-combatants.

Robertson stood out from all his media counterparts in not letting Mashaal get away with such drivel. He pointed out that if there were not as many Israeli casualties, it was not for the lack of Hamas trying. The “Iron Dome” has saved Israeli lives, and Hamas seeks to fire so many rockets in the hope that some will get by Iron Dome’s capabilities and explode in civilian areas.

Mashaal told Robertson the following:

We are stronger than they are in the justness of our cause. We are the rightful owners of the land, and they are the thieves of the land. We are the victims and they are the murderers. But despite this we might not win a battle or two completely, but at the end we will win the war. Our steadfastness is a victory. To kill their soldiers while they kill our civilians is also a victory for the Palestinian cause and Hamas.

To understand what Hamas is all about, one has to turn to historian Jeffrey Herf’s important article about the organization. Based on a close reading of the Hamas charter, Herf shows that its aims and its ideology and philosophy are “rooted in the totalitarianism and radical anti-Semitism that has undergirded Islamism since its rise in the 1930s and 1940s.”  This truth, he correctly writes, is one “unnoticed by reporters, editors, and pundits who race to comment on Hamas’ war with Israel.”

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Anti-semitic yes. Also anti-Christian. The only religion they don't malign is Islam. That is for one one reason. They are afraid of the personal consequences. Scratch a " progressive" and find a coward.
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Uh no, the obvious I realize is very very difficult to see. It's because progressives are anti-Semitic, that's why they support Hamas.

Sigh.
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sigh. They don't believe he is on the side of Hamas, they don't know he is on the side of Hamas. How could they know, since they rely on the lying MSM, they don't have a clue.
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With the coming of Islamic jihad, we are seeing the greatest evil to confront the world since Hitler and the Nazis, took over Germany. One only has to watch the videos, of the jihadis, executing captured soldiers, muslims of another sect, and the beheading of Alan Berg to see the truth. Watch the islamic executioners walking down the line of prisoners, shooting them one at a time with AK47s, and then walking back and forth several times, shooting anyone who even twitches to indicate they might still be alive. Watch the video of the jihadis, with a line of "apostates", shooting each one in the head with a pistol, and then casting the body into a river.
We are witnessing unprecedented evil, and the world MUST confront and defeat that evil.
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Greetings:

Hamas, Shamas !!! Islam is the millstone. It is nothing more than the globalization of 7th Century A.D. (if I may) predatory Arab tribal culture with a thin veneer of religion. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.

Over the last 50 or so years, the USofA has been engaged in a program to constrain, undermine, and/or eradicate (white) racism. Something similar is necessary in regard to Islam if we are to put those genies back into some kind of bottle. Allowing their claims of victimhood is analogous to allowing such claims for today's Ku Klux Klan.
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Greetings:

Hamas, Shamas !!! Islam is the millstone. It is nothing more than 7th Century A.D. (if I may) predatory Arab tribal culture with a thin veneer of religion. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.

Over the last 50 or so years, the USofA has been engaged in a program to constrain, undermine, and/or eradicate (white) racism. Something similar is necessary in regard to Islam if we are to put those genies back into some kind of bottle. Allowing their claims of victimhood is analogous to allowing such claims for today's Ku Klux Klan.
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"Anyone who believes Hamas’ claim that all religions would live peacefully on an equal basis under Islamist rule are more than naïve; they are deluded."

And not just Hamas. I have been having an intense discussion with some libertarians who believe that Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad should have been left alone because Christians were "protected" under them, even though both were/are cutthroat killers.
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Saddam Hussein's Vice President, Tariq Aziz, is a Christian. I don't know if Saddam actually protected the broader Christian community in Iraq though. Raymond Ibrahim seems the "go to" guy for that kind of question.

Please note that I'm not trying to stick up for Saddam in any major way. He and his sons and his clique were vicious tyrants and I think the world is a better place wiithout them in it.
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"Anyone who believes Hamas’ claim that all religions would live peacefully on an equal basis under Islamist rule are more than naïve; they are deluded. " ... how about Evil?
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Didn't expect Radosh to actually get to the bottom of it and he doesn't. The anti-Semitism in Islamism (as opposed to Islam I suppose) from the early twentieth-century??!! What a whitewash. The Hamas charter calls for the killing of all Jews everywhere (Radosh can't be bothered to quote the relevant parts), and that comes from Hadith which dates to the 8th and 9th centuries AD.

Muslims have been murderously anti-Semitic (and not just anti-Semitic) since the very birth of Islam. There are records of pogroms against Jews by Muslims over the centuries, Middle Ages and later, long before the twentieth century. Muhammed himself had the Jews massacred at the Khaybar, hence the Jew-hatred. This anti-Semitic blather about Jews being descended from pigs and apes is there in at least 3 Koranic verses.

So Radosh either refuses to face up to this or he just whitewashes the anti-Semitism intrinsic to Islam and its very prophet/founder. Because that's where Hamas's anti-Semitism comes from (as opposed to the anti-Semitism of Fatah, Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, Syria, Hamas's parent organisation Muslim Brotherhood etc. which comes from some other esoteric source I suppose). So which is it? A stubborn refusal to face facts or a deliberate whitewash? And why?

No I don't expect an answer from Radosh. Not a reasonable one at any rate.
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One step at a time friends. I think Ron is doing important work here.

If the American public does not even understand what Hamas is about, when it is so plainly obvious, you cannot reasonably expect them to understand the entirety of Islam.

Most people I talk to shut down if you try to suggest that problems/evils are widespread. They get visibly uncomfortable, and then quickly I can actually see their eyes glaze over. It is too upsetting for them to comprehend. So they choose to refuse to comprehend.

Therefore you go for the low hanging fruit first. Point out the small groups, the ones who are obvious and for whom it is difficult to deny their evil intent. Once that is done, the listeners become open to connecting more of the dots later down the line.
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"The Hamas charter calls for the killing of all Jews everywhere (Radosh can't be bothered to quote the relevant parts)..."

This seems to be a pattern for him. He does the same in a review of "American Betrayal", a stunning book by Diana West.
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What's puzzling to me is why so many Jews in America support Obama if they believe he is on the side of Hamas.
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sigh. They don't believe he is on the side of Hamas, they don't know he is on the side of Hamas. How could they know, since they rely on the lying MSM, they don't have a clue.
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There's no delusion like self-delusion.
They refuse to have a clue.
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Even though Hamas has thrown off the Soviet faux-anti-colonialism, I suspect a lot of the sympathy for them among progressives is due to a deeply ingrained anti-colonialist belief/emotion system.
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Uh no, the obvious I realize is very very difficult to see. It's because progressives are anti-Semitic, that's why they support Hamas.

Sigh.
25 weeks ago
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Anti-semitic yes. Also anti-Christian. The only religion they don't malign is Islam. That is for one one reason. They are afraid of the personal consequences. Scratch a " progressive" and find a coward.
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What Hamas believes is what's in the Koran and in doing what Mohammad would want them to do. They are very good at being Muslims. Not as good as ISIS, but still very good at being Muslims.

He [that would be Muhammad, the founder of Islam and all Muslim's "Perfect Man"] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion [that would be Islam, not "Islamism", nor "Radical Islam", nor 'Islamists" nor "Islamofascism", nor "Hijacked Islam", but ISLAM!, ISLAM!!, ISLAM!!!], against all the rest of mankind. - John Quincy Adams
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Once you know what Hamas stands for...

Does anyone not? It's hard to believe that Western supporters do not know so the question becomes why they remain supporters despite knowing.
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