Hamas is a totally credible partner for peace.
Everybody (except Israel) wants peace, freedom and democracy for all.
Herr Hitler wrote Mein Kamph and many took it lightly; we were privileged to experience the pleasures of World War II. The Koran has some really cool, funny stuff as well; many take it lightly so that we may eventually experience similar joys. Fun loving folk just love to joke around and rather than be prudes we should all try to understand their subtle humor; it's a mark of high intelligence.
In view of the many precedents in favor of tolerance and good humor, it is necessary that we accept what Hamas says about Israel and peace as having been made in the spirit of good fun.
As all right left thinking people in our brave new multicultural world know, everyone (except Israelis) wants peace, freedom and democracy; there are only petty, easily resolved, simple misunderstandings about how to achieve them.
Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Zahar on Wednesday told the Maan news agency Hamas would never recognize Israel.
Saying Hamas would accept a PA state based on the "1967 borders," Zahar made it clear a peace accord would only serve as a prelude to Israel's destruction.
Zahar, who has served as Hamas' foreign minister in Gaza since 2006, said Hamas would not recognize Israel because doing so would "cancel the right of the next generation to liberate the land."
"If the Palestinian state does not encompass all of Israel the next generation will liberate the land," Zahar said.
Hamas will be such an incredible partner for peace with Israel that the process may eventually become a musical comedy.
Clearly, Minister Zahar was joking -- maybe even auditioning for a gig at Saturday Night Live. This was no less true of Herr Hitler, also well known for his subtle humor, when he wrote,
One thing is certain: our world is facing a great revolution. The only question is whether the outcome will be propitious for the Aryan portion of mankind or whether the everlasting Jew will profit by it.
By educating the young generation along the right lines, the People's State will have to see to it that a generation of mankind is formed which will be adequate to this supreme combat that will decide the destinies of the world.
And, of course, Herr Hitler was also merely being funny when he wrote,
[T]he Jew is always spreading falsehood and that if he tells the truth on some occasions it is only for the purpose of masking some greater deceit, which turns the apparent truth into a deliberate falsehood. The Jew is the Great Master of Lies. Falsehood and duplicity are the weapons with which he fights.
The NAZI concentration camps of World War II (which of course did not exist), where arbeit macht frei, were world class vacation spas much enjoyed by countless Jews and others. The privileges of being there were great, not in the least because accelerated learning and enlightenment were available for all without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.
We must understand the subtle humor of those who joke that they want to eliminate Israel; they merely yearn for peace -- change they can believe in. A Palestinian state is a necessary first step to that end. For us even to consider other possibilities would be unenlightened.
Had President Obama not insisted on the 1967 borders as the starting point for negotiations concerning a much needed free, democratic and prosperous State of Palestine, he would have neglected his duties as the acknowledged leader of the free world. He would never, ever do that. His liberal understanding of history is legendary and he must never yield to the petty ignorance of a crass, non-pragmatic politician such as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who knows nothing about the situations in Israel and Palestine. How dare he or anyone else presume to lecture our great, dear young leader!