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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Reality Pays a Visit to "Palestine"

Just as surely as night follows day...

[Extracted in this blog]

WorldNetDaily: Hamas government to be new Taliban?, by Aaron Klein.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Terrorists plant group's flag on parliament, declare beginning of hard-line Islamic rule

Posted: January 26, 2006
2:11 p.m. Eastern

© 2006

JERUSALEM – Moments after official election results this afternoon certified a large Hamas victory in Palestinian ballots, members of the terror group planted their green flags on the main parliament building in Ramallah, with some Hamas gunmen declaring hard-line Islamic law will soon be imposed in the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian security sources in the area told WorldNetDaily.

"The Hamas members were dancing with their flags, and they announced Sharia law will soon rule in the Palestinian territories," said a source. Today's clashes were the latest in a series of reports indicating Hamas is seeking to impose Taliban-like Islamic rule on the Palestinians.

A Hamas-run council in the West Bank recently barred an open-air music and dance festival, declaring it was against Islam. "This is not acceptable," festival head Eman Hamouri told reporters at the time, accusing Hamas of trying to force its values on others. "We condemn this and we have sought the help of the Palestinian parliament to discuss this serious issue."

In response to the incident, al-Zahar told WND: "I hardly understand the point of view of the West concerning these issues. The West brought all this freedom to its people but it is that freedom that has brought about the death of morality in the West. It's what led to phenomena like homosexuality, homeless and AIDS."

Israeli officials say Hamas in the Gaza Strip has established hard-line Islamic courts and created the Hamas Anti-Corruption Group, which is described as a kind of "morality police" operating within Hamas' organization.

Hamas has denied the existence of the anti-corruption group, but the group recently carried out a high-profile "honor killing" widely covered by the Palestinian media.

Erlich compared Hamas' governing intentions to the rules imposed by the Taliban until it was ousted from leadership in Afghanistan following the United States-led invasion in 2001. The Taliban reportedly used "morality police" to enforce Islamic extremist laws, including the public stoning of suspected adulterers, cutting off the arms of thieves, banning education and work for females, and the imposing of harsh sentences for those in possession of "disgraceful material," such as Western music or books.

Asked if he will impose similar Islamic law on the Palestinians once his group assumes power, Hamas chief al-Zahar told WND: "The Palestinian people are Muslim people and we do not need to impose anything on our people because they are already committed to their faith and religion. People are free to choose their way of life, their way of dress and behavior."

Al-Zahar said his terror group, which demands strict dress codes for females, respects women's rights. "It is wrong to think that in our Islamic society there is a lack of rights for women. Women enjoy their rights. What we have, unlike the West, is that young women cannot be with men and have relations outside marriage. Sometimes with tens of men. This causes the destruction of the family institution and the fact that many kids come to the world without knowing who are their fathers or who are their mothers. This is not a modern and progressed society," al-Zahar explained.

The terror chieftain told WND the West can learn from his group's Islamic values. "Here I refer to what was said in the early '90s by Britain's Prince Charles at Oxford University. He spoke about Islam and its important role in morality and culture. He said that the West must learn from Islam how to bring up children properly and to teach them the right values."

Yudit Barsky, director of the division on Middle East and International Terrorism at the American Jewish Committee, ... said, "The Palestinians are falling for the same trick the Taliban pulled in Afghanistan. Hamas has set itself up as the non-corrupt alternative to the PA. It provides important social services the Palestinian population enjoys. Once Hamas gains control, it will pull the rug out and impose the same harsh lifestyle as the Taliban. The Palestinians clearly have not learned the lessons of the Taliban's rise to power."

Now, who said you can trust Islamists? Well, you can trust Islamists--to be Islamists. And, don't forget, you can always trust an Islamist ONCE!

A is still A, and reality always wins in the end!


  • At Thu Jan 26, 07:27:00 PM PST, Blogger Jason_Pappas said…

    Apparently A is not A for many of our politicians. Already they are talking about how Hamas should just act differently. That one’s character has any bearing on one’s actions, seems not to occur to some people. That decades of cultivating and constructing a fundamentalist mindset and disposition matters little … to politicians who say “but they’ll have to do things differently now” as if one would shed one’s deep beliefs and ingrained habits of character and become Thomas Jefferson … when asked!!!

    One doesn’t marry an axe murderer in the hopes of later changing him into someone completely different. Yet, politicians propose such a marriage for Israel. After all, Hamas leaders can just behave logically … when asked!

    Good to see one corner of the blogosphere were it's still understood that A is A.

  • At Fri Jan 27, 08:30:00 AM PST, Blogger George Mason said…


    Your comments reminded me of the story of the frog and the scorpion, which I will repeat briefly for anyone who might not know it. A scorpion asked the frog to transport him to the opposite stream bank, but the frog feared being stung and killed. The scorpion reassured him that he would act differently. On the way over, the scorpion fatally stung the frog. The frog asked him why, and he said that this is his nature as a scorpion.

    Obviously it is not in the nature of current American politicians to act differently, to emulate Thomas Jefferson. Like Al Gore seeing Jefferson's portrait at Monticello, they ask, "Who is that?"


  • At Fri Jan 27, 11:52:00 AM PST, Blogger Duffy Nichols said…

    The final answer in the story is "Because I am a scorpion," or so that is how I have heard it said. The slight difference is relevant because the scorpion actually doesn't even know his nature enough to think of it as his "nature." Sorry for quibbling, but it makes the story even better, and more apt.

  • At Sat Jan 28, 06:44:00 AM PST, Blogger Jason_Pappas said…

    Yes, I'm finding it amazing that today (Sat.) people are looking for ways to view Hamas differently.

    Self-deception knows no bounds. Actually 90% consists in spin. There's an interesting 10% that goes like this: "What has changed? We knew that Fatah was pro-terrorist and we supported them. Why can't we support Hamas?" In other words, when lying and self-deception doesn't work, switch to the line that we know the truth all along and accepted it.

    This is like the guy who leaves a hundred dollar bill on his "girl friend's" counter every night but one day tries to write a check and she says "what do you think I am?" He has the choice to say "you knew all along, or sorry I'll bring the cash tomorrow." "That's better," she says when he takes the second choice.

  • At Sat Jan 28, 06:48:00 AM PST, Blogger Jason_Pappas said…

    The scorpion story was good ... and I like "by nature" ...

    Check out the parody at Gates of Vienna.

  • At Sat Jan 28, 07:44:00 PM PST, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    While I'm not surprised by Hamas's victory at the polls, I am absolutely dumbfounded--and depressed--by the Pollyanna reactions.

    Hamas is what it is. Read the charter!


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