By Joseph Klein:
“Understanding Hamas/Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the left, that are part of a global left, is extremely important,“ proclaimed leftist Columbia University visiting professor Judith Butler, who is also an executive member of the Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace in the United States and The Jenin Theatre in Palestine. Then, in a disclaimer so typical of the leftist apologists for terrorist organizations cloaked as “resistance fighters,” Professor Butler assured us that she does not favor violence.
Hezbollah and Hamas, like all terrorist organizations, are defined by the violence they regularly commit against innocent civilians. Both have called for the destruction of Israel by any means necessary. Not only do they aim rockets and arm suicide bombers to deliberately target women and children. They use their own women and children as human shields and human bombs. Indeed, they glorify the “martyrdom” of young girls.
For example, here is an excerpt from an Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) phone interview broadcast on January 22, 2010 on Hamas TV kids’ program, Tomorrow’s Pioneers:
Host to girl on phone: “How was it for you during the [Gaza] war ? Were you afraid that you would die, that you would leave this world?”
Girl: “No. I wasn’t afraid. I wished for Shahada (Martyrdom) — Shahada for Allah.”
Host: “How wonderful. Even this little girl – how old are you?”
Host: “[She] is not more than ten years old, and wants to die as a Shahida (Martyr) for Allah. We all wish for this [Shahada].”
Is this really what self-declared feminists such as Judith Butler wish for little Palestinian girls? To die violently as a “martyr” reciting a memorized script? No, she would likely say, but she would nevertheless insist that Hamas and Hezbollah are still worth supporting for their non-violent “political” and “charitable” activities.
In reality, their “political” and “charitable” arms feed their militant operations, much as tumor blood vessels bring the nutrients to cancer cells that those cells need to grow. They are all part of one indivisible whole. But leftists like Butler pretend that such “anti-imperialist” groups, as they call them, can compartmentalize their “progressive” deeds from their armed activities.
Hezbollah Secretary General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah demonstrated what his organization is really all about when he proclaimed on the last day of the twentieth century that “we will write our history with blood.” He was aiming his remarks against Israelis, whom he promised “will see more suicide attacks.” But his hatred is not reserved just for Israel.
During a February, 2006 speech he led a crowd in chants, “America, America you are the Great Satan … America, America, the enemy of the Muslims.” At the time, he was hosting radical professor Noam Chomsky, a great admirer of Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations and reviler of his home country, the United States. And, going further than Butler, Chomsky said that he had no problem supporting Hezbollah’s use of arms. After all, he rationalized, they were fighting “imperialistic forces.” Lebanese observers who heard Chomsky’s unequivocal support for Hezbollah were not impressed. One such observer, quoted in the Lebanese weblog Ya Libnan, said: “Chomsky needs to live here for a while to understand what happened during the past 30 years and why most Lebanese are against the Hezbollah arms.”
Chomsky and his comrades on the Left couldn’t care less what happens to real people as a result of the actions of terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Any group that hates the “Great Satan” has got to be alright for the Chomskyites, who meanwhile seek comfort and security in the land they so glibly condemn.
Such willful moral inversion is not confined to academia, of course. For example, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Gaza flotilla spokesman Edward Peck said after meeting with a group of Hamas leaders, including Hamas’s leader, Khaled Mashaal: “These guys were entirely rational.” Peck added that he found Mashaal to be “moderate in many senses.”
Mashaal projects a moderate image to Westerners when it serves Hamas’s interests, much as its parent the Muslim Brotherhood does. But it is all taqiyya – a bunch of lies – meant to deceive the gullible like Peck.
For example, in interviews with Western journalists, Mashaal said that Hamas would be open to a long-term hudna (truce) with Israel so long as Israel ended its occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, and agreed to the right of return of millions of Palestinians living in refugee camps or exile.
“We are ready to resort to a peaceful way, purely peaceful way without blood and weapons, as long as we obtain our Palestinian demands,” Mashaal told CNN in an interview last November. In other words, if Israel concedes away its Jewish identity and capitulates to all of the Palestinian jihadists’ demands, there need not be any bloodshed. But only a month later, emerging from a door built into a large-scale model of a rocket fired at Israel, Mashaal whipped up the masses in Gaza celebrating Hamas’s 25th anniversary: “We are not giving up any inch of Palestine. It will remain Islamic and Arab for us and nobody else. Jihad and armed resistance is the only way. We cannot recognize Israel’s legitimacy.”
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