Friday, November 16, 2007

Open Letter to Mahmoud El-Yousseph

Reference: Your support of Hezbollah as Reported Here and Here.

Dear Mr. El-Yousseph

I do not believe that you INTEND to be disloyal to the United States. You have vigorously and often proclaimed your allegiance, you served in the country's military, and your son is serving now. I concede your sincerity.

But here is my problem. Your apparently sincere loyalty to the United States is in direct contradiction to your support for Hezbollah. Hezbollah has declared its enmity with the United States. Hezbollah has attacked and terrorized United States civilians and military several times.

I understand that you disagree with the policies of the United States in the Middle East. That is your right. You have the right to voice that objection, demonstrate, write your Congressman, write letters to the editor, and whatever. But whatever you preferred policies in the Middle East, any support for Hezbollah as an organization (or Hamas for that matter) is necessarily disloyal to the United States, because Hezbollah has declared itself an enemy and has acted upon that declaration.

You may loyally support the ultimate goals of the likes of Hezbollah and loyally oppose and seek to change the United States goals in the Middle East. But supporting an enemy organization is quite a different thing. Supporting an enemy is disloyal. I cannot se it any other way.

You may feel free to respond. If you do, I will publish your response.

[Mr. El Youssef's defense to his support for Hezbollah has so far been to threaten legal action against those who point it out, specifically Patrick Poole. See here. The above open letter is an attempt to generate reasoned discussion.]

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