Thursday, April 17, 2008

Obama: Hamas is a Terrorist Organization

From the April 16, 2008, Democratic presidential candidates debate Senator Barack Obama said:
“That’s why I have a fundamental difference with President Carter and disagree with his decision to meet with Hamas,” Obama said. “We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas if they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist and abide by past agreements.”

“Hamas is not a state. Hamas is a terrorist organization,” he said.
I believe that makes all three major presidential candidates unanimous in describing Hamas aa a terrorist organization.  Of course, it is stating the obvious, but there remain some Americans (especially American muslims) who remain blind to the facts.

Of course, Hamas will never meet Sen. Obama's preconditions for talks.  Not unless they amend their charter.

Update:  This blog has not gotten many commenters, but be sure to read the comment of Mahmoud El-Yousseph who is a USAF veteran, a Muslim, and an outspoken opponent of US support for Israel.  Mahmoud and I disagree on much, but he is passionate in his views and deserves a reasoned response to his arguments, whether agreeing or disagreeing.


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mahmoud el-yousseph said...

The U.S. needs to talk to Hamas

By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
March 18, 2008

Newsflash: Carter denied permission into Gaza by Israel! The former U.S. president is currently on a peace mission in the Middle East as the head of Carter Center for Peace and not as a U.S. official. His mission were to include various countries in the region to discuss: truce, prisoners exchange, the siege of Gaza, and reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Other high-profile international figures including the prime minister of New Zealand, former South African president Nelson Mendela, and the former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Anan were to join Mr. Carter on his mission.

Carter's mission could have created unprecedented opportunity for peace which must not be lost if this generation and future generations are to be spared the tragedies of war. The former president cares more about Israel than all 43 U.S. presidents. Thanks for his effort, Israel has signed peace treaty with Egypt in 1979 at Camp David. It was the first peace treaty with an Arab country. That is how Israel shows its gratitude! It is an outrage that our former president has been shunned by the country that we handout 3 billion dollars in aid every year, which comes from my and yours tax dollars. To me, as American tax payer, that is an affront and slap on the face. Carter was allowed however by Israel to only tour the towns of Sderot and Ashkelon and visit a local hospital.

It is amazing how the former president came under attack once the news of the trip was made public. Our Department of State and few members of our Israeli controlled Congress attacked the Mr. Carter and mocked his mission and the prime minister of Israel refused to meet with him. But the brave Carter refused to budge, even as the other members of the delegation canceled under outside pressures.

With rising tension in the Middle East, and our current president is a sitting duck unable to accomplish nothing, Jimmy Carter wanted to give peace a chance. Telling Carter to "butt off" is undignified and disgracefull. Those who attacked the former president have nothing better to offer, except write fancy speeches and look for photo ops and get free trips. Attempting to appease Israel and its powerfull lobby in the U.S. will only prolong conflict. Even Mahmoud Abbas, the subservient Palestinian president did not bother to meet our former president. Abbas has off course to obey the wishes of his Israeli master and those of other donor-countries.

So what is the big deal about Carter meeting Hamas leaders- the truly elected representative of the Palestinian people? Cater who himself monitored the Jan. 2006 Palestinian election in which Hamas scored a land slide victory,, has certified the election as, fair, clean, and transparent. Hamas is not an evil , the occupation is ! America was able to end the Vietnam war only after it sat down at the table in Paris Peace conference face to face with Vietnamese officials. Neither country at that time recognize the other.

What grinds my gears is: president Bush has ordered Eygpt to negotiate a truce between Hamas and Israel, but when our former president does the very same thing, everyone start jumping up and down! Please, someone explain this to me?

Lets face it, in the last 8 years, only 15 Israelis were killed to due to the rockets attack from Gaza. By contrast Israel has killed during the same time frame 3000 Palestinian in Gaza alone. Israel's history of violating the human rights of Palestinians long predates these rockets attacks.

Here is a short list of these violations which all constitutes war crimes by Israel:

* The strangling and inhumane siege of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza.
* The continued detention of 11,000 Palestinians with no charges, no trial.
* Subjecting West Bank Palestinians to daily humiliation at 580 Check points.
* Land theft to be used for new settlement or building the "Separation wall."
* Using Palestinian men and children as a human-shield
* Targeted assassination, where Israel acts as a judge, jury, and prosecutor.

* Uprooting 700,000 olive trees by Israeli army and extremist settlers.

*kidnapping detainee relatives and threatening to rape, their mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters by interrogator in order to obtain a confession. This has been documented by Israeli and Palestinian human right groups, admitted by Israeli security service, and reported by Israeli daily Haaretz. You will not be able to read this in main stream news media, because once the siege of Gaza began and Israel turned off the light, US media started the news blackout.

Why put all the blame and the pressure on the Palestinian and and bend backward to protect and shield Israel? Who articulates our foreign policy in the Middle East ? Is it drafted in Tel Aviv or in Washington? It does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out, our Mid. East policy is held hotage by the powerfull pro Israeli lobby in the U.S. Many US public officails act as if Israel's crab doe not smell.That is the sad truth. No wonder why America's image abroad has been tarnished. Our policy need to be reexamined, and it is time for new and fresh approach.

If America wanted to be an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians, it should talk to both sides and not favor one over the other. With such a policy and an attitude by our government, a genuine peace will never see the day light.

A lasting peace will only be reached when the occupation ends and the settlements dismantled, the siege of Gaza lifted, targeted assassination stopped, Palestinian prisoners free , showering rockets at Sderot and Ashkelon quit, and yes, captive Israeli soldier free. All of this could only be accomplished through negotiation, to which courageous Carter is an expert at. Once again, Israel blew another chance for peace. And yes, the US needs to talk to Hamas.

Mahmoud El-Yousseph
USAF Retired Veteran
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