In a very long post recently, Atboth wrote about the background to the Syrian involvement with Hamas and Iran. He gave the impression that Hamas' reliance on Syria and Iran is unique.
See this post:
"For Arab regimes, the main plus-point of Hamas is that it is not the PLO, not Fatah. While little positive can actually be said about Arafat, all agree that whatever corruption existed in his network during his life, it existed only by toleration, NOT by the express design of outsiders seeking to harness so potent a terror organization for their own ends.If Fatah did on occasion commit crimes on behalf of the Arab regimes, it did so on its own terms, and strictly for concrete benefits in return.Hamas, on the other hand, represents an organization whose associates in places like Cairo, Damascus, Amman, and Baghdad, gratefully remember any assistance given. Consequently aid to Hamas in Gaza is repaid by Muslim Brotherhood quiescence (and even co-operation) elsewhere.Since the mid-1990s, Hamas has been headquartered in Damascus, and operational funds have been transferred by Syria to operatives in Israel. Weapons and materiel have been smuggled by Syrian agents to Hamas via Syria and Syrian-Lebanon, as well as at times through Jordan and other Arab countries.In return for Syrian patronage, Islamic radicals in Israel and elsewhere have softened their tone towards the Assad regime, no longer delivering denunciations and pronunciamentoes as they had during the eighties and nineties."
What Atboth overlooked is that it isn't just Hamas among the murderous Palestinian factions that revels in good relations with Iran and Hizbollah.
"Fuad Shubaki, one of Arafat’s closest aides, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by an Israeli military court for weapons’ smuggling. This is not a new issue and the details are what’s interesting. Shubaki, whose office was practically next to that of the PLO, Fatah and Palestinian Authority (PA) leader, financed the shipment of arms on the Karine-A cargo ship—including 50 tons of Katyusha rockets, ammunition, and explosives--which Israeli forces seized in 2002. Shubaki testified he was only carrying out (Arafat’s) orders.
Lessons of the Shubaki case:
--Arafat had forged close relations with the Islamist regime in Iran which was to supply the weapons, showing the cooperation between the Palestinian movement and the Iranians.
--The middle man in the deal was Hizballah special operations’ chief Imad Mugniyah, since assassinated. So Hizballah was brokering Iran-PA relations and the PA was working closely with a terrorist responsible for attacks on Americans and the deaths of U.S. soldiers."
"In recent weeks, several leading Fatah officials have spoken about the idea of turning toward an alliance with Iran against, among others, the United States.
Fatah is now moving into a more radical phase, with its designated next leader being more extreme than Arafat."
And that's not all!
Even more disturbing is that it isn't just murderous Palestinians involved with Iran and Syria either. Both Iran and Syria are heavily involved in continuing efforts to destabilize the fragile government of Iraq, and carve out spheres of influence there by means of terrorism.
"Syria is arming, helping, training, financing, and giving access across the border into Iraq for terrorists who are murdering Iraqi civilians and American soldiers or civilian workers."
"Baghdad just recalled its ambassador after two terrorists--Mohammad Younis al-Ahmed and Sattam Farhan--who it says are operating from within Syria just carried out bombings which killed more than 100 people. Syria is a dictatorship. Nothing happens inside its territory without government approval. A U.S. official told me that the bus taking terrorists from Damascus to the border left from a place that can be seen from the U.S. embassy there."
The unpleasant truth is that it isn't just Hamas and Hizbollah that perpetrate terrorism - Syria and Iran are actively engaged in it also. Not only in the territories and Lebanon, but also in Iraq. And, one has to assume elsewhere (as they have been in the past).
Iran and Syria have co-operated on so many things of a dubious nature, including atomic, that they must be seen as not only equal partners, equally evil, but so mutually involved as to be inseparable.
That being that case, by what peculiar logic is Iran a partner for dialogue? How does terrorism qualify the mullah-regime as worthy of negotiation?
I understand that the United States and Israel must at all costs project a wish to discuss and a desire to resolve problems by peaceful means. But nothing has changed in Iran, nor in Syria.
"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly!"
The situation has not been dealt with effectively for the past eight years, and has only gotten worse. There is NO POINT AT ALL in the Obama administration even trying to establish it's own record of failed peace attempts and Persian intransigence.
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