Three years ago today, we were treated to this headline from an AP report at Yahoo! News:
"Hamas Struggles to Gain World's Acceptance"
As I wrote at the time, the headline was incomplete. The rest of the headline should have read:
". . . of Terrorism"
So how is Hamas doing so far? As it seeks out the world's "acceptance," has it done anything worthy of acceptance?
Let's see, Hamas has . . .
. . . continued to indoctrinate children into its cult of hate and murder.
. . . and successfully played the victim when Israel finally responded by invading the Gaza strip . . .
So, how is Hamas doing in it's "struggle"?
Overall, I'm sorry to say that Hamas indeed seems to be gaining the world's acceptance of its terrorism. At least, if one were to judge by the headlines that run in the mainstream media, the global community has concluded that Israel is the aggressor and Palestinians the victims.
Indeed, the world seems to have gone mad when it comes to the Middle East -- shifting from the false moral equivalency of the last 40 years to a new paradigm of siding with the terrorists against Israel. It is an upside-down world in which deliberately targeting non-combatant men, women and children for death is treated as if it were mildly impolite, while responding to such lethal attacks with lethal force against military targets with every effort to avoid harm to civilians is considered deeply evil.
Hamas is but the tip of the spear. Israel is but the current target. The jihad continues around the globe. It should be an obvious thing, if not an easy thing, for the civilized nations of the world to unite and turn back this malevolent wave of destruction.
Under former president George W. Bush, America and its allies took a step in that direction by establishing new democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq. The elections in Iraq today are a testament to that achievement. But if the scourge of Islamic terror is to be ultimately defeated, that chapter of history remains to be written. At the rate things are going, it may be a very long wait.
Update: More evidence that it will be a very long wait indeed: Hamas says Tony Blair is "stupid" for asking Palestinians to recognize Israel and renounce violence.