Little Green Footballs

Friday, January 27, 2006

Ultimate Blowback

Here's something certain right-wing bloggers won't mention while whining about the democratic election of terrorist supporting Hamas in Palestine.

Amid all the howls of pain and gnashing of teeth over the triumph of Hamas in the Palestinian elections, one fact remains relatively obscure, albeit highly relevant: Israel did much to launch Hamas as an effective force in the occupied territories. If ever there was a clear case of "blowback," then this is it. As Richard Sale pointed out in a piece for UPI:

"Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years. Israel 'aided Hamas directly – the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),' said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic [and International] Studies. Israel's support for Hamas 'was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,' said a former senior CIA official."

Middle East analyst Ray Hanania concurs:

"In addition to hoping to turn the Palestinian masses away from Arafat and the PLO, the Likud leadership believed they could achieve a workable alliance with Islamic, anti-Arafat forces that would also extend Israel's control over the occupied territories."

In a conscious effort to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization and the leadership of Yasser Arafat, in 1978 the government of then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin approved the application of Sheik Ahmad Yassin to start a "humanitarian" organization known as the Islamic Association, or Mujama. The roots of this Islamist group were in the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, and this was the seed that eventually grew into Hamas – but not before it was amply fertilized and nurtured with Israeli funding and political support.

Read it all here: Hamas, Son of Israel- by Justin Raimondo


X said...

Kind of reminds you of the efforts of our friends at the CIA in Afghanistan in the 1980s. A certain Osama bin Laden featured heavily there...

adultmalebluegrouse said...

..and dont forget Sadman Insane. Remember the support he got?

Reap the whirlwind baby.

moonbat monitor said...

if they are the son of Israel, they're the dysfunctional one that ended up in the clink.

also just wondering, since it was a legitimate and Hamas will be in charge, do you think Israel will declare war on them if attacked by Hamas?

Could get uglier I mean.

Johnny Mainstream said...

Hmmm..."Mujamas Media," anyone?

Winston Smith said...

Pahamas Media?