June 14, 2003
Fleischer—Hamas acceptable target

Stefan Sharansky, fellow Seattleite, posted this absolutely astonishing exchange between White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and a reporter from Thursday. He declines to condemn Israel's attacks on Hamas leaders, and in fact tacitly supports them.

It's about damn time. Hamas is a huge threat to peace in the region; they are the primary reason that Arafat refused to the agreement set out by Ehud Barak three years ago. Destroying Hamas is in the best interest of the Palestinian Authority in any case; once the independent state of Palestine is created, there will be a civil war between secular agencies such as the PA, and Islamic fundamentalist groups like Hamas and (the much smaller) Islamic Jihad. Taking out Hamas now eliminates the PA's largest rival, as well as Israel's greatest threat.

posted on June 14, 2003 03:33 PM


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