The dubious reconciliation pact that has been signed between Fatah and Hamas, the latter purporting to be the governmental authority in the Gaza Strip whilst simultaneously carrying out acts of terrorism against Israel, is another step back in the road to an independent Palestinian state.
As James Kirchick writes in Hareetz, the “useful idiots” supporting this reunification genuinely consider themselves friends of the Palestinian cause, but are unable to detect their cognitively dissonant support for a paramilitary organization that decried the death of mass murderer Osama bin Laden.
As Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told media this week, “we condemn the assassination…of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”
Bin Laden was a deranged, psychotic cult leader who carried out an act widely considered to be amongst the most heinously evil in contemporary human history. That he represented the idealistic image of a holy warrior for Palestine tells you all you really need to know about Hamas, or the potential for peace with this group of ragged rage-filled radicals.
Hamas is everything that self-professed liberals should be “prejudiced” toward: obscurantist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, warlike and rejectionist. It calls for the death of homosexuals and bans dancing.
This is the paradoxically perplexing thing about the left’s devotion to the Palestinian cause. Hamas, and other religiously inspired fanatics in the Arab world like them, represent everything anathema to liberal sensibility. Those who openly mourned bin Laden’s long overdue date with the afterlife deserve the harshest sort of condemnation from the liberal-left usually reserved only for evangelical Christians.
But, as we all know, that sort of outrage is meted out to nice safe targets like Rob Ford and Don Cherry, racists both. The same useful idiots who hyperbolize our new majority government as the beginning of a George Bush-style Americanization of our country are deafeningly silent when it comes to criticizing a people who launch rockets from children’s schools and use women as human meat shields.
via — Terry Glavin