While enjoying the usual (hopefully) jihadist-pissing-off Friday totty, please peruse Andrew C. McCarthy’s Inside Hamas: How to Understand the Global Jihadist Threat. Excerpt:
In-depth reporting by the Wall Street Journal’s Nicholas Casey and Adam Entous takes us inside Gaza, into the minds, indoctrination and support system of Hamas. The report is here (but behind the paper’s subscriber wall).
It will be a tough one to refute for the willful blindness crowd – i.e., the bipartisan Beltway ruling class and its cooperative mainstream media – who insist that Islam is innately a religion of peace. The report illuminates the reality that Islamic study is the basic pathway to jihadist militancy and that, for members of Hamas, the jihad against Israel is not a parochial political affair but part and parcel of a global ideological movement that is very much driven by a perception of divine directive.
To observe what Hamas members and their supporters believe, and to learn that even non-adherents of Hamas respect the organization’s tenets as an entirely legitimate construction of Islam, is to elucidate the stubborn stupidity of the claim that “true” Islam is unconnected to terrorism committed by Muslims – and that we should regard such Muslims as irrational “violent extremists” rather than jihadists.
Of even more concern than Hamas, of course, are the utterly savage animals of the Islamic State (IS), who are currently rampaging across Mesopotamia and who only day ago beheaded an American reporter, and threatened to kill more if air raids on IS were not halted.
President Obama, in reply, stated that a group like IS has “no place in the 21st century” (he is correct; they would fit nicely in the 7th) but his response to IS has been, at best, tepid.
What is the proper response to a group like IS? Stonewall Jackson would have known; likewise George Patton. IS is fond of waving black flags, and either of the aforementioned American living weapons would have known that the proper reply is another black flag. No quarter, no mercy, no relent, no pity; hunt them down like animals and kill every last one of them.
Hamas is not really the opposite side of the coin from IS. They are more like the edge of the coin, leaning over a little bit towards the dark side. Hamas uses human shields; they hide rockets in schools and mosques, they target women and children. They are consummate cowards and should – must – be rooted out.
But the coin itself is Islam. Other religions, including Christianity, has had their own dark times in the past, but now, today, it is not Christians, Jews, Buddhists or Wiccans beheading reporters – it is inhuman monsters, and they are doing so in the name of Islam. It’s past time to call this particular spade a fucking shovel.
Islam faces two choices: Reform, renounce violence, root out the radicals in their midst, embrace Western-style freedom of conscience – or face extinction. The rest of the world will not tolerate this behavior forever.