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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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April 14, 2014

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Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

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April 9, 2014

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Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

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Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

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Jewish World Review July 31, 2003 / 2 Menachem-Av, 5763


By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

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Email this article | Last week, Secretary of State Colin Powell did it again. He broke sharply with one of the central tenets of the Bush Administration's war on terrorism described, among other places, in the White House's National Strategy for Combating Terrorism published last February: "We must fight terrorist networks, and all those who support their efforts...using every instrument of national power- diplomatic, economic, law enforcement, financial, information, intelligence, and military."

On 24 July 2003, however, Secretary Powell struck at the moral clarity, to say nothing of the operational consequences, of that Bush stance when he made the following declaration with respect to the Islamic Resistance Movement -- a Palestinian group universally known as Hamas that has been listed for years by Mr. Powell's own department as a terrorist group: "If an organization that has a terrorist component to it, a terrorist wing to it, totally abandons that, gives it up and there is no question in anyone's mind that [terrorism] is part of its past, than that is a different organization."

Of course, this is hardly the first time that Secretary Powell has opened an ominous breach in the Administration's ranks. A particularly notorious example was his contention before the invasion of Iraq that U.S. policy requiring "regime change" would be satisfied if only Saddam Hussein's thug-ocracy gave up its weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Fortunately, this absurd notion did not prevail. Had it done so, the Coalition's inability to date to seize any of Iraq's WMD might reasonably have given rise to a demand that the U.S. now reverse the liberation of Iraq and reinstate a "changed" Saddam!

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Even though the folly of the get-out-of-jail-free card Mr. Powell once tried to provide the Iraqi dictator is today self-evident, the Secretary has nonetheless made a similar assertion with respect to Hamas: It would be considered "different" if just one troubling aspect of its behavior was altered.

This betrays a fundamental misreading of the character of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Like other Saudi-backed Islamist organizations, Hamas has long used educational, religious, medical and other social-support services to ingratiate itself with local populations and to proselytize a virulent brand of radical Islam most closely associated with the state religion of Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism.

For Hamas, the objective of their humanitarian activities, however, is identical to that of their terrorist cells: the destruction of the "infidel" West's outrider in the region, Israel, as part of a wider jihad (holy war) against non-believers globally.

Consequently, it is certainly naive, if not downright mendacious, to posit that Hamas would be made into an acceptable, constructive organization were it to get out of the terrorism business. Even if one believed the U.S. government would hold them to such a commitment -- and recent experience with the abandonment of presidential preconditions for the creation of a Palestinian state (notably, that a "new" leadership be elected and that it "dismantle" the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure) strongly suggests otherwise -- Hamas could not exist as a peaceable "political party." Except, that is, in the sort of environment it advocates: an Islamic "republic" governed by strict Sharia law.

Unfortunately, in the process of promoting this fiction, the United States is further eroding the already dim prospects for the so-called "Road map" for Mideast peace. If the new Powell doctrine takes root, it must be asked: At what point will Hamas be considered sufficiently "changed" to qualify along with Abbas as a "partner for peace"?

Given that American diplomacy, like water, tends to follow the path of least resistance it seems unlikely that that judgment will await the moment when all terrorism against Israel and its people has halted for a protracted period. More likely it will be deemed "good-enough-for-government-work" if Hamas stops taking credit for terrorist attacks. Or perhaps nothing more will be necessary than has been required of Abu Mazen, and Yasser Arafat before him: ritual and empty renunciations of terror, unaccompanied by concrete and visible steps that will preclude its repetition.

A larger worry is what Powell's gift to Hamas means for other fronts in the war on terror. It comes as official Washington is seized as never before with the problem of Saudi financing and other support to international terrorist organizations, Hamas among them. In fact, on Thursday morning, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will be taking testimony from a number of U.S. government and other experts about the nature and extent of the Kingdom's underwriting of those who have killed Americans and/or other Westerners -- or who yet hope to do so. The record is expected to reveal that Israeli intelligence believes that 50% of Hamas' funding comes from Saudi Arabian sources; its U.S. counterparts reportedly judge that to be an underestimate.

When challenged on this score, the Saudis reflexively deny such involvement. On cross-examination, however, their premier spin-meister Adel al-Jubeir has acknowledged Saudi support for Hamas, but only for its "political wing." Similarly, Saudi-backed front-organizations in the United States -- whom some in the Bush Administration have been deluded into thinking will deliver significant Muslim- and Arab-American votes in 2004 -- are demanding that not only Hamas, but Hizbullah and Islamic Jihad as well, be removed from the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. Mr. Bush dignified the chairman of one such controversial group, the American Muslim Council, with a meeting during his visit to Michigan last Thursday.

It will be impossible to oppose, let alone to constrict, the flow of funds that the Saudi government and its minions make available under the guise of "charitable" contributions to terrorist organizations if the U.S. government does not hold the line President Bush has properly, clearly and repeatedly enunciated: You are with us or you are with the terrorists.

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JWR contributor Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. He was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson. He currently heads the Center for Security Policy. Comment by clicking here.

© 2003, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr