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March 22, 2011

Obama Administration 'Wishfully' Courting Hezbollah - Again

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Andrew C. McCarthy's piece today on the Obama administration's naive, foolhardy, and greatly misguided courting of Hezbollah (my words not his) fully debunks the administrations reasoning behind their decision.

As McCarthy aptly points out, the Obama administration is once again courting Hezbollah (which as he correctly notes is the forward militia of Iran) ... and doing so at the same time the Muslim Brotherhood consolidates power in Egypt and American air power is put in the service of the Libyan mujahideen (a/k/a "the rebels") ... either one of the events being sufficient to give pause to a rational administration ... let alone have both occur at the same time. And although Obama Administration officials wishfully see Hezbollah as analogous to Sinn Fein, the socialist "political wing" of the Irish Republican Army ... in fact, it is an entirely different animal altogether. The IRA is a terrorist organization of comparatively modest, parochial ambitions (and far more modest capabilities), has a single real enemy, Britain, and it wasn't trying to destroy Britain -- just eject it from Ireland. To the contrary, Hezbollah is part of a global jihadist movement, as its charter proclaims:

Its goal is to Islamicize the world, not just destroy Israel. Unlike the IRA, it operates globally. It has committed terrorist atrocities in several countries and has been training other terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, for years. Indeed, a distinction worth noting between Hezbollah and Hamas (the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian branch) is that the latter's constitution roots Hamas's hatred for Israel in Islamic scripture (as I noted in a recent column, Article 7 of the Hamas constitution maintains that "the time [of judgment] will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them"). Hezbollah's charter instead points the finger squarely at us: "We see in Israel the vanguard of the United States in our Islamic world. It is the hated enemy that must be fought until the hated ones get what they deserve."

Overlooking all this, the administration seizes on the fact that Hezbollah has political divisions and has actually been elected to political office in Lebanon (whose government it promptly subverted). Officials like John Brennan (Obama's top counterterrorism adviser) take this as an indication that Hezbollah is evolving, just like the political activity of Sinn Fein was taken to be an evolution of the IRA from terrorism into regular politics. But Hezbollah is ostensibly compartmentalized into armed units (which are sufficiently well-equipped to project power on the scale of a nation-state), political actors, and social-welfare operatives because the global jihad proceeds on every front -- violent operations, infiltration of a society's government and institutions, propaganda, control of the schools, etc. It is a civilizational jihad that cannot be satisfied by political concessions in any one place. Once it has exhausted what it can achieve at the bargaining table, it goes back to the other methods of attack, including the violent ones.

It is a strategy that Hezbollah, having studied us, knows will improve its hand the next time it is inevitably invited to the bargaining table. Looks like that time is now.

As Robert Spencer points out at Jihad Watch, the Administration seems to believe that the political elements in Hezbollah can be compartmentalized from the terrorist elements, however the only place that Hizballah is truly compartmentalized in such a way is in the fantasies of Washington officials ... and assuming compartmentalization where there is none. They will be played for fools.

Posted by Richard at March 22, 2011 10:27 AM

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