Thursday, December 28, 2006

Palestinian Civil War: Who Does Al Queda Support?

Crossposted from leavworld: graffiti politti:

For those who think that Iraq is not part of the war on terror, this post will not mention Iraq. Many of those same people think that our involvement in the war on terror stems from our support of Israel. They usually say that "Hamas is the elected government," and that we should support them. President Mahmoud Abbas is from Fatah, and was also elected. We are supporting him, as Israel is doing as well. However, the Palestinians haven't mastered the "divided government" concept yet. More precisely, they haven't mastered the "civil government" part yet. This is excerpted from the NY POST:
December 20, 2006 -- JERUSALEM - Rival Palestinian factions raised the ante in their bloody power struggle yesterday, firing rocket-propelled grenades and mortars at one another and triggering a shootout at a hospital.

At least six people were killed and 19 wounded - including five schoolchildren hit by gunfire as they took cover, witnesses said.

"It's a real war," said Suleiman Tuman, a 53-year-old shopkeeper trapped in his Gaza City grocery store by the fighting. "Both sides used to fight the Israelis together. Now they are directing their weapons toward each other and we're in the middle," he said.

"This is madness," said taxi driver Adel Mohammad-Ali, 40. "The streets are divided between Hamas and Fatah gunmen. You never know who is who."

...Also yesterday:
  • Two Fatah security officers were executed by a Hamas-led police unit after they were kidnapped, Fatah said.
  • The violence appeared to be spreading to the West Bank, where four armed men shot and wounded a Hamas judge in the city of Nablus.
  • At day's end yesterday, security chiefs of the rival factions claimed they had agreed on a cease-fire. But there was no assurance it wouldn't collapse as quickly as the truce negotiated by Egyptian officials Sunday.
(It's collapsed by the time I'm posting this-Chris)
So there is a civil war in the P.A. Whose side is Al Queda on? Al Queda's number two, Ayaman Al Zawahiri, released a tape today, as reported on CNN:
DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new videotaped statement Wednesday in which he sided with Hamas' opposition to early Palestinian elections.

Al-Zawahiri warned Palestinian leaders that "holding elections won't lead to Palestine's liberation."

"Those who try to liberate Muslim land through elections ... will not liberate one grain of sand of Palestine," al-Zawahiri said. "Their efforts will only result in creating a reversion to jihad and will negatively affect the [current] struggle of mujahedeen," al-Zawahiri said.

Al-Zawahiri also had some words for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, calling the Fatah party leader "America's man in Palestine." And he obliquely criticized Hamas leaders, asking: "Why didn't they ask for an Islamic constitution for Palestine?"
It looks like Al Queda doesn't support either of the major factions of the PA. As I've said before, the terrorists really don't give a hoot about the Palestinians, except as a tool to attack Israel, and America. They have been promulgating this strategy for decades, through Arafat. Since his assumption of room temperature, the real battle is becoming evident, in the P.A: democracy, or repression. Fatah seems to support democracy: (CNN) (same story as above link)
Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi -- a member of the Fatah party, which supports new elections -- said al-Zawahiri should "stay out of it."

"Nobody asked him [for] his opinion," Ashrawi told CNN.

"Palestinians -- including Hamas, including the Islamist parties -- do not claim any affiliation with or allegiance to al-Zawahiri and his ilk. Al Qaeda does not have anything do with Palestine, and we would thank them very much to stay out of it and not to exploit the Palestinian question and not to try to interfere," Ashrawi said.
And yet, I distinctly remember the cheering and passing out of candy in the PA on 9/11/01. So some there support Al Queda. Perhaps the ones who refuse to accept the democratic process? The ones who are trying to continue the "rule of the gun?" Hamas? I don't know enough to be specific here, but some in every faction are controlled by different terror masters, with different agendas. They are willing to kill indiscriminantly to achieve their goals; that much is certain.