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July 30, 2007
A Kinder, Gentler, Hamas
If you thought that the thugs and terrorists of Hamas were nothing but mindless, brutish, Jew-hating killers, the Washington Post wants you to know how very wrong you are.
Indeed, I'll bet you didn't know that when they put their minds to it, these genocidal evil doers can look like humans, dress like humans, and even act like a human every once and a while:
Egyptian border guards have found about 75 percent fewer tunnels from the Gaza Strip since Hamas took control there, an indication of the radical Islamic group's broad success in reducing the smuggling of weapons and other contraband, a top Egyptian border official said Sunday. Well far be it for me to call Hamas anything but "nice" - as in "Nice shot there, Abdul" or perhaps "Nice suicide vest you're wearing today Mohammed but it clashes with your Kalashnikov."
Hamas forces, which took over Gaza six weeks ago, now operate new outposts and watchtowers under the Palestinian flag along the nine-mile border between the Palestinian territory and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Palestinian border guards, identified by Egyptian and U.S. officials as Hamas fighters, have shed the ski masks that Hamas fighters usually wear.
They have adopted military-style short haircuts and wear dark T-shirts, changes that symbolize the group's efforts to transform itself into a security force capable of bringing order to the rougher of the two Palestinian territories.
"They want to show in front of the world that they are nice, that they are in control," Egyptian army Col. Amr Mamdouh said.
The Egyptian Army Colonel sounds pleased. Could it be that he's heard about the semi-secret Egyptian deal with Hamas?
Egypt has quietly made a deal with Hamas. In return for looking the other way as Hamas smuggles cash and weapons into Gaza, Hamas will not allow Islamic terrorists to operate, from Gaza, against Egypt. Fatah had not been able to prevent this over the past few years. Israel is after Egypt to help stop the smuggling, because Hamas is trying to bring in larger rockets for a major attack on Israel. This would bring Israeli troops back into Gaza, and ultimately destroy Hamas. The anti-Egyptian Islamic terrorists would again be free to operate from Gaza. But Egypt wants some relief now, and is less concerned what happens in the long term. Egypt should follow the number one rule everyone must follow at the zoo: don't feed the animals.