July 20th, 2005

coyote Phil

Terrorist vs. terrorist

I heard a strange news item last night... Hamas has been stepping up terrorist attacks in the West Bank lately. An analyst on NPR said that this was because the Palestinian Authority delated elections, which were scheduled for July 2005, until January 2006. Earlier, the PA agreed with Hamas, which also wants to get into legitimate politics, to schedule elections in July, in return for which Hamas would create a "period of quiet", to make the Israeli pullout and transition to home rule easier. Now the PA has unilaterally backed out of its agreement with Hamas.

So Hamas is organizing terrorist attacks against Israelis in order to strike back at the Palestinian Authority. Got that? Does that qualify as Jihad? Because some suicide bombers are going to be really pissed off if they lose their 72 virgins on a technicality.