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Why Netanyahu is full of it about Hamas and ISIS/ISIL

Juan Cole:

1. Hamas has foresworn attacks on the United States and other Western countries, presenting itself as a national liberation movement against Israeli military occupation (an occupation that has lasted since 1967 in Gaza). ISIL on the other hand has called on radicals to attack the US and Europe.

2. Hamas has joined a national unity government with the PLO. Some Hamas legislators hold that this step automatically results in an implicit Hamas recognition of Israel, insofar as Hamas delegates will be bound by PLO rules of discourse, and the latter recognize Israel. In contrast, no high-profile member of ISIL has done anything but attempt to foment more violence and to break all political deals.

3. Hamas has not concertedly attacked non-Muslims, and, in fact there has sometimes been good cooperation between it and the Eastern Orthodox church. In contrast, ISIL attempted to ethnically cleanse the Yazidis and has threatened Christians and other minorities.

4. Hamas has concluded ceasefires with Israel, however imperfect on both sides. ISIL was kicked out of al-Qaeda for declining ever to make a truce even with its own allies.

5. Hamas has a civilian wing that ran for elective office in 2006 and won the Palestine elections. That civilian wing represented itself as liberal and more secular. ISIL has no civil wing and is profoundly opposed to holding elections by party.

I'm confused

Sam Smith - If beheadings are what have us so upset, why aren't we bombing Saudi Arabia?

If the killing of innocent Americans is what has us so upset, why aren't we bombing Ferguson, Missouri?

If the largest military force in the world is so afraid of ten to thirty thousand rebels, why are we so aggressive towards the Russians?

Why we have we done virtually nothing in over a decade to make Mid Eastern moderates feel better about us?

Why will our current strategy work better than it did previously in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Vietnam?

Does it bother anyone in Washington that our strategy is serving as a recruitment tool for ISIS?

Why were we so opposed to South African apartheid but don't mind it a bit in Israel?

What non-military strategies were examined by the Obama administration and why were they rejected?

Might supporting Palestinian nationhood and opposing Israeli invasion of same not be a good one?

If we had public campaign financing, how would our policy towards Israel change?

Obama telling us one thing about ground troops, his generals another

Media, politicians, letting ISIL manipulate them

Juan Cole - Ever since George W. Bush invaded Iraq and created the circumstances under which al-Qaeda could take root and flourish there from 2003 forward, al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia (which later styled itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”) has taken captives and has beheaded them on film. It was doing this in 2004

These acts of public brutality against a helpless individual are intended in part to announce that despite their military superiority, Westerners are not 10 feet tall and can be cut down to size. They announce leadership and encourage angry young men to join ISIL rather than one of its many rivals. They also push Western publics to demand reprisals. Reprisals in turn can be used by the radical group as proof to its followers that it really is being unjustly targeted by the big bad superpower. It is a passive aggressive form of terrorism.

For these reasons, I don’t typically talk about kidnappings or beheadings of captives at this blog. It is an artificial phenomenon carried out precisely for people to talk about ISIL.

... It seems to me that editors should refuse to play along with this sick game.

The fact is that almost no news organization covers the killing of American troops in Afghanistan any more. If it happens it is on page 17, and this had been the case for years. So let’s get this straight. The Taliban can actually kill US troops without our headlining the fact. But the slaughter of an innocent captive is front page news. These are editorial decisions, not acts of nature.

Word: Mid East

Matthew Hoh - : “The President’s citing of the success of American military policy in Somalia and Yemen show how intellectually and morally dishonest this administration, like the previous administration, is. Both nations are chaotic and violent and American military action, particularly drone strikes that often kill innocents have not diminished al Shabaab in Somalia or al-Qaeda in Yemen, rather those groups continue to operate and enjoy the recruitment benefits of American airstrikes against Somalia and Yemeni civilians, as well as how American actions play into their propaganda narratives and raison d’être.

“A more apt comparison would have been Afghanistan, where a continued U.S. military policy of picking sides in a foreign civil war has seen American troops beginning their 13th year in combat in Afghanistan, violence against civilians at its highest level, the Taliban stronger and more confident than they have ever been, and Afghanistan’s government in Kabul in its most severe political crisis since 2001.

“What President Obama stated, which if put into policy will in effect be a re-invasion of Sunni lands by Shia and Kurdish forces backed by American firepower, will greatly exacerbate the Iraqi Civil War and will revert Iraq to the bloody days of 2006.”

Hoh, now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq and on U.S. Embassy teams in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He was subsequently appointed Senior Civilian Representative of the U.S. government for Zabul Province in Afghanistan. Five months into his year-long contract in 2009, Hoh resigned and became the highest-ranking U.S. official to publicly renounce U.S. policy in Afghanistan. Hoh was awarded The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling in 2010.

Obama didn't say anything about privatized boots on the ground

Word: A Quaker look at the Mid East

Time for Kurdistan?

40 maps that explain the Mid East

56% of Americans support an interim deal with Iran that would ease some economic sanctions on that country in exchange for concessions on Iran's nuclear program.

Former CIA official shocks House committee with the truth about Mid East policy

The Mid East explained

Name one significant thing the American government has done since 9/11 to make it less likely that some in the MId East would want to attack it.

2012

The wars in the Middle East are not just about oil; they're about gas

The good old days

LEGITGOV

What Arab Spring was really about

The truth is that the Arab Spring uprisings, not just in Libya but across the Arab world, drew much of their explosive strength from the combination of very different people and strands of opinion united by hatred of oppressive and corrupt autocracies.

Infrequently asked qustions:

If Osama bin Laden was so important, why haven't we done better against Al Qaeda without him?

American Mid East terrorism since 1981

Proportional representation key to a new Mid East

U.S. insisted U.N. exempt mercenary murders from prosecution

American hypocrisy in the Middle East

TEN GREAT COMMANDMENTS FOR MID EAST POLICY

OASES IN THE DESERT OF MID EAST DEBATE

Study finds little difference in Obama and Bush troop deployment

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera director resigns amidst 'US intelligence links' row

Al Jazeera uncovers another anti-Muslim course by US military for its officers

Al Qaeda

What difference has Osama bin Laden's death made?

When in history has a country as powerful as America been as afraid of a force as small as Al Qaeda?

If Bin Laden is dead why aren't we safer?

Personal to NSA: Forget Snowden, the president is cutting deals with Al Qaeda

How do we tell when we're meant to surrender our Constitution to fight Al Queda and when we're meant to give them more arms?

Recovered history: Back when we liked At Qaeda's predecessors

America's strange ally: Al Qaeda

.@Harpers - Percentage of U.S. veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seeking disability benefits: 45

How Bush and Obama strengthened Al Qaeda

The Al Qaeda scorecard

Obama Has Awlaki’s 16-year old son, friends killed at dinner

Navy Seals did die in vain

What Al Qaeda really accomplished

The Al Qaeda Myth: Never has American spent so much and lost so many to defeat so few

The unnoticed, unreported part of the Bin Laden story
 
Bin Laden cost us $3 trillion
 
Bin Laden: The monster America built
 
Oh shucks, Bin Laden not quite the cause of all our problems

What Bin Laden was really up to

Forgotten tales of Bin Laden
 
Now that Bin Laden's dead, can we have our country back again?
 
WHERE'S BIN BEEN?

Dubai

WHY YOU MAY NOT WISH TO GO TO DUBAI

Egypt

The Egypt back story


A 12 year old who should be running
for president of Egypt

TSA Chief Pistole helped train Mubarak's thugs

Eric Holder: One reason Obama waffled on Egypt

The roots of the revolution

The CIA's role in Egypt

Iraq

IRAQ NEWS & ARTICLES

Iran

Word: Some sense about Iran and America

Juan Cole on where Iran stands now

Ten reasons Netanyahu is full of it on Iran

Uh oh, Iran's new president isn't quite behaving the way the American elite want

Surprise support for milder approach to Iran

Iran's Former Nuclear Negotiator Gives 'Ten Reasons Iran Doesn't Want the Bomb'

How many would die in attack on Iran?

Plops in the Iranian plot

Just a reminder

Israeli officials simmer down about Iran after meeting with US aides

Five top Israeli figures who don't want to bomb Iran

Obamadmin sending signals of no war against Iran

Iran and the 2012 election

AC/DC song used to hack Iran nuclear plant computers

The global dangers of our Iran strategy

US funded and trained Iranian group on terror list


INTERNETOCRACY

Three reasons not to attack Iran

Only 13% of Americans want military action against Iran

British preparing for possible U.S. attack on Iran

A plea from Iran

Haaretz says Peres is only politician who can stop Iran attack

OUR STRANGE HISTORY WITH IRAN

ISRAELI GENERALS AND INTEL CHIEFS OPPOSE ATTACK ON IRAN

OBAMA CHICKENS OUT ON A DEBATE WITH AHMADINEJAD

IRAN AYATOLLAH WANTS TONE DEAF RELIGION

SAUDI ARABIA GIVES ISRAEL CLEAR SKIES TO ATTACK IRANIAN NUCLEAR SITES

THE MYTH OF IRAN'S NUCLEAR POWER

TOP GENERAL: IRAN WOULD HAVE TO BE INVADED AND OCCUPIED TO STOP NUKE PROGRAM

THE REAL DANGER WE FACE IN IRAN

DOES THE IRANIAN THREAT SOUND FAMILIAR?

TOP WRONG BELIEFS ABOUT IRAN

AHMADINEJAD READY TO TALK WITH U.S.. . .BUT ONLY IN PUBLIC

BIG FEDERAL CONTRACTORS HELPING IRAN SPY ON ITS CITIZENS

AND NOW A WORD ABOUT THAT FAMOUS IRANIAN REFORM GROUP: THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE IRANIAN ELECTIONS

THE MOUSAVI HIS SUPPORTERS DON'T REMEMBER

THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION IS NOT 14O CHARACTERS LONG

WESTERN MISCONCEPTIONS MEET IRANIAN REALITY

HILLARY CLINTON THREATENS IRAQ-TYPE WAR AGAINST IRAN

AHMADINEJAD SAYS TWO STATE SOLUTION IS FINE WITH HIM

IRAN WILLING TO ABANDON URANIUM ENRICHMENT, ENVOY SUGGESTS

FIVE FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE SUPPORT DIRECT TALKS WITH IRAN

MAJOR ARMADA PREPARES FOR IRAN BLOCKADE

FORMER ISRAELI SPY CHIEF SAYS LAY OFF IRAN ATTACK

BUSH GIVES ISRAEL OKAY TO PREPARE FOR ATTACK ON IRAN

IRAN COUNTDOWN: OBAMA DOES TOUGH TALK

MAKING DEMOCRATS FACE THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN AN IRANIAN WAR

IF WE INVADE IRAN. . . . DAY BY DAY

BUSH REGIME THREATENS COMPANIES TO GET OUT OF IRAN

GALLERY: THE LAND WE'RE GETTING READY
TO BOMB

BUSH'S IRAN BAITING COULD LEAD TO DISASTER
SAYS UN NUCLEAR WATCHDOG

WHY IRAN SANCTIONS WON'T WORK

IN PRIVATE TALKS, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER DOWNPLAYS IRANIAN NUKE THREAT

IRAN SAYS IT WILL FIRE OFF 11,000 ROCKETS WITHIN A MINUTE OF U.S. ATTACK

JOINT CHIEFS HEAD SAYS U.S. HAS ENOUGH FORCE TO ATTACK IRAN

A FEW THINGS OUR CANDIDATES DON'T KNOW ABOUT IRAN

TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL "I HATE ALL IRANIANS"

PROGRESSIVE REVIEW STORIES

Israel & Palestine

ISIS

Something they forget to tell you about beheadings

Obama's no win approach to the Mid East

ISIS: Another US Mid East plot gone astray

We interrupt the panic for a few facts about ISIS

 Jordan

Jordan gets a Green Party

Why Jordan shies away from reform

Libya

Benghazi vs. Iraq War: Compare the lies and the deaths

CIA worked closely with Libya on tortures and renditions

Secret cables reveal America’s cozy relationship with Gaddafi

Why Libya isn't quite the moral issue Obama claims

Hillary Clinton: Obama ready to ignore Constitution & Congress on Libya

Media hiding CIA ties of Libyan rebel leader

Al Jazeera finds foreign troops on the ground in Libya

Obama's illegal war

Libya: Humanitarian neo-colonialism

U.S, aided Qaddafi with billions in loans through a covert banking operation

The CIA in Libya

Australian - In one of three interviews yesterday, Mr Obama said the rebels were “saying the right things” so far. “Most of them are professionals, lawyers, doctors, people who appear to be credible,” he told CBS.

Great former thoughts of Barack Obama: President Barack Obama, as an Illinois state senator in 2002, said that using military force to topple a murderous dictator amounted to a “dumb war” and should be opposed. The “dumb war” Obama was criticizing was the planned invasion of Iraq and the murderous dictator was its leader, Saddam Hussein. - CNS

Amazing video of Obama sampling Bush

Cost of Libya Intervention $600 Million for First Week

Libya: Another war that could go on forever 

The most comprehensive study of how to write and pronounce that Libyan thug's name

When Biden said president should be impeached for starting war without congressional approval

Obama violates Constitution with undeclared war

The dangers of intervention in Libya

Arab League shaken by shift from no-fly to you-die zone

US supports Libyan war crimes resolution as long as it doesn't include Americans

Muslims

138 MUSLIM SCHOLARS CALL FOR PEACE TALKS WITH CHRISTIAN LEADERS FOR THE "SURVIVAL OF THE WORLD"

MUSLIMS FEEL SNUBBED BY OBAMA

Why Pastor Jones didn't cause deaths in Afghanistan

MUSLIMS PRAY 80 FEET FROM PENTAGON 9/11 SITE

GALLERY: STUFF THE SAME DISTANCE FROM GROUND ZERO
AS THE PROPOSED MUSLIM CENTER

ANTI-MOSQUE CROWD ALIGNS ITSELF WITH AL QAEDA

Pakistan

GOP senator talks up possiblity of war with Pakistan

Guardian: Pakistan agreed to Bin Laden deal a decade ago. . .complete with simulated outrage
 
Saudi Arabia

Questions about how one goes about blowing up a Saudi Arabian ambassador in an overpriced Washington restaurant

New questions about Saudi figures and 9/11

Lloyds' mysteriously drops suit against Saudi Arabia over 9/11

United Arab Emirates
 
Why does U.S. have mercenaries in the United Arab Emirates?

GROUPS

MIDDLE EAST
ABRAHAM FUND
AD HOC COMMITTEE TO DEFEND THE UNIVERSITY

ANTI-WAR CELEBS
ARAB-AMERICAN DISCRIMINATION LEAGUE

ARTISTS FOR PEACE
BLACK VOICES FOR PEACE
BRING THEM HOME NOW

CALL TO CONSCIENCE
CAMPAIGN AGAINST SANCTIONS
COALITION OF WOMEN FOR PEACE
CODE PINK

COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS
DIVEST FROM ISRAEL
END THE OCCUPATION

FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE
GLOSSARY OF OCCUPATION

GUSH SHALOM
HISTORIANS AGAINST THE WAR
INTERNATIONAL ACTION CENTER
ISRAELI BOYCOTT

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
IRAQ PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE
JEWS FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE  & ISRAEL
JEWISH UNITY FOR A JUST PEACE
JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE

JEWISH VOICES AGAINST THE OCCUPATION
LABOR AND THE WAR
MEDIA WORKERS AGAINST WAR
MIDDLE EAST REALITIES

MIDDLE EAST RSRCH & INFO PROJECT
MIDDLE EAST TIME LINE
MUSLIM PEACE FELLOWSHIP

NOT IN MY NAME
NATIONAL YOUTH & STUDENT PEACE COALITION
NOT IN MY NAME
NOT IN OUR NAME
OCCUPATION WATCH CENTER
ONE STATE SOLUTION

PALESTINIAN SOCIETY FOR PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS & ENVIROMENT
PEACEFUL ENDS THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS

POETS AGAINST THE WAR
SOLDIERS FOR THE TRUTH
STOP WORLD WAR 3

STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE
SUSTAIN (STOP AID TO ISRAEL)

TARGET OIL
WOMEN IN BLACK
VETERANS AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR
VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE
VISIONS OF PEACE WITH JUSTICE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE
VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS
UNITED FOR PEACE & JUSTICE
US LABOR AGAINST THE WAR

WALK OUT ON WAR
WAR STRIKE
WIN WITHOUT WAR

WOMEN IN BLACK

MID EAST INFORMATION

BODY COUNT
CHICKENHAWK DATABASE
COOPERATIVE RESEARCH
COST OF IRAQ WAR BY STATE
CRADLE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
FACTS ABOUT ARABS
GLOBAL SECURITY

GULF WAR I ARCHIVES
HOW MUCH WILL WAR
    COST YOUR STATE?
MAP OF MIDDLE EAST

PEACE MOVEMENT INFO
POP QUIZ
RELIEF WEB
TEACHING THE WAR
WHAT IS ISLAM?

MID EAST MEDiA

AL-JAZEERA
ANTI-WAR
ARAB NEWS

ARAB NEWSPAPERS
ARUTZ SHEVA NEWS SERVICE

BEIRUT DAILY STAR
DAWN - PAKISTAN

DEBKA FILE
DEMOCRACY NOW

ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ELECTRONIC IRAQ
GULF TIMES

HAARETZ
IRANIAN

JANG - PAKISTAN
JERUSALEM POST
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
TEHRAN TIMES
TURKISH DAILY NEWS

WAR REPORT
WAR TIMES