With Friends Like These . . .

With Friends Like These . . .
Vol: 80 Issue: 27 Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The House Foreign Affairs Committee received a report from the Palestinian Media Watch entitled: “Strengthening America’s Enemies: The Ideological Allies of a Future Palestinian State.”

The report makes for some interesting reading. Authored by Itamar Marcus, it notes that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are seeking alliances with some of America’s most vitriolic enemies, including Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela.

Moreover, notes Marcus, “There is ample evidence that the contacts between the Palestinian Authority and the enemies of the United States have the characteristics of relations between allies who share a common ideological bond.”

The report, based on media outlets owned or controlled by the Palestinian Authority, found that the PA was drawn to rivals or enemies of the United States. PMW said leaders of the Fatah movement as well as PA schools have expressed adoration for the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

“The Palestinian Authority-Fatah government of Mahmoud Abbas is allied with many states who see themselves as enemies of the U.S. and whom the U.S. sees as threatening U.S. security and world peace,” the report, co-authored by Barbara Cook, said.

“Significantly, the affinity that is felt for such geographically distant non-Muslim countries, such as North Korea, Cuba, and Chavez’s Venezuela is precisely because these states publicly challenge and express loathing for the U.S. The PA admires such organizations as Hizbullah, PA-Fatah heroes are master terrorists such as Imad Mughniyeh, killer of 241 American soldiers in Lebanon and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 are celebrated almost every annual anniversary with a political cartoon in the official PA daily.”

The PA has also named streets after enemies of the United States. In January 2007, the main street in the West Bank town of Yaabed was named after Saddam.

Abbas himself has praised U.S. adversaries, the report said. In September 2007, Abbas extolled North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il and expressed pride in PA relations with Pyongyang.

“Unless the Palestinian Authority demonstrates a major shift in ideology, a future Palestinian state will be firmly allied with North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Iran, Chavez’s Venezuela, and Hizbullah, the forces that are seen as threats to the U.S. and which are linked to world terror,” the report said.

In the Middle East, there is a saying to the effect that the ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

In America, we have our own saying: “with friends like these, who needs enemies?”


Were it not so terrifying, it would be funny, in the sense that the Three Stooges were ‘funny’. The Stooges were funny because they were so over-the-top stupid that you couldn’t help but laugh.

Moe would whack Curly over the head with a hammer, and everybody would laugh. When I was a little boy, I actually met the Three Stooges– (well, two of them and Curly Joe, whom I never accepted as a real Stooge).

They were promoting their new movie, “Three Stooges in Outer Space” back in 1960, and were appearing at the Loew’s Theater in Buffalo. Our neighbor was a NY State Judge. He had gotten back stage passes and I got to go along with his kids to meet them after the show.

It’s a funny thing — over the years, I’ve met some pretty famous people — government officials, foreign dignitaries, authors, actors, directors, many well-known Christian leaders; BUT if I really want to impress somebody, I tell them that Moe Howard personally taught me how to poke somebody in the eyes without blinding them.

“You really poke them in the eyebrows,” the great Moe Howard told me when I was seven. “Oh, and the hammers? They’re rubber.” (At the time, I was bitterly disappointed to learn that — but my little brother was vastly relieved.)

The idea that the United States has dedicated a significant part of its foreign policy to creating a Palestinian state out of a terrorist mob dedicated to the downfall of its benefactors is Three Stooges funny, until one realizes that the hammers aren’t rubber.

(That must have been how my little brother felt before I learned the secret).

For all the talk about the Democrats and appeasing al-Qaeda over Iraq, there is no word better suited to America’s foreign policy regarding the Palestinians than the word ‘appeasement.’

There is absolutely nothing about the Palestinian Authority that would lend itself to the belief that the are either capable of self-government or that they even want self-government.

In the fifteen years since Oslo, they’ve made zero attempts at actually governing themselves — remove terrorism from their list of accomplishments and what is left is a lynch mob looking for a victim. And like any lynch mob, without a handy victim, they’d soon get bored and drift away.

The US is using statehood like a carrot, not realizing that the Palestinians really want is the stick.

Abbas can’t make peace with Israel without giving up its victim, which in turn would cause the Palestinian Authority to disintegrate. Statehood isn’t the goal — Israel’s destruction is the goal.

At the moment, Hamas and the PA are dangling the promise of a ‘cease-fire’ with Israel in exchange for an unending list of concessions, most of which are supported by Washington, while making no secret of the fact the ceasefire is only temporary.

There are no guarantees. None. The purpose of the ceasefire is to take the pressure off Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc., to allow them to rearm, reequip and regroup for the next round.

Were this anywhere else on earth, the Palestinians would be rebels, or insurgents, or terrorists, but since their enemy is Israel, they are ‘militants’ at worst, ‘freedom fighters’ at best, and there is no crime too heinous to be justifiable, provided the victims are Jews.

Consider for a moment, the single largest stumbling block to Palestinian statehood — there are Jews living in the West Bank. The Palestinians will only accept a state ethnically cleansed of Jews — and that position enjoys the full support of both the UN and the United States.

It is astonishing. Which is, in fact, the word God used to describe it.

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.” (Deuteronomy 28:37)

“So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.” (Ezekiel 5:15)

“And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.” (Ezekiel 12:19)

(The word translated ‘violence’ in the above verse is chamac which is pronounced in English as ‘Hamas’).

“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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