Gaza has fallen to Hamas, but not just to Hamas: the group is the newest member of Iran’s growing portfolio of allies, clients, and proxies, and thus its victory was also a triumph for Iran’s policy of manifest destiny in the Middle East. This should not be surprising, as Hamas has never been shy about explaining where its loyalties lie. In 2005 while visiting Tehran, Khaled Meshaal said, “Just as Islamic Iran defends the rights of the Palestinians, we defend the rights of Islamic Iran….We are part of a united front against the enemies of Islam.” In 2006, Sa’id Siyam, the Hamas interior minister, told Al-Jazeera that
Iran is an Islamic state, which is being targeted by the USA and Israel. Syria is an Arab state that is targeted. Hezbollah is also targeted and so is Hamas. Therefore, we can call this the axis of resistance and defiance. What unites them is the fact that they are all targeted. Therefore, we have the right to establish ties with states that open their doors for us.
Fair enough. The collaboration between Iran, Syria, and Hamas, and the millions of dollars that Iran has poured into Gaza, have indeed paid dividends. America and its allies in the Middle East are being surrounded: There are now two Iranian clients, Hamas and Hezbollah, on Israel’s borders; Syria and Iran bracket Iraq and provide money, training, leadership, and manpower to the insurgents fighting there; and Lebanon is once again being subjected to Syrian bombings, assassinations, and terrorism in an attempt to wrest the country from its westward-looking citizens.
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Part 1 of this seriew of posts is here. I find the lack of reporting on the coup in Gaza and its significance for Israel and the U.S. to be astonishing. It was a strategic defeat for the anti-Islamist coalition around the world, and it just doesn’t seem to interest the MSM much. The Washington Post piece this morning notes that “Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and is classified as a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the European Union,” but fails to mention the Iranian connection, and seems to dismiss as exaggeration the charges that Hamas massacred some of its captives. In a New York Times story about the Bush Administration’s internal debates over Iran’s nuclear program, the story notes that “Iran is emerging as an increasing source of trouble for the Bush administration by inflaming the insurgencies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and in Gaza, where it has provided military and financial support to the militant Islamic group Hamas, which now controls the Gaza Strip,” but then fails to follow up on the significance of this week’s coup.
It would be a service to readers and viewers if the MSM began to treat the war with many fronts as just that, and to repeatedly remind the audience that Iran’s various pushes and policies are all guided by the same men towards the same end of destroying Israel. The other side of the radical Islamist coin –the al Qaeda/Salafist extreme– also aims to detsory Israel and to usher in the return of the Caliphate. (See Lawrence Wright’s The Master Plan from the September 11, 2006 New Yorker.) MSM’s narrative –that all is wrong with the world because of the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq– is not merely wrong, it is dangerously misleading.