Has President Bush lost his moral compass, or has he merely failed to read the fine print?
Monday the president pledged an additional $190 million in direct American aid as well as $80 million in military assistance and $228 million more in business assistance to bolster the leader of an organization that declares itself dedicated to “armed revolution,” “eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence,” and “opposing any political solution” to end the Middle East conflict.
While these violent and extremist assertions may sound like the rantings of a Hamas leader, they are in fact quoted directly from the constitution of the Fatah organization, the organization led by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas’ Fatah group is the largest faction of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO (which did not die with the passing of Yasser Arafat). This is whom President Bush wants to give hundreds of millions more of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars to, to bolster?
This is whom President Bush wants to force our Israel allies and friends to sit at a table with and iron out a “peace agreement”? I would hate to see how Bush treats his enemies?
Palestinian-Arab leaders have admitted that most of the hundreds of millions of previously-donated American aid have been stolen by Abbas’ cronies, such as his enforcer, Mahmoud Dahlan.
And now Bush wants to give them more. Talk about pouring more money down the sewer.
Fatah’s goals – which Abbas as its leader must no doubt embrace – are every bit as violent, extreme and anti-Israel as Hamas’ – a group Bush readily chided in his speech. Yet Bush is clear to warn Hamas in his speech: “you must reject violence, and recognize Israel's right to exist” but offers no such admonition for the like-minded Fatah.
Hamas is the group the Palestinian-Arab people put into power in a free and fair election, and Hamas is the group the Palestinian-Arab people say they continue to support over Fatah in poll after poll.
But according to Bush, the refrain is:
· Hamas, bad.
· Fatah, good.
· Marginalize Hamas.
· Strengthen Fatah and Abbas, its leader.
Has Bus failed to read the Fatah constitution? Does he not see that instead of “the good guys” vs. “the bad guys” in the areas controlled by the Palestinian-Arabs it’s more like “the bad guys” vs. “the bad guys?”
After all, neither Fatah nor Hamas respect human rights, and each have at their root the goal of destroying Israel either in stages or in one fell swoop. The only difference between them is a simple one: Hamas is a fundamentalist terrorist group motivated by the Koran’s intolerance of infidels, while Fatah has no such religious dogma and instead bases its agenda on a non-theological desire to eradicate Zionism and replace Israel with a Palestinian state.
The violence which characterizes both groups’ aims (as laid out in the Hamas charter and Fatah constitution) are two sides of the same coin. In fact, Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has claimed responsibility for more terrorist attacks against Israelis since 2000 than have Hamas.
So why the affection by Bush, the West and the Israeli leaders for Fatah and its chief, Abbas, and the portrayal of them as “moderates?”
It is a mystery, but it could be a case of the secular humanists of the world having an affinity for Fatah’s secular de-humanists.
A few excerpts of the Fatah constitution (http://www.fateh.net/e_public/constitution.htm) should clearly dispel any notion that Abbas and his thugs are moderates:
· “This constitution revolves around the following principles: The armed revolution we are waging … .”
· “Article (3) The Palestinian Revolution plays a leading role in liberating Palestine.”
· “Article (4) The Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the world-wide struggle against Zionism, colonialism and international imperialism.”
· “Article (9) Liberating Palestine and protecting its holy places is an Arab, religious and human obligation.”
Under its “goals” are listed the following:
· “Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.”
· “Article (17) Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine.”
· “Article (19) Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.”
· “Article (20) Achieving mutual understanding with all the national forces participating in the armed struggle to attain the national unity.”
· “Article (22) Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.”
In the Fatah constitution’s “Chapter Two” under “Organization Rules and Principles” are the following:
· “In its organisational work, the Movement depends on the following rules and principles:
· First: Commitment. This means:
· “Article (28) a. Firm belief in the case and the Movement's objectives and
utter readiness to sacrifice for its sake till victory.”
“He must take the following oath: [to become a member]: “(By Allah, the almighty and by my honour and beliefs I swear to remain faithful to Palestine, and to spare no effort to liberate it; I swear not to disclose any of the Movement's (FATEH) secrets and affairs; this is a free oath, to which God bears witness.)”
This is not the credo of a “moderate” group. The world and especially the Israelis have seen just how far the Fatah members are willing to take their “commitment” to their cause and their “utter readiness” to “sacrifice for its sake till victory.” Hundreds were murdered and thousands more maimed and scarred in the last six years alone as proof.
This is the organization Mahmoud Abbas leads. Prior to that, he was Yasser Arafat’s right-hand man and Fatah financier for 40 years.
As you can now see, the goals of Fatah and its leader Abbas are no different – and no more moderate – than Hamas.
President Bush is wrong to offer more American financial aid to Fatah, as well as military training and any weapons transfers, and the Israelis would be wise to do the same. Any support – material, moral or otherwise – will merely enable a ruthless gang of murderers – whether they be called Hamas or Fatah – to continue to strive to attain its goal: killing Israelis.