April 19, 2004

WHAT IF YOU OPENED THE GATES OF HELL AND NO ONE CAME OUT?:

Hamas` Trash Talkin (Joel Mowbray, 4/19/04, FrontPage)

Even if you want to take Hamas at its word that it really is devoting itself to “100 unique retaliations” instead of trying to find “100 unique undisclosed locations,” the terrorist group was no less determined to kill Jews last month (or last year) than it is right now.

Want proof? Notice the similarity in reaction after the targeted killing of Hamas’ “wheelchair-bound” “spiritual leader” Sheikh Yassin on March 22.

Hamas promised to “kill hundreds of Zionists on every street, in every city and everywhere in the occupied lands.”

Only, it hasn’t happened. That’s not to say that Hamas won’t be successful in killing more Jews, but it most likely won’t be as successful as it has been.

With Hamas leadership preoccupied with staying alive—even Yassin essentially lived underground in the months before his death and Rantisi went to great precautions as well—strategy and attack coordination are bound to suffer.

In fact, that has already happened. The lone suicide bombing since Yassin’s death was over the weekend, on the same day Rantisi got to test that “72 virgins” theory. Only one Israeli died.

This month free of suicide bombings came not on the heels of a truce or a peace agreement, but after Hamas had pledged to “open the gates of hell.”

The reason should be obvious: terrorism is not, and never has been, a grassroots, bottom-up movement. It is a top-down indoctrination industry that relies on brainwashing and a handful of key organizational leaders. In a perverse way, it operates like the structure of W.E.B. DuBois’ “talented tenth,” where the elite leadership guides the uneducated masses.


Giving the people their own state will be the final nail in the terror coffin. Then folks will look to their leaders to create better lives for them and you don't do that with bombs. Hamas seems well positioned to transform itself into a normal political party and lead the new state.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2004 8:01 AM
Comments

It was very amusing over the weekend when Hamas declined to identify its new leader -- and then Israeli Army Radio did.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 19, 2004 10:01 AM

Worked great in Lebanon

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 19, 2004 3:46 PM

Hamas is finding out what happens when you throw a jihad and nobody shows up.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at April 19, 2004 5:16 PM

Terrorist movements do tend to be personality-driven. When Abimael Guzman was jugged in Peru, for example, it essentially broke the Shining Path, and they've never really amounted to anything ever since.

Posted by: Joe at April 19, 2004 5:23 PM
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