Patterico's Pontifications

6/17/2003

IDIOTIC OP-ED MEETS WAYBACK MACHINE:

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:03 pm

IDIOTIC OP-ED MEETS WAYBACK MACHINE: The title of the Dog Trainer op-ed is Can Hamas Cut a Deal for Peace?. The answer is: No.

That was easy. Next question!

Read the piece, though, as it is really quite amazing. After noting the view that Hamas is a terrorist organization that must be opposed, the piece continues: “But there is a second point of view. This view draws on repeated statements of Hamas leaders, including Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the group’s spiritual leader, to conclude that Hamas would halt attacks on Israeli civilians if Israel halted its operations against Palestinian civilians and that it would even be willing to coexist with Israel if it were to withdraw entirely from the occupied territories.” The op-ed goes on to say that the truth probably lies somewhere in between these two views.

Hmmmm. Even in that characterization of Hamas’s views, I didn’t see anything about halting attacks on Jewish settlers or Israeli soldiers. As for Hamas’s desire to coexist with Israel: I will address that when I can control my bitter laughter.

Okay, Mr. Op-ed Writer: time for a history lesson. Hamas used to have a web site that was very instructive. It was located at http://www.palestine-info.com/hamas/about/index.htm. Interestingly, since I first visited it in December 2001, it has been taken down. If my Google searches are accurate, the site does not seem to have reappeared on the web using a different address. It’s just gone.

Or is it? Enter a miraculous device called the Wayback Machine! This incredible web page has catalogued billions of web pages archived from across the internet since 1996. Using the Wayback Machine, you can see how a web page looked five years ago. You can also see web pages that have been otherwise removed from the internet.

Thanks to the Wayback Machine, you can see the former official web site of Hamas, even though it has since been taken down. A very interesting part of the former site is the group’s statement of ideological principles, found here. The writings on this page include an illuminating piece called The conflict with Zionism in Hamas ideology.

Here, Hamas expresses its desire to coexist peacefully with Israel in the very first sentence: “The Hamas movement believes that the conflict with the Zionists in Palestine is a conflict of survival. It is a conflict of civilization and determination that can not be brought to an end unless its cause-the Zionist settlement in Palestine, usurpation of its land, and the displacement of its people-is removed.” (My emphasis. By the way — in case you were unaware — the area that Hamas calls “Palestine” includes every square inch of what the rest of the world calls “Israel.”) The call for peaceful coexistence continues with language like this: “Hamas believes that no part of Palestine should be compromised, that the Zionist occupation of Palestine should not be recognized and that it is imperative for the people of Palestine, as well as all Arabs and Muslims, to prepare themselves to fight the Zionists until they leave Palestine the way they migrated to it.” (My emphasis again.)

Translation (to quote a popular Arab chant): Death to Israel.

Hamas can take this page down, but thanks to the Wayback Machine, I can bring it back up.

Another very interesting page on the former Hamas website, available only on the Wayback Machine, is called The Glory Record. It is a proud description of kidnappings, murders, and the like carried out by Hamas. It is full of pleasant boasts like these:

“He was able to kill 2 and injure 21″

“Three militants stabbed two Israelis. . .The Hamas members wrote some slogans and considered this operation as a gift for Yitzhak Rabin on the occasion of winning the Israeli elections.”

“The group disarmed the sergeant and took all his papers. He was then exterminated and disposed of.”

So to the author of the idiotic op-ed in the Times this morning, I say: meet the Wayback Machine, sir. Now shut up.

ROE SEEKS TO OVERTURN ROE:

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:22 pm

ROE SEEKS TO OVERTURN ROE: The plaintiff from Roe v. Wade, now a born-again Christian, has filed a motion with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the case. Read about it here. The link is to Fox News. I breathlessly await the coverage of this issue in the mainstream media.

MORE JESSICA LYNCH: For those

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:22 am

MORE JESSICA LYNCH: For those who care, here is a detailed revisionist report about Jessica Lynch in the Washington Post — the same paper most responsible for screwing up the story initially. I could never bring myself to care about this story even when she was considered a big hero, and I don’t care about it now. But maybe some of you do.


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