Monday, October 10, 2005

Al Qaeda Moving Into Gaza

Powerline has an account of signs that Al Qaeda is moving into Gaza. Well, with Al Qaeda operating among the Bedouin in the Sinai, we all knew it was only a matter of time. Particularly, after the breach in the Gaza Sinai Fence that went unguarded for days. The article points out that with Al Qaeda occupying Gaza, it may be time, at long last, to retire the bi-polar policy of treating terrorism in Israel differently than everywhere else in the world.

Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine even this eventuality, of Al Qaeda in Gaza, effecting the EU policy of buying off the Palestinians in order to keep the discontent from their own shores - at least in anything approaching the short term. Their current policy is too damn useful for them for non-altruistic reasons of their own.
The EU, which provides the Palestinian Authority with half of the $1 billion in European aid, is not an altruistic player in the Middle East, said said [EU Parliamentary President Josep Borrell Fontelles].

With its growing Muslim population, Europe is finding that violence in the Middle East leads to unrest within its own borders, he said.

"The conflict in the Middle East is dangerous for us. We are not just here, as the good guy who says, please do not fight between you. We need this conflict to be finished because of its impact on life in Europe.

"As European society faces the problem of xenophobia, it can destabilize our society," said Borrell explaining that the Israeli- Palestinian conflict fuels anti-Semitism, "Islamophobia," and anti- globalization feelings.

Borrell denied charges that Europe was making political overtures to Hamas, adding that Europe┬┤s attitude toward the organization had not changed.
[The original link to the Jerusalem Post is no longer functioning - this is an archived copy. Hat tip: Melanie Phillips]

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