Medvedev and Hamas
Éminence grise Russia blogger David McDuff is back in form, publishing a devastating and carefully researched condemnation of Russia’s recent diplomacy in regard to Hamas.
Just as Russia is aggressively supporting the Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon by funneling weapons to them through Syria, it is equally aggressively reaching out to the lunatics of Hamas in Palestine, terrorists who are actively supported by the other leading rogue regime in the Middle East, Iran, to which Russia is channeling nuclear technology.
Russia’s hypocrisy here is truly breathtaking, as McDuff makes clear:
Russia’s overtures to Hamas come despite Israel’s support for Russian counterterrorism operations against Chechen separatist groups. Expressing disappointment over Russia’s behavior, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, “Just as Israel unconditionally supported Russia in her struggle against Chechen terror, we expect equal treatment in our struggle against Hamas. Chechen terrorists share some of the basic jihadist goals and characteristics of their Palestinian counterparts such as Hamas. For years, Chechnya-based terrorist groups have attacked Russian civilian and military targets, killing thousands. Similarly, Hamas and other Iran-backed Palestinian organizations launched a years-long campaign of bombings and rocket and missile attacks against Israelis. Carrying out suicide bombings against civilians is also a tactic common to both groups.
How can Russia justify this hypocrisy? How dare Russia complain about being “victimized” by Chechen terrorists and at the same time deliver dangerous weapons and other forms of support to terrorist groups who are doing exactly the same thing to the innocent people of other countries?
And more importantly, how is it possible that the NATO countries cannot understand the obvious menace posed by this outrageous Russian aggression?