Sunday, August 13, 2006

How the axis of terror act to survive

From Symour Hersh's latest article in New Yorker:

The U.S. government consultant with close ties to Israel told me, however, that, from Israel’s perspective, the decision to take strong action had become inevitable weeks earlier, after the Israeli Army’s signals intelligence group, known as Unit 8200, picked up bellicose intercepts in late spring and early summer, involving Hamas, Hezbollah, and Khaled Meshal, the Hamas leader now living in Damascus.

One intercept was of a meeting in late May of the Hamas political and military leadership, with Meshal participating by telephone. “Hamas believed the call from Damascus was scrambled, but Israel had broken the code,” the consultant said. For almost a year before its victory in the Palestinian elections in January, Hamas had curtailed its terrorist activities. In the late May intercepted conversation, the consultant told me, the Hamas leadership said that “they got no benefit from it, and were losing standing among the Palestinian population.” The conclusion, he said, was “ ‘Let’s go back into the terror business and then try and wrestle concessions from the Israeli government.’ ” The consultant told me that the U.S. and Israel agreed that if the Hamas leadership did so, and if Nasrallah backed them up, there should be “a full-scale response.” In the next several weeks, when Hamas began digging the tunnel into Israel, the consultant said, Unit 8200 “picked up signals intelligence involving Hamas, Syria, and Hezbollah, saying, in essence, that they wanted Hezbollah to ‘warm up’ the north.” In one intercept, the consultant said, Nasrallah referred to Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz “as seeming to be weak,” in comparison with the former Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Barak, who had extensive military experience, and said “he thought Israel would respond in a small-scale, local way, as they had in the past.”

And we all know by now what happened later when Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani-- having failed in his negotiations with Javier Solana over Iran's response to the EU-proposed package--went to damascus straight from Rome and instructed Hezbollah on the abduction of two Israeli soldiers to distract G8 leaders from discussing Iran's nuclear issue. Unfortunately, mullahs' strategy worked and Lebanon fell prey to Iran, Khaled Mashaal and Hassan Nasrallah's evil ambitions.

As a matter of fact, this excerpt clearly shows that as long as there is a regime such as Islamic Republic of Iran and dangerous frauds such as Hassan Nasrallah and Khaled Mashaal in the Middle East who rely on "terror" to survive, and as long as they are not confronted by the international community, peace will continue to elude the Middle East.

Unfortunately, it's just as simple as that.