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Foreign Entanglements: We’re All Friends of Hamas


On this week’s episode of Foreign Entanglements, Matt speaks with James Joyner about Hagel, Hamas, and Rand Paul:

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  • Ronan

    Hagel, Hamas and Ron Paul walk into a bar….?

    • Ronan

      Ah it was Rand..joke doesn’t work

      • cpinva

        hagel & hamas walk into a bar, rand paul ducks.

        • Ronan

          ..barman goes, why the long face

        • Ronan

          There must be a hookah joke in there

        • Hogan

          The vartender says, “I was talking to the duck.”

  • Winchester

    This James Joyner is clueless or he is lying.

    Rafic Hariri could be both a islamist and murdered by Hezbollah; those are NOT mutually exclusive — since Hariri was a Sunni leader and Hezbollah is a shiite organization. Rafic Baha El Deen Al-Hariri led the Future Movement, was a former Lebanese prime minister and a billionaire tycoon.

    Between 1982 and 1985, Tripoli witnessed intense fighting pitting Sunni jihadi groups such as Al-Tawhid against the Syrian Army of Assad before the latter assumed control of the city.

    During the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), Syrian security services and their Lebanese allies – including many Alawites – detained, tortured, killed and otherwise persecuted a lot of Lebanese Sunni jihadists.

    In the course of the Assad regime’ post-war tutelage of Lebanon (1990-2005), Hezbollah’s ongoing empowerment coupled with the sidelining of Rafic Hariri, solidified the Sunnis’ belief in their marginalisation.

    Al-Hariri was assassinated in February 2005. A Lebanese police officer and U.N. investigators unearthed extensive circumstantial evidence implicating Hezbollah.

    The U.N. International Independent Investigation Commission’s report, based on examination of Lebanese phone records, suggested Hezbollah officials communicated with the owners of cell phones used to coordinate the detonation that killed Hariri and 22 others as they traveled through Beirut in an armed convoy (according to Lebanese and U.N. phone analysis obtained by CBC and shared with The Washington Post).

    Nasrallah claimed Israel killed Hariri. But in October 2005, U.N. prosecutor Detlev Mehlis issued a report saying that al-Hariri’s assassination “could not have been taken without the approval of top-ranked Syrian security officials and could not have been further organized without the collusion of their counterparts in the Lebanese security forces.”

    This episode added to a sense of vulnerability among Lebanese Sunnis.

    The perceived loss of Iraq to both Shiite rule and Iranian influence further fuelled the sense that Sunnis are being threatened by a “Shia Crescent.”

    Meanwhile, the socio-economic decline of the northern Lebanon — neglected by Beirut and largely cut off from its Syrian hinterland given bitter relations with Damascus — exacerbated Sunni feelings of abandonment.

    But now — as Sunni jihadists in northern Lebanon shelter and protect Syrians who crossed the border, — they reactivate ties that had been debilitated in the 1980s, thereby breaking with their sense of isolation and reconnecting with their communal, Sunni identity. Sunni jihadists in the north of Lebanon champion the Syrian uprising as their own cause, considering themselves the pioneers of resistance against the Assad regime.

  • Winchester

    Sunni jihadists in Lebanon are joining a broader, region-wide sentiment of Sunni rebirth in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and elsewhere. Buoyed by both the Syrian revolution and these regional trends, Lebanon’s Sunnis have not hesitated to confront their own authorities.

    The current goal of Lebanese Sunni jihadists is to turn the north of Lebanon into a de facto Sunni enclave, a Sunni bastion where their domination would go unchecked and where they would feel free to develop military capabilities in the service of an incipient Sunni Caliphate.

    Efforts to boost their military capacity are intended to produce parity with Hezbollah so as to deter any Shiite foray in the north. Sunni jihadists are now challenging the Lebanese Army’s position in the north in order to curtail its ability to constrain them and to curb efforts aimed at boosting the Syrian revolution. They want the Army to turn a blind eye on the arms and fighters that are being smuggled into Syria as well as on Syrian and Lebanese jihadists’ activities.

  • Winchester

    Chuck Hagel appears to be part of the Shia Crescent: he is deeply embedded with a network of pro-Iran foreign policy groups; he sits on the board of Ploughshares Fund, a foundation that has granted more than $2 million to organizations — such as the National Iranian American Council, the Center for American Progress, J Street, the National Security Network (NSN), and the Truman National Security Project — favoring lifting sanctions on Iran, opposing military action against its nuclear program, and hoping to weaken the U.S.-Israel alliance.

    • Loud Liberal

      Does this mean you do like Hagel, or, you don’t like Hagel?

    • Warren Terra

      It really is remarkable how the Wingers portray J Street as being practically a neo-nazi organization.

      • Loud Liberal

        Funny, I’m seeing that from the other wing.

  • efgoldman

    I’ve got it! Winchester the troll is the former matoko chan who bedeviled Balloon Juice for a few years.

    • Jameson Quinn

      You win! Come collect your prize!

  • Data Tutashkhia

    I dunno, I still haven’t heard him answering clearly, without ifs or buts, if he would blow a donkey for Israel. And in my book that spells: a friend of Hamas. And that’s all there is to it.

  • cpinva

    i’m curious to know where he copied/pasted all that from, since he (as usual) provided no cites or links.

  • Winchester

    It comes from my own blog, from a post entitled “Sunni Awakening in Lebanon”


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