Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly with his usual moral clarity. The sort of moral clarity for which President Obama hates him.
His key line was, “So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.”
He also included Boko Haram in Nigeria, Ash-Shabab in Somalia, Hezbollah, An-Nusrah in Syria, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and al Qaeda in his condemnation of “militant Islam.”
Some are radical Sunnis, some are radical Shi’ites. Some want to restore a pre-medieval caliphate from the 7th century. Others want to trigger the apocalyptic return of an imam from the 9th century. They operate in different lands, they target different victims and they even kill each other in their quest for supremacy. But they all share a fanatic ideology. They all seek to create ever expanding enclaves of militant Islam where there is no freedom and no tolerance — Where women are treated as chattel, Christians are decimated, and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice: convert or die. For them, anyone can be an infidel, including fellow Muslims.
Yet a few weeks ago, when I made the case that Hamas and ISIS were one in the same, I also argued that the only difference between the two was that Hamas has the support of the Obama Administration. Although still designated a terrorist organization, it recognizes its partnership with Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah.
So long as the Obama Adminstration treats different branches of militant Islam differently then militant Islam cannot be defeated.