The Hamas terrorist organization that suffocates Arabs in Gaza simply cannot understand how its once-upon-a-time benefactor Iran could support a dictator like Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We never expected that a country like Iran, which talked about oppressed people and dictatorial regimes, would stand behind a dictator like Assad who is killing his own people,” Ahmed Yousef, an adviser to Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ prime minister, said, according to The Telegraph.
So who’s on first? If Haniyeh is a not a dictator, and if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not a dictator, that makes Assad a democrat. And if the bases are loaded with these lovers of freedom, who is going to being them home? Al Qaeda?
Or maybe they simple will be stranded until their terror axis collapses from its own paranoia.
It was only two years ago that Hamas was headquartered in Damascus, where Assad provided a warm home for Khaled Mashaal, Hamas’ supreme leader. Iran supplied training for Hamas terrorists and shipped arms and explosives to Gaza, often through Syria.
The test of true friendship is fear.
When the fanatical Iranian Muslim regime murdered and tortured thousands of its citizens who protested the rigged re-election of Ahmadinejad four years ago, Hamas learned a lot from its trainers how to deal with anyone who dares calls a dictator a dictator. Make the people afraid of fear, especially those who never heard of Roosevelt.
However, when Syrians had the courage to take to the streets to protest, and then fight, against Assad, Hamas started to be afraid. Hamas so far has kept the lid on opposition in Gaza. It casually executes its citizens suspected of collaborating with Israel, and it routinely tortures activists in the rival Fatah terrorist party.
It follows fundamental and radical Islam and would be subject to upheaval if it were to back Assad an Alawite whose sect is considered by most Muslims to be apostates, slaughters tens of thousands of civilians.
Mashaal has long been exiled from Syria, and Assad and Ahmadinejad are more dependent on each other than ever. If one falls, the other could be next.
The more Hamas took a position against Assad, the more Iran scolded Hamas, which had been receiving millions of dollars a year plus great gadgets, such as anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank rockets, to use against Israel.
Hamas’s deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad admitted to The London Telegraph last week that Iran has punished Hamas financially because of the terrorist organization’s opposition to Assad.
He said that relations with Iran are “bad” and added, “I cannot give you the exact amount. For supporting the Syrian revolution, we lost very much. I cannot deny that since 2006 Iran supported Hamas with money and many [other] things. But the situation is not like the past.”
Hamas also has a big problem with its political mother, the Muslim Brotherhood movement that brought Hamas into this world in 1987.
Terrorists from Gaza, many of them from rival terror gangs, are trying to keep a hold on the Sinai Peninsula and are keeping Egypt from exercising control.
Hamas is losing support, Assad is clutching on to Iran, whose economy is severely crippled by Western sanctions, and Iranian-backed Hezbollah is risking bringing down the house in Lebanon by shoring up Syria.
And what happened to the last Muslim friend of Assad who also saw he was headed into a dead-end? Click here to read about the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s price for egocentricity.
And who is Erdogan supporting in the Palestinian Authority? Hamas. A least he is consistent by siding with losers.
It takes one democratically-elected dictator to know another.
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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