By David Holcberg (January 20, 2003)
Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior member of Islamic terrorist group Hamas, promised that if "Iraq is attacked... all American targets will be open targets for every Muslim, Arab or Palestinian."
This threat against America demonstrates that the members of Hamas view not only Israel but also America as their enemy. The terrorists' motivation to attack both countries follows from their own totalitarian and backward ideology, which is threatened by Western Civilization's values of reason, freedom and capitalism.
All Arab and Islamic terrorist organizations and regimes in the Middle East are as much a threat to America as Hamas is. The Palestinian Authority, for example, recently broadcast live from the mosques of Gaza the following call: "Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them." A few weeks ago Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah exhorted his Palestinians followers "to take suicide bombings worldwide."
It is only a matter of time before Palestinian terrorists will begin to systematically attack Americans--as they have been attacking Israelis.
If America wants to win this war with as few American casualties as possible, it must understand that Israel's enemies are America's enemies--and that by encouraging Israel to destroy them America would be acting to protect itself.