Last month, Ahmed Yousef, a top Hamas adviser, said “we like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the election.” When Senator McCain was asked what he thought about the endorsement, he said “I think it is very clear who Hamas wants to be the next President of the United States. I think that the people should understand that I will be Hamas’ worst nightmare. If Senator Obama is favored by Hamas, I think people can make judgments accordingly.”
Senator Obama’s campaign immediately rebuked Senator McCain for his remarks, saying “This type of politics of division and distraction, not only lead to a campaign not worthy of the American people, but also has failed to help our families for too long.” Excuse me? This seems to be a stock answer used by the Obama campaign whenever somebody points out something Senator Obama would prefer to ignore. What do our families have to do with Hamas endorsing Senator Obama? Or with Senator McCain acknowledging that fact? Senator McCain didn’t make it up. He didn’t take it out of context. He didn’t even bring up the issue. He was asked a question, and he answered it candidly. Is that out of bounds?
Obama supporters have pointed out that Obama didn’t solicit the endorsement and, just because Hamas endorses Obama doesn’t mean Obama endorses Hamas. In fact, Senator Obama was just as quick to disassociate himself from the Hamas endorsement as he was earlier to disassociate himself from the Farrakhan endorsement. But the nagging question remains, why do such people and organizations endorse him?
I wonder if it’s a coincidence that the man Obama claimed as his spiritual mentor for 20+ years published articles on the Pastor’s Page of his church’s newsletter by a Hamas leader (who had an indictment against him for coordinating and financing terrorist activities while living in Chicago in the 1980s). Of course, that Hamas connection is to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, rather than directly to Obama. And Obama finally did repudiate the Rev. Jeremiah Wright when he went so public with his views that Obama could no longer pretend ignorance of them with any credibility.
And Obama did reject Farrakhan’s endorsement. In fact, Farrakhan’s endorsement came as a public embarrassment at a time when Senator Obama was trying to convince American Jews that the anti-Semitism expressed by his mentor didn’t reflect his own views, and that he does believe Israel has a right to exist, even after having publicly expressed sympathy with the Palestinian cause in the past.
The fact that Hamas endorses Senator Obama may be totally beyond his control, and even embarrassing to him, but the question it raises is why does Hamas endorse him? The obvious answer is because they have reason to believe that they, and their agenda, would fare better with his administration in power than with either a McCain or a Clinton administration. Whether he agrees with their “cause” or not, I think it’s as clear to Hamas as it is to me that McCain is going to be a lot tougher on terrorists than Obama would be. Obama thinks you can negotiate with them, and has stated his intention to do so. Negotiating with terrorists is like negotiating with extortionists. It’s common knowledge that it doesn’t work. But Senator Obama thinks he can pull it off.
I’m not suggesting that I believe Senator Obama actually sympathizes with terrorists. But I do believe that he has neither the experience nor the disposition to effectively fight and defeat them. And, through no intentional fault of his own, it appears our enemies would be very happy to see him elected. Is it a good thing that terrorists would feel better/safer with Obama as our Commander in Chief?
The question is not whether he reciprocally endorses them. The question is, intentions aside, is what’s best for Hamas what’s best for America? Personally, I don’t think so.