Sunday, October 29, 2006

EU backs Hamas

EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana is apparently quoted as saying, “What Hamas seeks is freedom for Palestinians, not the destruction of Israel.”
In a statement he made to the Jerusalem Post, Solana noted that a change in approach by Hamas, and its recognition of Israel was “not impossible.”

Yet, the Council on Foreign Relations has described Hamas in the following terms:
Hamas combines Palestinian nationalism with Islamic fundamentalism. Its founding charter commits the group to the destruction of Israel, the replacement of the PA with an Islamist state on the West Bank and Gaza, and to raising "the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine." Its leaders have called suicide attacks the "F-16" of the Palestinian people. Hamas believes "peace talks will do no good," former Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi said in April 2004. "We do not believe we can live with the enemy." See here.

Israel’s Institute for Counter Terrorism notes the following of Hamas:
The central goal of Hamas is the establishment of an Islamic state in all of Palestine. The immediate means to achieve this goal is the escalation of the armed struggle, and ultimately all-out Jihad, with the participation not only of Palestinian Muslims but of the entire Islamic world.
See here.

According to Solana, Hamas just wants freedom.....

9 comments:

CityUnslicker said...

he was a poor leader of nato, an organisation now in bits. yet here he is as an equallly out-of-depth eu minister.

sums up the eu quite well really....

Anonymous said...

Solana is a 70s Marxist rewired by the Americans to help him access new stations on his career through the institutions of the modern world

Colin said...

Anonym,

Your statement is interesting that Solana is a 70s Marxist. Could you provide us with a reference?

Colin said...

Solana's claim [“What Hamas seeks is freedom for Palestinians, not the destruction of Israel.”] is disproved by facts such as "Hamas leaders describe pressure to recognise Israel, respect accords and renounce violence as "cheap blackmail" aimed at corralling them into a "peace process" they describe as a trap."

istanbultory said...

Solana doesn't have much of a Marxist background. He has been a member of the fairly orthodox social-democrat Spanish socialist Party since 1964. I am not aware of any radicalism in his biography. Although he was hassled by the Franco regime a bit in the early '70s.

US General Wesley Clark, who as head military officer of the NATO coalition against Yugoslavia reported to and took orders from Solana, reports in his book WAGING MODERN WAR that he once asked Solana the secret of his success. Solana reflected briefly and then answered, "First make no enemies. Then never ask a question to which you do not know or do not like the answer."

Solana is another lefty politico who has risen far beyond his aptitude and capability but in a stealth-like manner. A perfect EU mandarin.

Colin said...

Istanbultory,

Thank you for the information that Solana isn't known to have a Marxist background. I am sometimes surprised how easily some people confuse their opinions with facts.

You wrote that Solana said: "First make no enemies. Then never ask a question to which you do not know or do not like the answer."

Solana is another lefty politico who has risen far beyond his aptitude and capability but in a stealth-like manner. A perfect EU mandarin."


I couldn't agree more.

It seems to be another case of the Peter Principle, i.e. "In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."

Croydonian said...

A bit of sniffing around shows that Solana was in the PSOE, which is a fairly conventional Socialist party, and a member of the Socialist International along with our own dear Labour Party. It took rather longer than the SPD to have its Godesberg moment (1979 rather than 1959) and abandon any Marxist inspiration / policies. Given that the PSOE was as banned as the Communist Party during the Franco years, Solana was not taking a substantially lesser risk in associating himself with the PSOE rather than the Communist Party.

However a quick google of 'Solana Marxist' does throw up a lot of references, although they do seem to be tin foil-hatted types.

Rather more amusing, and beyond dispute, is that Solana campaigned against Spain joining Nato. El vicario del Bray, eh?

istanbultory said...

"Solana campaigned against Spain joining Nato"

Thanks, Mr. Croydonian. I'd forgotten about that long-since abandoned principle. Solana hardly put his life on the line for Socialism. Others did. He spent a rather long time in the US and UK in the late '60-early '70s. 'kept his head down. A future UN Secretary General wannabe if ever I saw one.

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