John Batchelor of WBCA Radio has had an interview with Ahmed Yousef – Chief Advisor to the Hamas (Liston – mp3).
The tone Mr Yousef adopts in this interview is quite breathtaking. He calls Jimmy Carter (former USA President who never turned his back to Israel) a “noble man”. He defines the Hamas as a “moderate” movement, and expresses whole hearted support for Mr Obama’s success in his campaign.
If we agree that Hamas is supported by the Ayatollahs in Tehran, and if we re-read Barak Obama’s comments (08/04/08) - “…a diplomatic surge that includes Iran, because if Maliki can tolerate as normal neighbour to neighbour relations in Iran, then we should be talking to them as well; I do not believe we are going to be able to stabilise the situation without them…”, in which he encourages the General to enter into serious negotiation with the Ayatollahs, then it is perhaps easier to conclude why Obama is the Ayatollahs’ choice.
But why should Mr Obama be a better choice? What does Obama have or does not have that has made both the Ayatollahs in Tehran, and the Hamas Advisor in the Gaza Strip so excited?
Do they think that Mr Obama would ignore the USA national security? Would they count on his immature approach to international politics? Does Hamas hope that Mr Obama will remove the “bitterness” from the heart and minds of the Palestinians, as Mr Yousef phrased it? Does Hamas really think that Mr Obama’s administration and representative in the UN Security Council would not veto a possible resolution to condemn Israel for atrocities in Palestine? Or do the Ayatollahs simply fear the other presidential candidates more, and as far as the Ayatollahs’ strategic objectives are concerned Mr Obama is just a safer hand?