Al-Qaeda gains Palestine foothold

Of course by now everyone knows there were no Al Qieda in Iraq :unamused: and Saddam did not provide Al Quieda with any training or support facilities :unamused: :unamused: and that Al Quieda is really just a bunch of poor mis-understood out of work investment bankers from New Jersey, right?

Well it seems the dear lads have established a presence among the Palis in Gaza. This is just good franchising - what with their groups in the Filipines, Indonesia, England, various US states, South America, and a few other places.

[quote]Al-Qaeda gains Palestine foothold
AL-QAEDA has established a foothold in Palestine with a new militant group based in Gaza formed by extremists who have become disillusioned with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Amid the biggest flare-up of violence in Gaza since a ceasefire was declared three months ago by Palestinians and Israelis, the Jerusalem Post has quoted unnamed Palestinian Authority security officials as saying that a new group called Jundallah or ‘Allah’s Brigade’ had links to the terrorist organisation headed by Osama bin Laden.

The new terror group consists mainly of former Hamas and Islamic Jihad members who believe these two militant groups have become too moderate. It has close ties to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

Khaled Abu Toameh, a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s oldest and most respected English-language daily, has interviewed PA officials who said the establishment of Jundallah confirmed suspicions that al-Qaeda was attempting to gain a foothold in Gaza ahead of the planned Israeli withdrawal beginning on August 15. b[/b][/quote]

President Bush was right when he said hopelessness and a lack of freedom breed terrorism in the Middle East – and The Occupied Territories are a textbook example of such an environment.

As long as 3.6 million people are trapped in a stateless limbo without any control over their present or future, extremists will find fertile ground there. If you’re really serious about walking the talk of freedom and democracy in the Middle East then there’s no other choice but to allow the Palestinian people a viable nation of their own because there’s no freedom and democracy without one:

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Ah, the former Conrad Black/ currently CanWest -owned Post cites unnamed
Palestinian Authority sources, who are currently in an election campaign against Hamas.

Good enough for me- or at least you.

Though of course you are utterly correct about there being no links between
al-Qaeda and Saddam- otherwise you would have cited credible sources, yes/no?

And at this point, sorry, William Safire and/or DickCheney really doesn’t cut it.