The Palestinian Fatah party had made steps toward peace with Israel. The most prominent step being to accept Israel’s right to exist as a nation. Israel in turn was trying to work things out and keep the peace as best they could with the new Palestinian government.
But Hamas had different ideas for Palestine. Hamas violently overtook the Fatah party and shutdown the government. A quick reminder of the Hamas covenant:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
So Hamas is acting according to their doctrine and their doctrine seems to be Jihad. Islam is peaceful as long as you submit to Islam and right up until you cross them.
… at a West Bank news conference after Hamas militias overran Fatah strongholds in Gaza, dragging men into the street and shooting them.The scene in Gaza was one of prayerful celebration for Hamas mixed with revenge. Hamas fighters took over the Fatah-run Preventive Security compound…
Bystanders were shocked. Ghassan Hashem, 37, a civil servant, said: “I see Iraq here. There is no mercy. We are afraid. See how ferocious this fight was? There is no future for us.”
Islam Shahwan, a spokesman for the Hamas militia, told Hamas radio triumphantly:
“The era of justice and Islamic rule has arrived.”
So justice arrived and people died. Maybe that is the catchy new phrase for Islam. So here I am again wondering. I am wondering why people keep making excuses for the violent nature of Islam. Why do I consistently hear two radically inconsistent things regarding Islam. Islam is peaceful and peaceful people just died at the hands of Islam.
While I am quite sure that there are peaceful Islamic people, Islam is not peaceful. We are lucky that most Muslims don’t follow their doctrine any better than most Christians. You may not agree with extreme Christians, and they may figuratively talk your ear off, but at least they are unlikely to physically chop your head off the way an extreme Muslims will.