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When Palestinian Rashid Hussein became a Christian, Yasser Arafat’s police force called him in for questioning.

After repeated harassment, and in fear for his life, Rashid lived in hiding for two years.

Finally, like some 2 million other Christians in the Palestinian territory over the last 20 years, Hussein fled the area with little more than the clothes on his back. According to the Voice of the Martyrs, the Christian population of the area has dropped from 15 percent to 2 percent in that period.

For some reason, the United States is determined to create an Arab Palestinian state that actively persecutes Christians and teaches hatred for Jews from pre-school through the university.

“Moderate” Prime Minister Abu Mazen has reportedly offered radical Islamic terrorists in Hamas power over the education ministry in the new government.

Nothing has changed in Palestinian politics, despite the wishful thinking of the U.S. State Department with regard to Abu Mazen. He is no different than Arafat. Mazen and Arafat have worked together as partners in terrorism for nearly 40 years. They both come from the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the home of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the sponsor of most of the recent suicide bombers.

Most observers of the Middle East suggest the Palestinian Authority could be on the verge of a civil war between forces like Hamas and those of the moderate Mazen. These observers are all mistaken. There is no threat of civil war within the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and Arafat and Mazen are all working together with the same objective in mind – the destruction of the state of Israel.

Like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, Hamas and Arafat may hate each other. But their mutual hatred does not prevent them from working together against common enemies. That’s what is happening today.

To understand what I’m telling you, you have to have some knowledge of Marxist principles – particularly the Hegelian dialectic. An idea or event generates its opposite, leading to a reconciliation of opposites, or a synthesis. That is how progress is achieved – through conflict, whether it’s real conflict or phony conflict manufactured by two or more conspirators.

When you see a schism develop between Arafat and some other terrorist group – be it Hamas or Hezbollah or al-Qaida – understand what is at work. There is no schism. It’s not real. They are play-acting. They are reading off the same page. It’s the dialectic at work. The fix is in.

Arafat received training in these principles not only in the old Soviet Union, but from his friends in Vietnam, his friends in China, his friends in the hideously repressive, Stalinist regime of Romania under Nicolae Ceausescu and others. He may not be a Marxist, but he has learned the lessons that made the discredited ideology a force in the world.

Arafat is playing a shrewd game – shrewd enough to have fooled top diplomats in the United States and leaders in Israel for the last 10 years or more. Whenever he’s on the ropes, whenever he is about to lose power because he’s gone too far on his bloody terrorist campaigns, whenever he is about to be relegated to the ash heap of history, he resurrects himself and reinvents himself as a peacemaker and moderate in the Arab world. That is what he is attempting to do, once again, with the fall of one of his best friends in the Middle East – Saddam Hussein.

But all the U.S. really needs to do to judge the Arafat-Mazen intentions is to evaluate the human rights conditions of Christians within the Palestinian Authority.

They are being driven out. They are being murdered. They are being raped. They are being systematically persecuted. They are being harassed. They are being intimidated.

And this is before Arafat even achieves statehood.

How much worse will conditions be when Arafat and Mazen have their own government, establish diplomatic relations with the U.S. and renew funding sources from the West?

There is no pressure on Arafat-Mazen now. No one is even demanding they stop terrorism against Israel. No one is demanding they stop persecuting minorities within their own borders. No one is demanding they stop preaching hate against the U.S. in official mosques and government schools.

With such low expectations, it is certain the state of Palestine will be the new capital of world terrorism – and the U.S. will have no one to blame but itself.



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