Sounding off in a book released today, Palestinian terrorist leaders offer Americans what they say are tips on how to win the war in Iraq and the battle against worldwide Islamic “resistance.”
In “Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – to a Jew!” jihadists warn author and WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein that although it’s been six years since a mega-terror attack on U.S. soil, another could occur soon.
“One should understand an attack, a big one like September 11, demands a lot of time to plan. Therefore, this is not the American occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq that is preventing the next attack, which I think is only a question of time,” said Ramadan Adassi, leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group in the Asqar refugee camp in the West Bank.
The Brigades is the most active West Bank terror organization. It took responsibility together with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years.
Abu Muhammad, a senior leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, stated the Sept. 11 attacks were the “beginning of the collapse of the American empire,” and it was only a question of time before the next “great big event” strikes the United States.
Writing in “Schmoozing with Terrorists,” Klein states there are a series of lessons he garnered from terror leaders that “must be quickly incorporated into our battle plan if the U.S. wants to win its war on terror.”
Among the “lessons” highlighted in “Schmoozing“:
Lesson No. 1: Cease-fires: “Chance to reload”
In a briefing with reporters in May, Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, one of the top American commanders in Iraq, announced U.S. commanders at all levels were being empowered to reach out for truce talks with Iraqi insurgents, militants, tribes, thieves, religious leaders and sectarian rivals in a bid to end attacks against our troops.
“We are talking about cease-fires and maybe signing some things that say they won’t conduct operations against the government of Iraq or against coalition forces,” Odierno told reporters in a video conference from Baghdad.
“[Iraqi] Prime Minister Maliki and the government of Iraq have to continue to reach out to all these groups … bringing these groups into the political process so we can deal with their differences in a peaceful way instead of in violent ways,” Odierno said.
The belief terrorists are interested in cease-fires is commonly held by the West, writes Klein. Top senators and congressmen regularly urge truce talks with Iraqi insurgents, terror groups and the world’s top state sponsors of terrorism. Some members of the European Union believe Hamas, which seeks the destruction of Israel, is interested in serious negotiations and in moderation. France recently invited the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group to join in political discourse regarding the future of Lebanon.
In “Schmoozing,” Klein asked the terrorists what they thought of the concept of a truce in which one side agrees to cease hostilities and anti-terror operations in exchange for an end to terrorism.
The militant leaders said they were overjoyed when they heard Odierno’s announcement of American willingness to reach a cease fire in Iraq:
Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesman and a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror group, called truce talks with insurgents “a big victory for the resistance.”
“Americans are recognizing the resistance, the same resistance that they before called terrorism; now they are dealing with these groups, and this (Odierno announcement) is the recognition of the Iraqi resistance and recognition by the Americans of their own losses in Iraq,” said Abdel-Al.
“This [talk of a cease fire] is a great achievement for the resistance in Iraq and this achievement will be complimented by more and more dead American soldiers they will carry in coffins to the U.S.,” Abdel-Al said.
The Committees is responsible for thousands of rocket attacks against Jewish population centers, hundreds of shootings and scores of bombings, including the bombing of a U.S. convoy in Gaza in 2003.
Nasser Abu Aziz, the deputy commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the northern West Bank, said talks with Iraqi militants “shows America is recognizing its failure in Iraq and that the invasion of Iraq was judged by Allah to be a failure. This is a great victory for the resistance.”
Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas’ so-called military wing in the Gaza Strip, said the negotiation of a cease-fire in Iraq “is proof that Iraq will be the end of America.”
“The Americans didn’t achieve anything with this invasion but to bring about their downfall.”
Abu Abdullah said violence in Iraq will continue regardless of a cease-fire.
“Of course the resistance will continue,” he said.
Still, the terrorists said a cease-fire has great value. They explained Islam doesn’t believe in cease-fires. The Arabic word for truce is “hudna,” which in the Quran is a temporary respite to prepare for the continuation of attacks so the enemy can be destroyed.
The terrorists said a truce with a non-Muslim enemy can extend up to 10 years, but usually no more, and that in the end, the enemy must be defeated.
In the Quran, the terrorists explained, Muhammad in the seventh century agreed to a famous cease-fire, the Truce of Hudaybiyah, with the attacking Quraysh tribe of Mecca for 10 years.
Hudaybiyah is a small oasis between Mecca and Medina where Muhammad fought a battle in the early years of Islam. When he saw he was losing, Muhammad signed a strategic 10-year peace agreement with the Quraish tribe living in Mecca. Two years later, when his forces were stronger and the Meccans were living securely and off their guard, Muhammad marched into the city and captured it.
The terrorists explained in Islam there is a principle known as Takiya, the right to “fake” peace when you are weak for the purposes of defeating your enemy when you are stronger.
Lesson No. 2: Unilateral withdrawal means victory for terror. Evacuated territory will be used to attack you.
“The jihadists [are] in Iraq. But that doesn’t mean we stay there. They’ll stay there as long as we’re there,” said then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a “60 Minutes” interview last year.
Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., and many of his colleagues this year called for the withdrawal of 20,000 troops from Iraq before year’s end and a timetable for a complete retreat from the territory, stating an evacuation would enhance U.S. security.
Reacting to the withdrawal talk, Muhammad Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, said calls for an American evacuation from Iraq makes him feel “proud.”
“As Arabs and Muslims we feel proud of this talk. Very proud from the great successes of the Iraqi resistance. This success that brought the big superpower of the world to discuss a possible withdrawal.”
Asked whether a unilateral withdrawal from Iraq would end worldwide terrorism, Saadi, laughing, responded, “There is no chance that the resistance will stop.”
He said an American withdrawal from Iraq would “prove the resistance is the most important tool and that this tool works. The victory of the Iraqi revolution will mark an important step in the history of the region and in the attitude regarding the United States.”
Former Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades chieftain in Bethlehem Jihad Jaara said an American withdrawal from Iraq would “mark the beginning of the collapse of this tyrant empire (America).”
Lesson No. 3: Rename the “war on terror”
Klein writes many terrorists mocked the term “war on terror” as “cowardly,” and urged the U.S. to change the name of its declared fight.
Hamas’ Abu Abdullah responded, “About your so-called war on terrorism, how can you fight an idea? Of course your government is the biggest terrorist gang in the world, Israel is the second and Great Britain is the third. But if you insist on calling us terrorists and waging a war against us, then say so. Don’t be cowards and say you are fighting an idea.”
Islamic Jihad’s Abu Mosaab agreed: “What you Americans are stupid about and don’t understand is that you can’t fight a military war on your stupid term terrorism. It’s impossible.”
Continued Mosaab: “Anyway, you are fighting al-Qaida, which represents Allah’s will. You fight for your own materialistic reasons. But al-Qaida and insurgents and the Palestinian resistance is fighting for Allah and is looking to die, to be killed as a shaheed (martyrs). How can you use your military might to defeat somebody that goes out from a hole, launches a mortar against a tank and disappears among millions? Don’t you see, we won’t stop fighting until victory.”
Al Aqsa’s Adassi offered:
“After we put aside that you are the terrorists and we are resistance movements leading a legitimate religious war that will not accept any compromise, I must say how foolish it is of Bush to launch a war against something called terror,” said Adassi.
Lesson No. 4: Islamic terror groups share the same goal
Palestinian terrorists scoffed at the arguments that terror in Israel is different from terrorism in London or New York; terrorists in Iraq have a completely different agenda from those bombing Lebanon or Egypt or Jordan; or that Sunni terror and Shiite terror are totally different.
“It’s really ridiculous,” said Islamic Jihad’s Abu Mosaab .
“Yes, we all need to fight the jihad locally. Yes, there is Shia Hezbollah and Sunni Hamas. My goal for now is to liberate Palestine. In Iraq, the mujahedeen (fighters) must rid the region of American occupation. There is the fight against traitor governments, like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but it’s the same fight. The defeat of the anti-Muslim world.”
“We are in World War III,” he said. “The Americans are doing everything to prevent Islam to emerge as the world superpower and you are carrying out a policy of injustice against Muslims. But there is one basic fact, and that is all groups have the same goal, and we know that Allah will bring victory to the believers; and I am telling you that you are fighting Allah, not Islam. And Allah is invincible.”
Al Aqsa Brigades leader Adassi said “there is one fight for all Islamic resistance and that is the fight for Islamic rule and all the signs prove that we are going towards a comprehensive confrontation.”
Lesson No. 5: Land-for-peace formula is really a terrorist rouse
In “Schmoozing,” Klein writes many in the U.S., the Israeli government and most of the international community “holds on to the notion that the land-for-peace formula works, that giving up strategic territory in exchange for a signed peace treaty is somehow the solution to the region’s troubles.”
One top Hamas chief, who asked that his name be withheld, explained what he says his group has in mind when it comes to land-for-peace.
“The Muslim hero Saladin gave up land when he gave Acco to the Crusaders in order to keep Jerusalem,” the Hamas chief said.
“Therefore, I say that the possibility of the exchange of territories existed already in the history of Islam and it cohabitates with our principle that all of Palestine is a dedicated land from Allah – may he be blessed to the Muslims – and no one has the right to give up any part of it.”
He outlined a “peace deal” Hamas would accept in which Israel gives up land for Hamas’ promises to end attacks.
“We will be ready for a long interim renewable agreement in which Israel gives land based on a period of cease-fire that can go to 10 or even 15 years like it was done by the prophet Muhammad with the enemies of the Muslims,” said the senior Hamas official.
The Hamas leader, though, said his group will not abandon its goal of destroying Israel.
“When I speak about a long cease-fire and a temporary agreement, it means that we do not recognize the right of the state of the occupation on our lands, but we will accept its existence temporarily,” said the leader.
The leader insisted any peace deal is based on the reality Hamas will not be able to defeat Israel in the near future, but he said his group is confident it ultimately will be “victorious.”
“I do not see the Palestinian people and Islamic nation succeeding to liberate this blessed land of Palestine in the very near future,” he said. “This is an Islamic land and the Jews are invited to live in Palestine and the Muslims will guaranty their safety and honor. … But we will never give up our right for the whole of Palestine. We should be realistic to admit that the mission for the liberation of Palestine will pass on to the coming generations.”
Members of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah group, deemed “moderate” by the U.S., stated in “Schmoozing with Terrorists,” any land-for-peace deal with Israel is only a temporary machination to further their goal of destroying the Jewish state.
Abu Ahmed, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader and rocket commander in the northern Gaza Strip, said when Abbas talks of land for peace it’s “part of Abu Mazen’s (Abbas’) political calculations due to commitments to the international community but we have not abandoned our fight of taking over all of Palestine.”
Regarding Abbas’ peace talks, Abu Ahmed said, “Listen, we are aware of our president’s (Abbas’) declarations but we are also aware of the international political system that brings the president to adopt this position.”
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