“Who is this Ron Paul? He sounds good.”

This was asked to me yesterday by Abu Oudai, a senior northern West Bank commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, one of the most active Palestinian terrorist organizations.

Abu Oudai told me he watched a short feature on Al-Jazeera describing Paul as strongly anti-war and against the use of any military intervention in the Middle East. The Arabic cable network informed its audience – apparently including at least one West Bank terrorist – that Paul has described terrorism as a primary response to the U.S. meddling in the Middle East.

Abu Oudai said he “liked” Paul’s positions and views until I informed the terror leader that Ron Paul was a Republican candidate. Terrorists have a very black-and-white view of U.S. politics. They don’t like the Republican Party very much, since they associated it with President Bush’s so-called war on terror.

Oudai had called me to take credit for an earlier shooting attack on Israeli soldiers he said was carried out by his group. But his comments on the U.S. election highlighted something I learned firsthand this past year while writing my latest book, “Schmoozing with Terrorists” – that America’s jihad enemies pay close attention to our election cycle.

A lot of people tend to think terrorists live like barbarians in caves. Actually, many terrorists, certainly the dozens I met in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, reside in well-decorated apartments with all the trappings of a modern production company.

In today’s modern world, it’s very easy for anyone speaking any language to be updated almost immediately about all kinds of events. This includes America’s terror enemies, who watch Arabic satellite news, read Internet news websites and pay particularly close attention to news of U.S. domestic opinion regarding our government’s Mideast policies.

How are presidential primaries perceived by Mideast terrorists?

Earlier this week, a fight between Hillary Clinton’s camp and Barack Obama over who expressed more support for the war in Iraq made news, including in Middle East circles. Terrorists see this kind of bickering as a victory.

“We see Hillary [Clinton] and other candidates [accuse each other about] who is guilty of supporting the Iraqi invasion. This is a moment of glory for the revolutionary movements in the Arab world in general and for the Iraqi resistance movement specifically,” said Jihad Jaara, an exiled leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the infamous terrorist director of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.

Jaara and other terrorists recently sounded off to me about the state of the U.S. political debate.

Nasser Abu Aziz, deputy commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, told me it is “very good” there are “voices like Hillary and others who are now attacking the Iraq invasion.”

He said the presidential race, particularly the Democrat primaries, proved “the invasion of Iraq was judged by Allah to be a failure. America needs to stop letting its foreign policy be dictated by the Zionists and the Zionist lobby. The Democrats understand this point and want to prevent this scenario.”

Ramadan Adassi, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank’s Anskar refugee camp, pointed to Obama’s rise to stardome as “an important success. He won popularity in spite of the Zionists and the conservatives, whom he greatly defeated.”

I asked Adassi whan he meant that Obama “defeated” the conservatives and “Zionists.” The terriorist explained he was referring to Obama’s strong anti-Iraq war stance.

Abu Hamed, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, explained candidates’ anti-war positions “prove that important leaders are understanding the situation differently and are understanding the price and the consequences of the American policy in Iraq and in the world.

“The Iraqi resistance is succeeding. Hillary and the Democrats call for withdrawal. Her [Clinton’s] popularity shows that the resistance is winning and that the occupation is losing.”

I hope every candidate comprehends what the terrorists just highlighted. It’s important for our leaders to understand the terrorists are watching. The primary debate in America and our ultimate decision on whom to nominate in each party will likely directly impact the war being waged against us.

Make no mistake about it: The terrorists’ ultimate goal is to spread their brand of Islam around the world. Their short term goals include kicking America out of Iraq and the Middle East, destroying Israel and changing the demography of Europe.

Every time terrorists hear our candidates, largely liberals, say we are losing the war and compete with each other on who would withdraw first from Iraq, it emboldens terrorists to believe they are winning.

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Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily’s Jerusalem bureau chief, is known for his regular interviews with Mideast terror leaders and his popular segments on America’s top radio programs. His newly released book is “Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – to a Jew!”

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