By Aaron Klein
Was Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King on the mark last week when he asserted Islamic terrorists would rejoice if Sen. Barack Obama becomes the next U.S. president?
As a journalist and author who has conducted dozens of on-the-record interviews with Muslim terrorists, including with some of the most notorious Palestinian terror leaders, and who has documented many of those interviews in a recently released, 210-page book, “Schmoozing with Terrorists,” I can answer the above question with a resounding “yes.”
Terrorists worldwide would indeed be emboldened by an Obama election victory not so much because of the senator’s middle name – Hussein – or because of his family background, but because terrorists know many of Obama’s policies would translate into victory for the global jihad movement.
Obama has made clear he favors a swift American withdrawal from Iraq, direct dialogue with Iran – the largest state sponsor of terrorism – and a more “evenhanded” approach toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
What do the terrorists think about these policies? Well, I recently asked them:
Ramadan Adassi, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades terror group in the West Bank’s Anskar refugee camp, pointed to Obama’s rise to stardom as “an important success. He won popularity in spite of the Zionists and the conservatives.”
Abu Hamed, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, explained the Democrat 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.”
Muhammad Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, said talk of withdrawal from Iraq makes him feel “proud.”
“As Arabs and Muslims we feel proud of this talk,” he told me for my book. “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.”
Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip, was more direct: The policy of withdrawal, he stated, “proves the strategy of the resistance is the right strategy against the occupation.”
What about dialogue with America’s enemies, such as sit-downs with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Obama has so fervently advocated?
Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesperson and a senior leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror group, recently explained to me U.S. willingness to negotiate and initiate dialogue “shows the Islamic resistance is bringing the giant [America] to is knees.”
“It would be a great achievement complemented by more and more dead American soldiers they will carry in coffins to the U.S.,” said Abdel-Al.
These terrorists are not just spewing rhetoric. Obama’s policies will absolutely further their goal of world domination.
A lot of people think terrorism is about pieces of territory, that Iraqi insurgents just want an American retreat from Iraq and Afghanistan, that Hezbollah simply wants a piece of territory it claims belongs to Lebanon, that Hamas is fighting only to destroy Israel. What most people need to understand is that these are only the various Islamic terrorist groups’ short-term goals. The singular overall objective of Islamic terrorism anywhere –and terrorists are boastful about this – is to spread their extremist belief system around the world.
Rep. King also indicated terrorists would rejoice if Obama were elected due to the senator’s ties to Islam and his middle name.
“His middle name is the name of the grandson of Muhammad. It’s used many, many times throughout the Muslim world and it associates itself with the religion and with the heritage and with the struggle and with some of the violence that’s over there as well,” King clarified in a radio interview. “And so it isn’t just one person who was a dictator in Iraq; it’s a thread that goes through the entire Muslim world.”
While many terrorists commented to me they believe one day there will be a Muslim in the White House dictating Shariah Islamic laws, I spoke with more than a few terrorists who were nervous about Obama’s middle name. They explained they believe Obama would try to distance himself from Islam and from anti-Israel policies to prove he is not a Muslim. The terrorists instead focused largely on Obama’s policies.
“The day will come when Islam will enter every house and will spread over the entire world,” Hamas’ Gaza leader and former foreign minister Mahmoud al-Zahar annunced at a rally last year.
Make no mistake about it, terrorists worldwide believe Obama’s policies will bring this day closer.
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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 new book is “Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – to a Jew!”