Here's a necessary primer for those of you who comment on this situation without knowing what Hamas, or it's philosophy of Islamism, is.
Islamism does not mean Islam. Islamism means (from google definition): Islamism (Islam+-ism; الاسلامية al-'islāmiyya) also إسلام
سياسي al-Islām al-Siyāsiyy, lit., "Political Islam") is a set of ideologies holding that Islam is not only a religion but also a political
system, and that modern Muslims must return to their roots of their religion, and unite politically.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - which now rules the country - is a bastion of this philosophy. Islamism is an extremist creed that seeks to impose
the law of Islam - the Shari'a - on all people within the boundaries of the Dar Al Islam (the abode of Islam); it's longer term goals after securing
an Islamic caliphate, is the conversion of the Dar Al Harb (the abode of war; or non-Muslim lands) into Dar Al Islam. Thus, Islamism is a direct
threat against all non-Muslim civilizations.
Hamas, which was created by the Muslim Brotherhood, is based on this ideology. Within the Gaza strip, Christians are subject to the life-sucking
, which helps to keep the Christians poorer than their Muslim neighbors. Islamism, in line with
the fundamentalist Sunni Shari'a, forbids the sale of alcohol in Gaza, gambling, forbids the playing of music, dancing and other types of revelry; it
forces women to wear the hijab and to cover their arms, legs at all times. Even if they want to swim, they have to wear full body covering; never can
a Muslim women experience the shining rays of the sun on her naked skin - not according to the strict line of the Shari'a. Anyone who seeks to do any
of these things has their life threatened; if they persist in doing it, they're killed.
This philosophy has now taken hold of the government of Egypt. It is the largest party in the
. It's prime minister Hamadi Jebali is an Islamist. Large segments of the
Free Syrian Army fighting against the Al-Assad regime is
The leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has voiced his support for the Syrian rebels and called upon Syrians to retaliate against the
Interviews with the FSA suggest that its top commanders see the Islamists as "a threat to stability post regime change". FSA commander Saleem
Abu Yassir expressed his fears to The Guardian: "They are stealing the revolution from us and they are working for the day that comes after"
To those unaware, the Al-Assad regime is allied with Shi'ite Iran. The current grand Ayatollah Khameini said that the Alawi (a minority religious
group in Syria, the religion of the Assad) are Shi'ite. So, this fight within Syria is also an internecine religious conflict between the Sunni
Islamists and the Shia Islamists. No Jews here; no Israel. If Israel were gone, the Sunni-Shia battle for regional supremacy would continue until one
or the other got the upper hand.
The battle for Libya is being waged between secular democrats and Islamists
The entire Muslim world is caught between the strictly conservative and authoritarianism of Shari'a and the demand for man to be allowed to make his
own choices in how he wants to live. In short, it's a battle between western liberalism and Islamic fundamentalism
What's occurring in Israel is by no means fundamentally different. Hamas is an Islamist group which desires
The charter states that "our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious" and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state
in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel.[
Thus, there is no real "Palestinian people". The secularist supporters of Fatah or the PA are at interminable ideological odds with the Islamist
supporters of Hamas. If the Jews were gone, the fight would be transferred to the Secularist and Islamist Arabs who wont come to an agreement on what
kind of state should be established.
The Hamas charter also has some typical conspiracy theory claims against Jews:
Article 22 Makes sweeping claims about Jewish influence and power. 
Article 28 Conspiracy indictment against "Israel, Judaism and Jews"
According to Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, "The Hamas credo is not just anti-Israel, but profoundly anti-Semitic with racism at
its core. The Hamas Charter reads like a modern-day 'Mein Kampf.'" According to the charter, Jewish people "have only negative traits and are
presented as planning to take over the world." The charter claims that the Jews deserve God’s/Allah’s enmity and wrath because they received
the Scriptures but violated its sacred texts, disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew their own prophets.
I have nothing against Islam. In fact, the issue is entirely akin to peoples views with regard to the separation of the church from the state. If
Islam is practiced in private, and not imposed on others, I am all for it. I find it's spirituality and it's conception of God as pathos as very
close to my own, in fact. The problem is this authoritarianism that threatens to impose it's beliefs on others. If Christianity had gone in this
direction, or If Judaism attempted the same, I would put up my arms and condemn them just as I now do towards Islamism.
There is an undeniable conflict between western civilization and Islamism. In supporting Hamas, you support Islamism. You ignore the fact that Israel
- despite all it's faults - represents liberal democracy: it gives people the freedom to condemn their own state, if they so wish. Does
Hamas/Islamism? Ones tongue would be cut out if he were to utter an imprecation against the state of Allah.
This current conflict cannot be removed from the context of the wider conflict between western civilization and Islamism. Israel simply wants the
rocket attacks to end, but Hamas, seeing Muslims as nothing more than 'units' to be used in the "greater struggle" or Jihad, against western
civilization (which they imagine to be controlled by Jews) is willing to sacrifice men, women and children - individuals - for the sake of the
'whole' - the pursuit of establish an Islamist state in Palestine.
They are cold hearted, they resort to every method imaginable in their war against Israel. Seeing the deaths of children does not impel them to stop;
rather, it encourages them to go forward; every death of a child is a propaganda instrument against Israel, an instrument they know will count for
very much in western press, and in Israel. As Hassan Al Banna said: "We love death more than you love life.”, which is to be understood in the
spiritual sense of being extinguished by God; if one is annihilated by Gods presence, all is 'death' - and there is no qualitative or quantifiable
difference between death in the spiritual sense - of the ego - and death in the physical sense. This is what is meant by 'we love death more than you
love life'; this is why Islamism uses human beings as fodder in their fight against Israel and 'heretics'.