'It is amazing to me, as an American who travels the world on a near-constant basis, that there is so much confusion over who the terrorists are. Hamas is a terrorist organization that condones and facilitates suicide bombings and will kill every Jew on the planet if they have the chance.'
Vast numbers of people in the west do not accept this formulation. As my discussions with people in Norway revealed, they do not allow that Hamas are terrorists. To these millions, the Jews are not people with human rights, with any legitimate right to self defense, with any need for tranquillity and peace in their lives. They are simply an evil lump of western intrusion into the perfect muslim arab sea which is the middle east, like a cancer or growth which needs excising. Any activity, whether it is stabbing to death rabbinical students or blowing up children with unguided missiles, is ok in the quest to excise this growth.
The loathing and hatred these people have for the cancer which is Israel is remarkable. It vastly outweighs any of their other beliefs or principles in intensity. Darfur? Who gives a shit? Congo? What? Sri Lanka? Don't give a damn. There is just no other situation that motivates them, gets their juices going, pumps up that feeling of intense loathing and righteous indignation.
These people are in no sense 'peace activists'. If they could see every Israeli die in a steaming pile of nuclear goo, I think they'd be quietly satisfied. Making sure that these people never get ANY sort of satisfaction is worthy of immense efforts on all our parts. These new nazis have holocaust in mind. And they don't seem to care who knows. They are willing to state their goals clearly in public. Lets pay attention.