Letter to the editor, WSJ, Dec. 29, 2014
Hamas practically wrote the handbook for terrorist organizations: suicide bombings, kidnappings, calls for jihad and the eradication of personal freedom for its people.
Many Pakistanis are recognizing that fighting some jihadist groups while supporting others, like the so-called good Taliban, is a terrible strategy (“Pakistan Shows Signs of Shift on Jihadists,” World News, Dec. 20). A zero-tolerance policy will send a clear message to terrorists and will help prevent the deaths of innocents in Pakistan and neighboring countries.
Unfortunately, Europe is sending the opposite message. The European Parliament’s vote to support a Palestinian state, with no expectation that Hamas will stop its terrorist ways or even change its charter, gives tacit approval for Hamas to continue to attack Israelis and harm Palestinians. Similarly, the decision by the European Union’s General Court to remove Hamas from its terrorist list gives a wink and a nod to Hamas, which will continue to fire rockets, confiscate aid, murder dissenters and use child labor to excavate tunnels.
Hamas practically wrote the handbook for terrorist organizations: suicide bombings, kidnappings, calls for jihad and the eradication of personal freedom for its people. The Islamic State, the Taliban and Boko Haram are emulating these tactics. Europe should stop legitimizing terror and join hands with those in the Middle East, Canada, Japan, the U.S. and other countries who are trying to stop the burgeoning devastation caused by terrorist groups around the world.
Lynn C. Koss