Daniel Pipes writes in FrontPage (thanks to EPG) on the possibility of a Hamas attack in the United States:
Potentially violent Hamas operatives in the United States have already turned up.
“¢ In November 2003, the Israelis arrested Jamal Akkal, 23, a Canadian immigrant of Palestinian origins and a year later, he pleaded guilty to planning to kill Israeli officials traveling in the United States as well as leaders of the American and Canadian Jewish communities.
“¢ In August 2004, Ismail Selim Elbarasse, a long-time Hamas money man, was arrested for videotaping the details of Maryland’s Bay Bridge. This “set off alarms among U.S. counterterrorism investigators,” the Baltimore Sun reports. They treated the incident as a Hamas reconnaissance of the bridge and “as a potential link between Hamas and al-Qaida.” In court papers, authorities alleged that the images Elbarasse’s shot of the bridge included close-ups of features “integral to the structural integrity of the bridge.”
Hamas, in short, can at will attack the United States, something that should not be forgotten.
President Bush stated in June 2003 that “the free world, those who love freedom and peace, must deal harshly with Hamas” and that “Hamas must be dismantled.” That approach should remain U.S. policy.
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