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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Klein Misleads About Obama -- So What Else Is New?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Sept. 8 WorldNetDaily article by Aaron Klein is written in a way to suggest that Barack Obama's statement that Hezbollah and Hamas are "going down a blind alley with violence that weakens their legitimate claims" means that Obama believes that those groups' attacks against Israel are "legitimate."

Obama immediately affirmed Hezbollah is "not a legitimate political party." Instead, "It's a destabilizing organization by any common-sense standard. This wouldn’t happen without the support of Iran and Syria."

He continued by stating Hamas and Hezbollah violence weakens the groups' "legitimate claims."

Hamas' official charter calls for the murder of Jews and destruction of the Jewish state. It also calls for Muslims to "pursue the cause of the Movement (Hamas), all over the globe."

The terror group has carried out scores of deadly suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks against Israelis.

Hezbollah claims it is fighting to liberate its "lands," purportedly referring to the Shebaa Farms, a small piece of territory it says is Lebanese but is being held by Israel. The group regularly makes threats against Israel and has carried out numerous terror attacks targeting Israel and the West, including the U.S.

Klein, of course, has no evidence that Obama sides with Hamas and Hezbollah -- because there isn't any, as he very well knows. Still, that won't stop Klein from rehashing yet again a Hamas official's endorsement of Obama in a radio interview with him, as he does here. Klein claims that Obama "previously was embroiled in controversy" over over the Hamas endorsement without noting that the "controversy" was fabricated by Klein himself, along with right-wing radio host John Batchelor -- we've yet to hear either of them explain why someone from Hamas would speak to someone who is aggressively anti-Hamas or whether the Hamas guy knew he was playing into Klein's and Batchelor's anti-Obama agenda.

UPDATE: Joseph Farah buys into his reporter's false implications:

But I for one would really like to know which of the claims of Hamas and Hezbollah are "legitimate" in the eyes of Barack Obama. I think it's a very important question.

Is it Hamas' belief that the U.S. Rotary and Lions Clubs are secret societies doing the bidding of the International Zionist Conspiracy?

Is it Hamas' institutionalized anti-Semitic strain that runs throughout Hamas ideology, including its charter, which doesn't just call for the destruction of Israel, but for the killing of all Jews?

Is it Hezbollah's view that Israel represents the vanguard of the United States of America in the Middle East – "the hated enemy that must be fought until the hated ones get what they deserve"?

This makes it a little harder for Klein to claim that he wasn't suggesting Obama thinks every evil thing about Hamas and Hezbollah is "legitimate."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:40 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 9:02 AM EDT

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