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February 08, 2003

Hamas Urges Muslims to Hit Back if US Attacks Iraq
On the subject of Arafat and his possible retirement--not to Florida, I am told-- here is another peek at Hamas, the gang that would bring peace, tranquility and a virbrant economy to the Palestinians.
GAZA (Reuters) - The founder of the militant Palestinian group Hamas urged Muslims on Friday to attack Western interests around the world if the United States launches a war on Iraq.

"It's a Crusaders's aggression, a Crusaders's war and an occupation," Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said of a possible U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq.

"Muslims will have to threaten and strike Western interests, and hit them everywhere," Yassin wrote in an open letter.

"As they fight us, we have to fight them and as they threaten our interests, we have to threaten their interests," he said.

Hamas, a fundamentalist Islamic group on the U.S. government's list of terrorist organizations, has killed hundreds of people in suicide bombings in Israel during the 28-month-old Palestinian uprising for statehood.

But the group insists it only operates in Israel and in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and that it does not target Westerners.

Yassin, who brands the United States an enemy, called upon Muslims in the U.S. armed forces to disobey any order to attack Iraq. [more]