Isn’t the thinking that “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims”? That’s what our local authority, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, scrawled on the inside of the SS Minnow.
So, Imam Dzhokhar, what are we to make of so many Muslims attacking so many more Muslims?
Eighteen rockets and mortars rounds from Syria slammed into Lebanon on Saturday, the largest cross-border salvo to hit a Hezbollah stronghold since Syrian rebels threatened to retaliate for the Lebanese terror group’s armed support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On Sunday two rockets exploded in a Hezbollah-controlled area of Beirut.
The rockets targeted the Baalbek region, the latest sign that Syria’s civil war is increasingly destabilizing Lebanon. On Friday, the Lebanese parliament decided to put off general elections, originally scheduled for June, by 17 months, blaming a deteriorating security situation in the country.
In Qatar, an influential Sunni Muslim cleric whose TV show is watched by millions across the region, fanned the sectarian flames ignited by the Syria conflict and urged Sunnis everywhere to join the fight against Assad.
“I call on Muslims everywhere to help their brothers be victorious,” Yusuf al-Qaradawi said in his Friday sermon in the Qatari capital of Doha. “If I had the ability I would go and fight with them.”
“Everyone who has the ability and has training to kill … is required to go,” said al-Qaradawi, who is in his 80s. “We cannot ask our brothers to be killed while we watch.”
He denounced Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, as “more infidel than Christians and Jews” and Shiite Muslim Hezbollah as “the party of the devil.”
This would be popcorn-worthy if Israel weren’t in the front row of the audience.
A senior Israeli military officer said on Thursday the IDF tracks every heavy missile fired in the Syrian civil war, keen to study Damascus’s combat doctrines and deployments, and ready to fend off a feared first attack on Israeli territory.
Colonel Tzvika Haimovich of the air defense corps said southward launches against Syrian insurgents by President Assad’s forces gave Israel mere seconds in which to determine it was not the true target – a distinction that could prove crucial in warding off an unprecedented regional conflagration.
“Syria’s batteries are in a high state of operability, ready to fire at short notice. All it would take is a few degrees’ change in the flight path to endanger us,” he told Reuters in an interview at the air base in Palmachim, south of Tel Aviv.
In a related story:
The British Daily Telegraph reports that Hamas, which rules Gaza, is paying a heavy price in lost aid over its assistance to the rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Iran has made a meaningful cut in its aid to Hamas, which had previously reached amounts as large as 15 million Australian dollars per month.
Iran is Syria’s most important strategic prop and is involved in defending Assad’s regime by sending Revolutionary Guard forces, Hizbullah fighters and Shiite Iraqi forces to fight the rebels. The assistance is crucial to Assad, who has been facing great difficulty in the civil war, which is now 2.5 years old.
So, Iran is defending Assad, yet also funds Hezbollah and Hamass, one of which defends Assad, one of which attacks him. And it all seems to boil down to the old Sunni-Shiite feud spreading across borders and with more-destrcutive weapons (including nerve gas).
On second thought, I will make that popcorn.
PS: We’ve reported on al-Qaradari several times before, as early as 2007, and as recently as seven weeks ago.