Every Islamic terrorist group is moderate because somewhere there's a worse bunch of monsters.
Every Islamic terrorist group is moderate because somewhere, somehow, there's a worse bunch of monsters out there.
A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.
The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, came as Israeli ministers signaled that a comprehensive deal to end the 20-day-old conflict in the Gaza Strip appeared remote.
Flynn disparaged Hamas for exhausting finite resources and know-how to build tunnels that have helped them inflict record casualties on Israelis. Still, he suggested that destroying Hamas was not the answer.
"If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse," Flynn said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
"A worse threat that would come into the sort of ecosystem there … something like ISIS," he added, referring to the Islamic State, which last month declared an "Islamic caliphate" in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS is already there. Hamas praised the original head of Al Qaeda in Iraq. All it would take for Hamas to join ISIS is a pledge of allegiance.
This isn't likely to happen because Hamas is part of the Muslim Brotherhood's network. However Al Qaeda is run by Muslim Brotherhood members.
None of that makes much of a difference because they differ somewhat on tactics, not on goals. Both are working toward totalitarian Islamic theocracies. The Muslim Brotherhood is a arguably a more dangerous long term enemy because it's subtler.
ISIS taking over Gaza might not be a bad thing, because Israel might finally have the authorization to clean house.
But at that point, we would suddenly discover that ISIS are moderates compared to a new Islamist terror group, at which point we would have to turn to ISIS as our new moderate alternative.
That's what happens when you embrace the madness of moderate Islamic terrorists.