The Difference Between Political Hamas and Terrorist Hamas
Palestinian supporters of Hamas hold models
of M75 long-range rockets during a rally to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hamas
Photo Credit: Associated Press/Nasser Ishtayeh
There are two kinds of nations in the world: those like the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and other civilized countries which believe Hamas is a terrorist organization and those like Iran, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other uncivilized countries which do not.
For example, last year in an interview with PBS, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Hamas is not a not a terrorist organization, it is a political party (1).
We even have useful idiots in our own country who refuse to call Hamas a terror group; potential defense secretary Chuck Hagel has refused likewise to designate them appropriately (2).
I have included the following video which explains the problem: there are two organizations of the same name - one is a political party and the other is indeed a terrorist organization.
YouTube, The One About Hamas
I hope that clears up the confusion.
JPost - Middle East, 13 May 2011, Erdogan: ‘Hamas is not a terrorist organization’
“Let me give you a very clear message. I don’t see Hamas as a terror organization. Hamas is a political party. And it is an organization. It is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation. So we should not mix terrorist organizations with such an organization,” Erdogan said.
CNN, 13 Jan 2013, Hagel's wrong on why U.S. supports Israel
Contrary to America's longstanding bipartisan position, Hagel has called for direct talks with terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah. In 2007, Hagel voted against labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the group responsible for the death of many American servicemen in Iraq, a terrorist organization.