The Release

After 4 months in captivity, BBC reporter Alan Johnston was today released by the so-called Army of Islam terrorist group. And he did not waste any time to prove his propaganda worth to the Hamas terrorist group.

“I’m pretty sure that if Hamas hadn’t come in and turned the heat on, I’d still be in that room,” Johnston said.

“Hamas has a huge law and order agenda,” he said. Although the Islamic militant movement was controversial internationally, he said, it “is better at keeping law and order than many would agree. And God knows Gaza needs law and order.”

Of course, it does not seem to bother Johnston that this is the same Hamas that is holding Israeli Gilad Shalit in captivity (or for that matter, the same Hamas that has murdered thousands of innocent Israelis).

In other words, Johnston’s experience has ostensibly not changed his worldview. In his eyes, there are good terrorists and bad terrorists – the latter being those who capture nice pro-palestinians like himself, and the former being those who capture Israelis like Gilad Shalit. I’m sure Jimmy Carter would agree.

And speaking of Gilad Shalit, you might want to recall this fact next time you hear about US, EU, and Israeli plans to bolster Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah.

In an interview aired Wednesday night, Army of Islam deputy commander Abu Mutha’ana said, “We at Army of Islam made the preparations for operation ‘Dissipating Illusion,’ which was carried out in cooperation with the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and the Popular Resistance Committees Salah a-Din. We kidnapped Gilad Shalit and handed him over to Hamas.”


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media