Hugh Hewitt, in a crazed desperation to keep Ron Paul from victory in the Iowa caucuses stated that anyone who claims that Israel supported HAMAS is crazy. Therefore Paul is crazy. (Hour 1, December 27, 2011. No link or transcript available from Hugh Hewitt.com)
While this blog has no truck for Paul, it does have an ongoing problem with Hewitt's support for amnesty, and his support for real crazy people, like Mike Allen, Chris Cilliza, and Erwin Chemerinsky, welfare cheat shyster law school dean using taxpayer money to support radical left wing causes. This is one of Hewitt's supposed "Smart Guys."
But from the WSJ on the early Israeli support for HAMAS:
WSJ January 24, 2009 by Andrew HigginsSurveying the wreckage of a neighbor's bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile's trajectory back to an "enormous, stupid mistake" made 30 years ago."Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel's creation," says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel's destruction.Instead of trying to curb Gaza's Islamists from the outset, says Mr. Cohen, Israel for years tolerated and, in some cases, encouraged them as a counterweight to the secular nationalists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its dominant faction, Yasser Arafat's Fatah. Israel cooperated with a crippled, half-blind cleric named Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, even as he was laying the foundations for what would become Hamas. Sheikh Yassin continues to inspire militants today; during the recent war in Gaza, Hamas fighters confronted Israeli troops with "Yassins," primitive rocket-propelled grenades named in honor of the cleric...When Israel first encountered Islamists in Gaza in the 1970s and '80s, they seemed focused on studying the Quran, not on confrontation with Israel. The Israeli government officially recognized a precursor to Hamas called Mujama Al-Islamiya, registering the group as a charity. It allowed Mujama members to set up an Islamic university and build mosques, clubs and schools. Crucially, Israel often stood aside when the Islamists and their secular left-wing Palestinian rivals battled, sometimes violently, for influence in both Gaza and the West Bank."When I look back at the chain of events I think we made a mistake," says David Hacham, who worked in Gaza in the late 1980s and early '90s as an Arab-affairs expert in the Israeli military. "But at the time nobody thought about the possible results."
Blowback is a bitch, but the real issue is that not only is Hewitt wrong, Israel did help HAMAS as a counterweight to the PLO, but the issue of Hewitt claiming that if you are wrong on the facts, you are crazy. Well, this first makes Hewitt crazy. But Hewitt is notorious for his support for real crazy people who really do believe in ahistorical facts, specifically his "Smart Guy" Chemerinsky. Chemerinsky thinks that our Founding Fathers and the writers of the 14th Amendment supported abortion. Of course there is nothing in history or law that suggests any such thing. Abortion was a common law crime at the time of the Founding and both a common law crime as well as statutorily prohibited in many States at the time the 14th Amendment was written, passed Congress, and was ratified by the States. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying. And by Hewitt's definition quite crazy. One may support abortion, but one may not claim with honesty that it is protected by the Constitution.
Anyone knows that Paul will thankfully not win the Republican nomination for President. So just why is Hewitt so desperate on the Paul issue? Does he really think that Paul is a threat? It is hard to tell. But his desperation is palpable.
Most likely this is related to his continuing effort to be a gatekeeper for what is acceptable discourse in public for the right. Hewitt has claimed that any talk of Obama being a Marxist is unacceptable and was out in front defending Obama on not releasing his birth certificate. Without any evidence prior to the release of the birth certificate caused by The Donald, Hewitt was absolute on his prohibitions on discussing the issue. Similarly, Hewitt is a big supporter of amnesty, just not for criminals or terrorists. As if the last amnesty did not also have a similar prohibition that was not very effective.