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Hizballah: Equal Opportunity Terrorists

At The Tank on National Review Online, I added a few thoughts on the 'news' that Hizballah is paying Palestinians to attack Israel. In part, I took aim at the popularly held myth that Sunni terrorists and Shi'a terrorists - and the states that sponsor them - do not and will not cooperate in significant ways.

Yes, serious theological differences exist and will remain between Shia and Sunni terrorist groups. But we dare not discount the level of cooperation among them against a common foe, be it America, Israel, or other Western nations.

That, of course, was the whole point of the Sudan conferences that took place in the aftermath of the Gulf War. Sunni and Shia terrorist groups and the states that sponsor them were brought together by the Pope of Terrorism, Sudan's Hassan al-Turabi, and urged to shelve their differences and cooperate against their common American and Israeli enemies. Present were delegations from Hamas, Hizballah, and the states of Iran, Iraq, and Sudan, as well as bin Laden and what would later become al-Qaeda and others. (See Tom Joscelyn's Pope of Terrorism Part I and Part II at The Weekly Standard.)

So today's report that Hizballah has been paying Palestinians to attack Israel comes to most of us as no surprise, and not even a new development. They have not only been paying Palestinian terrorists of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, they have armed them, trained them and coordinated attacks with them. Sunni and Shia alike.

Their war is against Crusaders and Jews, as al-Qaeda put it bluntly in their 1996 formative fatwa. While they maintain their differences and still fight amongst themselves, they will settle their larger scores later. For now, cooperation is possible. And you are their target.

Consider the words of Zakariya Zubeidi, a young Sunni al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commander who laid out the cooperation between Shi'a Hizballah and Palestinian terrorists of both Sunni and Shi'a faiths.

“Without the help of our brothers in Hezbollah we could not have continued our struggle. They give us money and weapons. We coordinate our military operations.”

That was nearly three years ago. Hizballah (and Iranian) payment for Palestinian attacks on Israel is far from news.

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