From Atlas Shrugs

President Hussein is floating the “let’s talk to the annihilationists” idea, using the usual cast of American hating, Jew hating suspects. Those of us who have been following the ascent of the anointed one warned of this for eighteen months and suffered the slings and arrows of right wing nuttery.

Hamas Charter: This is the Charter of the Islamic Resistance (Hamas) which will reveal its face, unveil its identity, state its position, clarify its purpose, discuss its hopes, call for support to its cause and reinforcement, and for joining its ranks. For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails. Thus we shall perceive them approaching in the horizon, and this will be known before long: “Allah has decreed: Lo! I very shall conquer, I and my messenger, lo! Allah is strong, almighty.”

How can Pres Hussein evade the long history of Hamas’ anti-semitism and murder? It’s time to choose, and this is tragic for the Jews. The first paragraph of the Hamas charter:

When the Palestinian intifada began in December 1987, Hamas produced a leaflet which read: “O all the people, men and women. O our children: the Jews – brothers of the apes, assassins of the prophets, bloodsuckers, warmongers – are murdering you, depriving you of life after having plundered your homeland and your homes. Only Islam can break the Jews and destroy their dream.”
The Hamas charter views the Jews as diabolical and deserving of slaughter. “World Zionism” is cast as controlling all the puppet-governments of the world and responsible for every war throughout history.  “The Jews stood behind the French and the communist revolutions”, “The Jews stood behind World War I, so as to wipe out the Islamic Caliphate”, “The Jews stood behind World War II where they collected immense benefits from trading with war materials”, “The Jews inspired the establishment of the United Nations and Security Council … in order to rule the world by their intermediary”, “There was no war that broke out anywhere without their fingerprints on it”?  (more here)
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Some well-known former U.S. officials, including a few who endorsed or advised President Obama during the campaign, have sent a letter to the president encouraging him to talk to Hamas. 
The Boston Globe reported earlier this month that  former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker — who is an adviser to the White House but on the economy, not foreign policy — and former national security advisers Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski — whose endorsement was sought by Obama and who served as a surrogate for the candidate on a conference call for Democrats Abroad —  are “urging the Obama administration to talk with leaders of Hamas to determine whether the militant group can be persuaded to disarm and join a peaceful Palestinian government, a major departure from current US policy.”
Also among the nine signatories was former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who traveled to the Middle East with Obama last summer.Other names included “former House International Relations Committee chairman Lee Hamilton, a Democrat; former United Nations ambassador Thomas Pickering from the first Bush administration; former World Bank president James Wolfensohn; former U.S. trade representative in the Ford administration Carla Hills; Theodore Sorensen, former special counsel to President John F. Kennedy; and former Republican senator … Nancy Kassebaum Baker.”

Talking to Hamas, which the State Department has designated a terrorist organization, would mark a dramatic reversal for the US government. Longstanding US policy has stipulated that before engaging in any talks, Hamas must renounce violence, recognize Israel, and agree to all previous agreements signed by Palestinian negotiators

“I see no reason not to talk to Hamas,” said Scowcroft, who was national security adviser to President George H.W. Bush.

Siegman said the letter, which was handed to Obama by Volcker but has not been made public, said the administration should “at least explore the possibility” that Hamas, which took control of the Palestinian territory of Gaza after elections in 2006, might be willing to transition into a purely political party and join with its rival, Fatah, which holds the Palestinian presidency in the West Bank. …

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