There is something fundamentally wrong with the Democratic Party and the progressive-left in its understanding of political Islam. They seem to have no historical understanding of the movement or where it comes from, nor any understanding of the extent or significance of its current activities throughout the Middle East.
This is true, however, only if we assume that the party and the movement actually oppose the rise of political Islam.
This is a shaky proposition, at best.
Today, much to my astonishment, CNN has published the transcript of a conversation between California congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, and CNN correspondent Candy Crowley.
In this transcript Pelosi says this:
We have to support the Palestinians and what they need. And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization...It is a rather unusual conclusion to an exchange between the two and, to be fair, just because Qataris told Pelosi that Hamas is a humanitarian organization, this does not automatically mean that she believes them. Of course, one must wonder just what she was thinking, therefore, when she raised the point with Crowley, to begin with. The clear and obvious implication is that Pelosi is sympathetic to that point of view.
If this is the case it can only mean that Pelosi believes that a genocidal organization that calls specifically for the slaughter of the Jewish people can be a "humanitarian organization." Either that or she is so woefully ignorant of the Middle East and Israel that she should very definitely remain silent on the matter.
I suspect the latter.