On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times opinion pages featured a face-off on the prospect of a declaration of Palestinian statehood between our friend John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and Mousa Abu Marzook, a founder of Hamas. Their competing op-eds here.
This was akin to giving equal time to the director of the FBI and the head of Cosa Nostra. Marzook is the most important Muslim Brotherhood operative ever stationed in the U.S. I discuss him in some detail in The Grand Jihad. During his 14 years here, which ended when he was deported in 1994, he actually ran Hamas (the terrorist organization that is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch) from his home in Virginia. This was in the early 90s, during the Intifada. He also had a hand in the establishment of many of the Islamist organizations with which we are familiar today. The Islamist infrastructure he helped build here was the foundation of the Justice Department’s successful terrorism financing prosecution against the Holy Land Foundation for funneling millions of dollars to Palestinian terrorists.
And — I know you won’t believe this, but I’ll mention it anyway — none of this information is given to readers of the LA Times. It is as if having Marzook on their editorial pages is no different from having your average Middle East studies professor from any American university. Sadly, that’s probably true.