Friday, October 17, 2008

Hamas Prime Minister: America's Economic Turmoil is "Divine Punishment"

Via the Jerusalem Post: Haniyeh: America's economic turmoil is 'divine punishment'

The current economic turmoil in the US is "divine punishment," Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday.

During a sermon before Muslim prayers at a Gaza City mosque, Haniyeh said God was chastising America for its support of the Israeli-led blockade imposed on Gaza.

Haniyeh said God's punishment would also extend to America's allies.

Fascinating. I'm interested in Mr. Haniyeh's scholarly analysis of the simultaneous crash of oil prices. Hamas' financial patron Iran has 10% of the world's proven oil reserves and is the second largest oil exporter on earth. That oil has lost more than half it's value since July 2008. Perhaps Allah is punishing Iran because Ahmadinejad has not been sufficiently zealous in hastening the advent of the Mahdi.

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