Hamas, Fatah and the Elusive Mustache!

by Ryan on August 3, 2008

in International Relations,Israel,Religion,War on Terror

Of course, Hamas is the instigator here, shaving the mustaches of Fatah prisoners or dissodents in public in order to humiliate them.  I know the whole cultural thing about facial hair in that part of the world, but I would not be surprised if lack of a mustache could get you killed in Gaza one day. 

A few questions come to mind, however:  before performing jihad and getting to rape those afterlife virgins, isn’t it prescribed that one shaves off any excess hair?  Could (by some interpretation) facial hair be considered “excess” hair in that regard?  If so, doesn’t this act put these members of Fatah on a fast track to wear that snug and hardly-noticeable suicide belt faster than those Hamas folks could, say, if they wanted to blow up Jews or Hamas members?  And ultimately, isn’t that an unfair advantage which could backfire on Hamas one day?  If that all follows, I’m not sure Hamas quite thought this renewed policy through fully. 

Either way, sarcasm aside, there seems something very 7th Century about this whole thing.  It is clear that Fatah, by cooperating with Israel and the West, is in a much better position to achieve independence than Hamas, who continues to be violent obstructionists with their sights set squarely on the mustaches of their enemies for the purpose of humiliation and degradation.  I just don’t think that’s a winning strategy in the long-run. 

Reuters photo.

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