The U.S. empire is in decline and will fall because of the country’s “immorality,” promotion of “open sexuality,” and political “injustice,” says Mahmoud al-Zahar, the chief of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Speaking with reporter Aaron Klein, Zahar also predicted the rise of China and India as new world superpowers. He welcomed and blessed the revolution in Egypt that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, with whom the U.S. had a strong and supportive relationship up to the day the revolution began.
After claiming that Americans "live like animals," Zahar went on to deem the Egytian Muslim Brotherhood - the largest organized opposition in Cairo - the “most moderate organization, the most democratic organization, even more than the Western people.” Hamas is an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate in Egypt.
Zahar was speaking by phone from Gaza to Jerusalem-based reporter Aaron Klein on Klein’s investigative program on New York’s WABC Radio.
This was the Hamas chieftain’s first public comments on the recent chaos in Egypt. He predicted America’s downfall because “any state without morality will not survive. Morality is not only having money. Morality is having justice… Look to the British empire. Look to the French empire. Look to the German power. What was the cause of their destruction? Their immoralities. So I am not here fabricating or inventing a story or a theory. This is well known."
He slammed U.S. culture while upholding Islamic Shariah law as the template for a moral society: “Your [American] style is very bad style, is animal style. Life like animals. You have one husband but you have fifty thousand female girlfriends. And you have, the woman has one husband and has many boyfriends. This is the animal style, this is not the human style. The human style has one family, one husband, or two or three [wives] according to our tradition if she [the first wife] has no chance to deliver or to have pregnancy, or if she is sick or so on.”
He did not mention Chapter 4, verse 34 of the Koran, which states, “As for those [wives] from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them.”
Zahar pointed to Hamas’ official television network, Al Aqsa TV, as espousing proper Islamic tradition and music, as opposed to the immodesty seen on American TV – though, again, he did not discuss the morality of the Hamas station’s espousal of violence and hatred against Israel and Jews.
“We produce film, we produce songs, but it's committed to our morality, not to your style,” Zahar said. He also castigated the U.S. for its “injustice” against minorities, saying, “Ask the Christian people in Egypt and the Christian people in Gaza about the Islamic law, that is the only law that protected the minority whether they are Jews or Christian.”
Klein confronted Zahar about reports of persecution of Christians in Gaza under the rule of Hamas, but Zahar countered that these were isolated cases.