Pipes has frequently written about ideological battles and I tend to side with him that the Islamists are not fighting to free themselves to establish a democratic stronghold. They are fighting to try and re-establish the Islamic caliphate.
The obvious question is how is Hamas going to try and act upon this.
Pipes continues by listing a couple more examples of men who could have committed terrorist acts here in the U.S. and that Hamas could attack America at will. The reality is that any group or person can attack America at will. I am not real pleased with that kind of approach because it is like saying that smog hurts children, it is obvious.
The real question here is one of policy. What is the best method of handling Hamas. Do we try to co-opt them by making them into political players or do we handle them as a simple terrorist group.
From my perch I am always going to be concerned about trying to fight an ideological war when we are not working on defeating the ideology. That may sound strange, but if you are fighting someone who is willing to die for their beliefs you have a tremendous problem because some of the normal deterrents are less effective.
So you need to find other methods to weaken their will and hopefully redirect their beliefs so that they no longer view violence as an acceptable tool to use to achieve their goals.