"Hamas is a client of Iran. Gaza now constitutes the farthest reach of the archipelago of Iranian proxies: Hamas in Palestine, Hizbullah in Lebanon, the Mahdi army (among others) in Iraq and the Alawite regime of Syria.
This Islamist mini-replica of the Comintern is at war not just with Israel but with the moderate Arab states, who finally woke up to this threat last summer when they denounced Hezbollah for provoking the Lebanon war with Israel. The fall of Gaza is particularly terrifying to Egypt because Hamas is so closely affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the chief Islamist threat to the secular-nationalist regime that has ruled Egypt since the revolution of 1952. Which is why Egypt has just invited Israeli, Jordanian and moderate Palestinian leaders to a summit next week — pointedly excluding and isolating Hamas." Krauthammer
I won’t quibble with Dr. Krauthammer over his characterization of all those governments and movements as mere "proxies" for Iran however inadequate that categorization is. Relationships in "the region" are not that simple.
In many ways these states and groups are making use of Iran as much as they are being made use of. Symbiotic relationships like this are hard to classify in the simplistic way that he is doing it here. Often a supposed "client" has so much agenda of its own that to describe it that way is meaningless. When I was in government, (oh happy day of my deliverance), I used to hear people from the proto-neocon group describe Iraq, Syria, or Egypt as "clients" of the USSR. That was absurd because the Soviet Union was never able to control these countries in the ways implied by the "C" word. Yemen is a good example today. If GWB and his crew think that Salih is under their control because he "strokes" them and takes their money, they are sadly misled (by him).
The use of the word "Comintern" continues the neocon/Bush crew IO propaganda theme that the Islamicate civilization is rising like the phoenix from the ashes of its previous clashes with the West (sounds a bit tolkienesque) to consolidate itself into a massive state power which will be an existential threat to, what, "The Shire?" This is drivel, but the idea appeals to those who treasure vaguely understood half truths about the Saracen Menace. In furthering that theme, the neocon/Bush crew are trying hard to stitch together in popular imagination an image of the Saracen Menace united in all its variety behind the banners of Iran. This is a massive undertaking for any propagandist or group of propagandists, but their previous successes were so great that they are encouraged to make the attempt. Will they succeed? Who can tell?
The takfiri jihadis ARE a menace, but they are a menace best dealt with by stealth and guile. pl