I have to say I was quite amazed to read that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said of the conflict in Chechnya that it was "Russia's internal problem." Hamas model themselves as a movement which tries to unify Muslims everywhere and in its covenant expresses many things which make Mashaal's comments deeply hypocritical.
"On this basis, the Movement should be viewed and evaluated, and its role be recognised. He who denies its right, evades supporting it and turns a blind eye to facts, whether intentionally or unintentionally, would awaken to see that events have overtaken him and with no logic to justify his attitude." This is what the Hamas covenant says about Muslims who do not aid or support 'Islamic resistance'.
Article Ten of the covenant says,"As the Islamic Resistance Movement paves its way, it will back the oppressed and support the wronged with all its might. It will spare no effort to bring about justice and defeat injustice, in word and deed, in this place and everywhere it can reach and have influence therein."
So Mashaal do we feel that was achieved by saying that Chechnya is "Russia's internal problem"?
I think the hypocrisy of the global Islamist movement is laid bare for all to see.