Yes, look back over the past 25 years, it is easy to see the arc and ascent of evil over the past 25 years. 25 years ago, annihilationists, genocidal jihadists and their enablers were despised and relegated to the outer fringe of civilization. Today, they drive the UN, the EU, and increasingly, WH policy.
The bad guys are now the good guys, and the good guys are now the bad guys. What a world. What a way to lose a war.
"Thousands gather in Gaza to celebrate 25 years of Hamas" BBC
Khaled Meshaal rallies Gazans on Hamas anniversary
Hamas's political leader Khaled Meshaal has told tens of thousands of people marking the 25th anniversary of the Palestinian Islamist group's founding that it will not recognise Israel.
In a fiery speech during his first ever visit to Gaza, he said Palestinians would not cede any part of their land.
Mr Meshaal's visit follows a ceasefire that ended days of violence between Israel and Hamas last month.
He is due to talk of reconciliation with its Palestinian rival, Fatah.
Hamas removed Fatah from Gaza by force in 2007 after winning elections there. Fatah governs parts of the West Bank.'Made in Gaza'
The BBC's Yolande Knell in Gaza City says the event was intended to send a message that, after 25 years, Hamas is a force to be reckoned with.
- Founded in 1987; Hamas is an Arabic acronym for Islamic Resistance Movement
- Bitterly opposed 1993 peace deal between Palestinians and Israel
- Military wing became infamous for using suicide attacks as a strategy
- Political wing won landslide election victory in Gaza in 2006, and forced out rivals Fatah
- Fought two conflicts with Israel in 2006 and 2012 costing lives of almost 1,500 Palestinians
It enjoys support in Gaza and feels it is gaining regional political influence after the Arab uprisings brought new Islamist governments to power, she adds.
Tens of thousands of Gazans made their way to the rally at the al-Qatiba complex west of Gaza City to hear the speech by Mr Meshaal.
"As long as Palestine is ours and Palestine is the land of Arabism and Islam, we can never recognise the legitimacy of Israel's occupation of it," he told supporters.
"There is no legitimacy for occupation. Hence, there is no legitimacy for Israel, however long time lasts."
The centrepiece of Saturday's rally in Gaza City was a huge replica of a type of rocket Hamas militants fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the conflict with Israel last month. It has Made in Gaza written on it.
Some 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed in the eight-day engagement and Hamas presented Saturday's event as a victory rally.
Ahmed Shaheen, attending the rally with his children, told Reuters: "This is a day of victory. The presence of Khaled Meshaal is a sign of this victory."\ Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (L) is on his first trip to Gaza
Huge portraits of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Ahmed Jabari, the military commander assassinated in an Israeli strike on 14 November, framed the stage.