“There is a war going on in the Middle East, and members of Hamas are soldiers in that war”
CNN is also reporting on the controversy and they have the same quote with expanded context:
Asked if he would oppose the Israeli policy of selectively killing leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups, Dean said, “I think no one likes to see violence of any kind.”
But he also said that “there is a war going on in the Middle East, and members of Hamas are soldiers in that war, and, therefore, it seems to me that they are going to be casualties if they are going to make war.”So the front-runner for the Democratic nomination thinks we should not take sides in the Mideast, and that Hamas is a military organization. Even the EU knows that Hamas is a terrorists organization from top to bottom.