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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hamas Wins Big

Much will be written in the coming days over this development but, as I have said before, people for the most part get the government they deserve...good, bad or indifferent. I and many others have also said that the majority of Arab/Muslims do not, and never will, accept the existence of a Jewish state and therefore would not enter willingly into a legitimate process of negotiations for a lasting peace based upon co-existence. Well, there you have it. The Palestinians appear to have overwhelming backed a group whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, has carried out untold numbers of suicide bombings, and have said they oppose peace talks and will not disarm. Israel, the United States and the European Union have classified Hamas as a terrorist organization. Is there anything else you need to know? Richard Chesnoff's column is worth a read on this subject. Oh, yeah. And Iran vows to put Israel into an "eternal coma." UPDATE: I keep adding to this post as I come across more information. Read here for pronouncements by Hamas that "Negotiations with Israel is not on our agenda" ... "recognizing Israel is not on the agenda either now." It is disappointing that the ascendency of a group like Hamas can send "shockwaves." Why should there be any expectation (if you have been paying attention and not cocooned within your soft, liberal, anti-war, give peace a chance myopic world) that something other than what has happened would happen? On what set of facts would you support the proposition that any Arab/Muslim political organ would take a position different than that taken by Hamas? Different point, same subject matter: This is the risk run with free elections and at least some semblance of a democratic process. However, although some will say this is a rebuke to the concept of regime change and nation building, I tend to differ and here's why. Simply put, there is legitimacy to the argument that we cannot blame subjects for the acts of their dictators (case in point: North Korea) and therefore must tread lightly. On the other hand, if citizens freely and overwhelmingly elect a terrorist organization to lead them, when the sanctions are imposed, or the fighting starts, don't claim victimhood and call for sympathy.

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