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Hamas Victory

Started by Lee_S, 01/26/2006 07:53AM
Posted 01/26/2006 07:53AM Opening Post
It looks like Hamas has emerged as the big victor in the recent Palestinian elections.

Much of our foreign policy in the Middle East hinges upon the thought that spreading democracy will lead to more peace and less violence. It is believed that free people won't vote to support terrorism and war.

Since, a major terrorist group just won, what are the prospects for peace in the Middle East now?

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Posted 01/26/2006 08:45AM #1
Lee Spain said:
Much of our foreign policy in the Middle East hinges upon the thought that spreading democracy will lead to more peace and less violence.
Welcome to the 21st Century. Advocates of peace, restraint or moderation are generally considered to be 'weak'. This is true there as much as it is here. Militancy and religious conviction are generally regarded as signs of strength and decisiveness.
Posted 01/26/2006 03:36PM #2
Makes minimal difference. Primarily, the Palestinians are unwilling to recognize Israel, and Israel is reluctant to remove settlements out of the West Bank.

Rob
Posted 01/27/2006 06:02AM #3
I've heard a couple of analysts cast it this way: that, in addition to its less savory activities, Hamas has been supportive of poor Palestinians with food distribution, running schools, supporting the families of dead fighters, and other 'making the trains run on time' types of activities. The previous government had distinguished itself with corruption and tribalism. It wasn't so much the struggle with Israel that determined the outcome....it was the failure of simple acts of governance.

If true, there's a lesson here for those who would try to influence other contries by force of arms rather than by economic and social means.

Tim Iafolla
Posted 01/27/2006 11:32AM #4
Hi Lee,

That Hamas won in the election was not really surprising. Much of the international media had been talking about what Hamas had been doing for the local people for months. It appears that while Fatah was more interested in lining its own pockets, Hamas actually was doing things for the people such as electricity, food, water, etc. This was bound to make them popular with the people. A real savy policy when there is an election looming.

Now that they have won power, things could get real interesting. They will have to make a choise. Either they continue with their "Death to Israel" policy, risking help from the west and another war in the middle east, or they give up that policy and renounce terrorism and become a legimate government. Either way, it could get very interesting while they try to make up their minds.

One other point to consider, is that in the eyes of many of the Palestinians, Hamas is not a terrorist organization. The are freedom fighters battling to regain their occupied homeland. They will have to decide if they will be better off and gain more by peace.

It would seem like the whole middle east is at a crossroad now.

Cheers,

Maurice

PS: I have been away for a couple of days. What happened here!!???

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