Sunday, December 18, 2005

Hamas Elections: Stop and Think Before You React

If Others Disrespect Me Or Give Me Flack
I'll Stop And Think Before I React
Knowing That They're Going Through Insecure Stages
I'll Take The Opportunity To Exercise Patience
I'll See It As A Chance To Help The Other Person
Nip It In The Bud Before It Can Worsen
--Beastie Boys

No one doubts that Hamas is a dangerous party in the West Bank, but confronting the group through a political arena might be a good thing:
JERUSALEM: Israel on Sunday renewed its campaign for Hamas to be barred from running in next month’s Palestinian parliamentary polls after the Islamist group’s strong showing in last week’s local elections.

Ron Prosor, director general of the foreign ministry, urged the European Union to follow the example of the US House of Representatives which passed a resolution on Friday that Hamas should not be permitted to participate in Palestinian polls until it recognises the Jewish state’s right to exist.

...So others disagree, I see. But, this doesn't help the optics of the situation where the US and EU are meddling in the internal democratic (to an extent) politics of a arab population.

Seriously though, if the EU and US want to confront this group, reasoning out and debating the policies (murderous and psycho) of Hamas within a political dialogue might spell the end of the movement. If confronted with a political opponent that can articulate the stupidity and counter-intuitive attacks against Israel, there might be an opportunity to shut down the organization through political means.

Just a thought.

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