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26 January 2006

Low Fat Vegetarian Hamas

So Hamas won the Palestinian election, giving the militant group 76 of the 132 seats in parliament. Some are shocked by this development. Others not so much.

I guess that's the problem with democracy. Sometimes people in other countries don't vote the way that Israel and the United States want them to. Does this mean that freedom is no longer on the march for democracy's struggle? Or just that we've grossly misunderestimated the people of the Middle East? Or maybe being washed in the soul cleansing blood of democracy won't solve the world's problems after all.

Comments on "Low Fat Vegetarian Hamas"

 

Blogger Streak said ... (1/27/2006 08:35:00 AM) : 

It is a bit of a pickle isn't it? We sell democracy as the solution to terrorism, and then people choose democratically a terrorist organization?

I always watch stuff like this and then really wonder how the rest of the world sees it. Our sources of news are so limited by our American bias.

 

Blogger Jenny said ... (1/27/2006 11:08:00 AM) : 

Does this mean that freedom is no longer on the march for democracy's struggle?

Yes.

I guess that's why Jon Stewart calls this a "heapin' spoonful of be-careful-what-you-wish-for."

 

Blogger dufflehead said ... (1/27/2006 02:15:00 PM) : 

if israel would stay in it's own borders and quit trying to occupy palestine, and if europe and the us would quit helping them, a group such as hamas probably wouldn't exist, or wouldn't inspire the people that truly want to be free.

it's funny how in wanting democracy, what we really want is our best interest, not those of the countries we go into.

 

Blogger Christine said ... (1/27/2006 07:42:00 PM) : 

KEVIN! thank you so much for my CD's! they're amazing. I haven't stopped listening to them.

 

Blogger Marty said ... (1/27/2006 07:45:00 PM) : 

"Or maybe being washed in the soul cleansing blood of democracy won't solve the world's problems after all."

Yep. I believe that's it Wasp.

Obviously this is what the people of Palestine wanted.

Common Dreams has posted an interesting article on Hamas:
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0127-07.htm

 

Blogger Rick's Corner said ... (1/29/2006 03:59:00 PM) : 

This was the best thing to happen in the middle east for some time now. Now we know what the Palestinian people really want. An end to the corruption of the Fatah party, and the ability to say what they really think. Seems that what they think is that they probably don't care too much about putting together a nation. They just want an end to that pesky Israel.

 

Blogger jasdye said ... (1/29/2006 05:08:00 PM) : 

silly wasp jerky,

it's spelled h-u-m-u-s.

 

Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said ... (1/29/2006 06:18:00 PM) : 

I think Hamas's terrorist foundation was irrelevant to voters. Hamas has been very good at delivering relief to Palestinian people, and I suspect they hope Hamas can do the same thing on a grander scale when they form a government.

Of course, it would have been nice if terrorism was an issue, and Palestinians refused to vote for Hamas because of it.

But democracy did not take root in the West overnight. It has been a long road from the publication of the Magna Carta in 1215.

The vote was originally granted only to land-holding males. Later it was extended to males without land, and then to women. In Canada, Indians didn't get the vote until 1960. You might say that's how recent our conversion to full democracy occurred.

I think Hamas is in an interesting situation. For a long time, they resisted forming a political party. And even now, they expected only to be in opposition. They're sticking to their rhetoric. But it's possible that having to govern will slowly shift them toward legitimacy: away from terrorism and their policy that Israel should be wiped out.

That's my prayer, at any rate.

 

Blogger jasdye said ... (1/30/2006 08:01:00 PM) : 

love your new profile pic; it's sooo becoming.

 

Blogger Marcguyver said ... (1/31/2006 02:52:00 PM) : 

Q, some excellent comments there.

Hopefully they will actually do some good for the people they claim to have the best interest of. I have to agree with you that I hope they legitamize themselves by joining the rest of us 'civilized' nations and end their terrorist practices.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (1/31/2006 08:16:00 PM) : 

"I have to agree with you that I hope they legitamize themselves by joining the rest of us 'civilized' nations and end their terrorist practices."

You never know. It worked for a few Israeli prime ministers who were once terrorists.

 

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