Friday, January 27, 2006

Hamas

Still a very confusing situation in Palestine at the mo.

Right now, it seems that the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is staying and that Hamas will be doing deals politically with him, but refuse to touch his Fatah faction.
Israel and the US are saying that they won't talk to Hamas until they renounce violence (Hamas that is, for any smartarses out there ;)

It's disturbing that the Palestinians have chosen a fanatically religious terrorist group as their political masters, but that's the Achilles' Heel of Democracy, the people aren't necessarily good at making good choices (see our lot, for example) all the time. And it will be interesting to see what the EU does now as regards Hamas' terrorist listing. The US is the sort of country that can keep refusing to talk to them, but the EU has the habit of talking (and funding) almost everyone on the planet. And Brussels is a lot more weak willed when it comes to Palestine than Washington, for good or bad.

What I can say definitively is that if Hamas are going to follow the political route to sorting out their aims, then there are several key concepts that come with that.

-Respect other democratic governments. And all governments if you can.
-All States are equal.
-Israel exists.
-Terrorism is even less acceptable by governments than by terrorists.
-Israel can still kick the shit out of you.

Oh, and they can work the colour green better than we do. A nice shade, I think!

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