January 26, 2006
It would have been wrong not to allow Hamas to participate in the democratic election process. Democracy isn't about exclusion but about empowerment and letting the voice of the people be heard, even (or perhaps especially) if those voices speak of things we would rather not hear. What the Palestinian people have said with this election is that they are unhappy with the way Fatah has been handling things and that they feel that the terror actions of Hamas are more representative of the change that is needed.
Well, the cat's out of the bag now, isn't it?
Asking Hamas to renounce violence is likely to be as effective as asking Hitler to renounce the Final Solution. If it happens at all, it will have no effect on their outlook or their actions. Hamas' raison d'être is the destruction of Israel. They aren't going to renounce it anymore than the U.S. would renounce capitalism or democracy.
Hitler sought the destruction of the Jews and others; Hamas seeks the destruction of Israel. Now that the Palestinian people have chosen Hamas to lead them, there is no doubt that a significant portion of the Palestinian people share the goals of Hamas. That makes them a terrorist state. It's really as simple as that.
There is one positive aspect to the outcome of this election: It spells an end to the "forked tongue" politics that have bedeviled the peace process for so long. There can be no more pretense now that the terrorists actually are in charge. The peace process is likely dead now. And for better or for worse, it may be that this is the beginning of the end … for the Palestinian state.
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