Thursday, January 26, 2006

Oh, s**t

Hamas has apparently won in Palestine.

The Palestinian prime minister and Cabinet resigned. Israel and America have both refused to negotiate with an armed Hamas, yet they now run the government, thanks to a free democratic election.

As we discussed in my Mideast politics class at Michigan back in 2004, this was our worst nightmare. Hamas gained traction amongst Palestinians for its social services (they build hospitals and daycare centers) and it makes it hard for us to say we won't negotiate with a freely elected government. Bush wanted to spread democracy in the region, but what does he do when he doesn't get the desired result?

Like it or not, a terrorist group just got elected to run a nascent nation, and we have to find a way to deal with them, because they won on our terms. The nasty question here is: Is this a precursor to Iraq's future?


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