Thursday, January 26, 2006
Hamas sweeps to victory in Palestinian elections, winning a clear majority. The vote was called free and fair and an "expression of the will of the Palestinian people" by international observers, though the Jerusalem Post calls the result a terrorist regime, saying "It is hard to consider an election free when the voters go to the polls at gunpoint." Would they say the same of the Iraq elections? Or consider their own guns, which are frequently fired at Hamas targets? Western governments are reported to be stunned, which is possible only if they know nothing about Palestine. Bush says simply that he won't deal with hamas until it renounces violence - I'm waiting for Hamas to say the same to the U.S. Hamas leaders now have some decisions to make. Submitted on January 26, 2006 4:38 p.m. by StephenDownes.
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