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When democracy becomes inconvenient

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in response to reader comment: It is now Feb 2010, 5 yrs. after the question was asked "Can hamas be democratic?" it is still , NO ! ! !

Submitted by Joshua Issac (United Kingdom), Aug 9, 2012 at 14:56

Bush must have been surprised when Hamas did what was asked of them, and won the election. Ha, let's not pretend that democracy makes any difference. It does not matter whether a government is legitimate (i.e. democratically elected) like Hamas was. It doesn't matter whether a regime brutally oppresses its people, violently crushing all political dissent or whether it gives its people more civil and political freedom than any other country. All that matters is whether it aligns itself with the West, even when doing so is against its people's wishes.

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