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Hamas winning is a good thing.

Reader comment on item: [The Hamas Electoral Victory:] Democracy's Bitter Fruit

Submitted by Paul B (United States), Jan 28, 2006 at 10:10

I am afraid that I cannot see the harm in the Palestinians having pushed Hamas unexpectedly to the fore:

1. Fatah is irretrievably corrupt. There was clearly no way for them to ever represent their people.

2. Hamas now has no skirts to hide behind and no excuses. They are now their own entity with their own "foreign policy" with its attendant responsibilities and risks. If they remain true to their pathological hatred they will precipitate their own extermination. Not a bad thing.

3. If Hamas betrays their Islamist raison d'etre, their own factional fission will destroy them. Adamantine zealots who play diplomatic games before long face their own hard line elements who turn on them as sell-outs. A very good thing.

4. Fatah will not likely go quietly into the night. A Palestinian civil war is long overdue. Sorry, but I believe that this will be a good thing.

I have never felt that there was ever any hope for a "soft landing." The Palestinians who have remained behind are possibly the world's most wretched society – horribly misled, living a fantasy of revenge, indoctrinated with hatred.

Hamas' ascendancy will precipitate the fever breaking…as long as the U.S. doesn't do something stupid like legitimize them.

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