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Legitimization is a Resolution

Reader comment on item: Don't deal with terrorists

Submitted by Jason (United States), Jan 26, 2006 at 01:11

Dear Sir,

I take issue with your recent editorial on USATODAY.com arguing that Hamas should not be recognized politically if it wins seats in the Palestinian elections on Wednesday. Efforts to join the political process by any armed group, with the prospect that violence or hostilities may end as a result, should be a goal that all states welcome.

Additionally, if Hamas agrees to work within the political parameters agreed upon by all sides, and minimally democratic inaguration is achieved, any foreign policy that dictates not negotiating with (former) terrorists would only serve to fuel the conflict. By refusing to recognize a legitimately elected political group, we damage not only our own reputation as a democracy, but those of all democracies.

Jason R. Jensen

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