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Hamas victory and elections

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

Submitted by Vinodgupt (United States), Jan 27, 2006 at 11:50

Time has come for the world to come to terms with reality. Whether by the bullet or by the ballot, Islamic societies choose to live by edicts of the Koran.

So it is no wonder that Hamas which is committed to govern by the Koran was big victor in the elections as have been other pro-Islamic parties in other Islamic countries. In some Islamic societies, hard core Islamist parties might not have won but still the State policy has been in accordance with the Koran and the West did not have any problem in dealing with the countries which were totally subscribed to the rule according to the sharia. Scholars tend to forget that Pakistan -- an Islamic republic was created by election (its formation was pretty much decided by the election of 1946 when the Muslims of erstwhile India overwhelmingly voted for the Muslim League's agenda of partition) in a democratic way but soon after its creation it made sure that almost all of its non-Muslim popuilation was killed, converted or expelled from within its borders thus reducing its Hindu population from around 25% to less than 3% in a matter of few months.

The Hindus of what became Pakistan had lived there ever since the dawn of humaity and that was the only home they had ever known. In a conservative estimate around a million were killed and fifteen million uprooted from their hearths. The world has never shed a tear for the Hindus then and neither does it today when the Hindus are being hounded out of Kashmir -- again the only homeland they have ever known. The Hindus have learnt to live with it. It seems to the rest of the world Hindus don't matter. Not being people of any Book their lives are an open game.

I hope the victory of Hamas and the fear it has generated will make the world take stock and think if the Hamas is the only "radical" Muslim group?

One more point -- what is "radical" Islam and what is Islam? How do the two differ? What does "radical" Islam do that is not contained in Islam?

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