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In victory brings the responsibilities of governance

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

Submitted by jack adams (United States), Jan 27, 2006 at 19:39

"Democracy" is more than winning elections. It is learning the obligations of wanting to be a part of modernity. While there are many reasons for Hamas wining, it won as the first opportunity to oppose a completely corrupt, inept, and discredited regime that has been in place for decades and sustained far more by the West than those it supposedly governed. Now Hamas will have to deliver on its promises. Whether that is eliminating Israel at little cost, expanding opportunity for the general populace, showing the advantages of reverting to the tenants of Islam, etc., That is what they will have to do. The hate mills funded by the EU with billions of dollars of support have won the day. The question is whether they will win the future.

How the West deals with this issue is no less fraught with danger and miscalculation that the Balfour declaration, or the UN resolution calling for the establishment of two states in Palestine, one Jewish and one Muslim.

I agree with many of those posting to this forum, but this is a generation (or ten) issue, not just something that will take length of time to watch some insipid sitcom, or some equally insipid "report" by the likes of CNN.

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