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Hamas Leaves me Neutral

Reader comment on item: Why Hamas['s Electoral Victory] Leaves Me Neutral

Submitted by Ed Gordon (Israel), Feb 1, 2006 at 16:11

Further to my previous comments, the main thing that is positive concerning Hamas's election victory is their forthright honesty. There have been no false condemnations of (often Fatah inistigated) terror attacts, etc. Hamas doesn't hide its views - and it's intentions.

All this reminds me of a story that was alleged to have occured during the imperial reign of French Imperior Napoleon Bonaparte. Some women in the Austrian court were comparing attributes of men from various countries that Napoleon's armies had gone to war against. One lady said that she liked Prussian men because of their discipline and militarism. Another said she liked the Russians because of their outright lewdness and barbarianism (referring to the Cossaks), another liked the Spanish and Italians because of their romanticism.

But the lady who said it all was the one who said that she liked the French the most, because (due to their tight pants) "you can know exactly what they're thinking!"

I believe that this can be said about Hamas and Co. as well. It's very easy to know exactly what they are thinking - especially concerning Israel.

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