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MUNDANE DISTRACTIONS
Democracy is on the march! 
26th-Jan-2006 10:07 pm
And Hamas may have an opportunity to march it all over Israel.

So, were fighting the war on terror, and a group the US State Department has designated a terrorist organization has now come to power through the democratic process (see article linked above) we in the US are so in love with (because WE haven't had any problems with it) and believe is the best process out there.

Now, don't get me wrong, I do believe the democratic process works most of the time. However, as with most processes it has the ability to be corrupted and even broken. We in the US (well, our administration mostly) are now faced with something I don't think we thought we would see. A democratically elected terrorist organization.

If we outright denounce Hamas' victory we basically say, "Well, we like democracy when it gives us what WE in the US want." Yet, if we validate Hamas' victory outright then we're working with the kind of group that has been known to support and create terrorist situations we are fighting. That's a lose-lose situation in my book folks. So, what can we do? Cross out fingers and hope Hamas mellows out I guess. While this does sound like the current thought process we're still pretty much caught looking stupid because the horse we backed (democracy) turned around and bit us in the butt.

While it seems most news articles I read say those countries that have designated Hamas as a terrorist organization are most interested in what is happening in Palestine I think the other countries in the middle east are even more interested.

Can you imagine a democratically elected theocracy? Especially if that theocracy has a militant spin on its ideologies? Now imagine other groups following the example that has just come out of Palestine. In the words of Keanu Reeves, "Woah."

I think the Christian Science Monitor has a pretty good article about concerns similar to mine (and I'm guessing many others) here.

I have to say that I'm interested in seeing where today's choices in Palestine take the world, but I also must admit that I'm not feeling too good about the possibilities.
Emmitt
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