U.S. President George W. Bush reacted similarly in Washington on 26 January. “I don’t see how you can be a partner in peace if you advocate the destruction of a country as part of your platform,” he said. “And I know you can’t be a partner in peace if your party has got an armed wing.”…
…said the Commander in Chief of the largest army in the world currently occupying, and helping to destroy, Iraq.
The comments made by western politicians have been the funniest in the past day or so. All of them equally hypocritical.
Condie Rice said:
“We reaffirmed the view that … you can’t have one foot in terror and the other in politics,”
Terror & Politics, a molotov cocktail for chaos. Where some people get the balls to say such a thing and actually mean it, I haven’t a clue. But needless to say I do find it quite funny that the democracy America says it’s trying to spread has now come back to bite it in the ass. The truth is democracy is the last thing America wants or needs in the region simply because if free elections were held in every Arab nation today as America claims it wants, then the outcome would be very similar to the free elections that were just held in Palestine: pro-Islamic-majority-anti-american parties everywhere. And I mean everywhere without an exception. Hence the best alternative to deter this potential outcome of the democratic process is fairly simple: chaos. Cause it, inspire it, preserve it.
Everyone is still in shock I guess over the unexpected win of Hamas in the Palestinian elections. Even Hamas itself I suppose, who has just been asked to form the next government.
Most of this shock stems from the question of “what will happen next?”. Indeed what does this win mean for Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Europeans or even the neighborhood?
I wanted to talk more on the subject, especially since I felt that in the “after-shock” of the results people everywhere forgot just how important these elections were. They are to date the most free elections I have ever witnessed in the Arab world. More than Lebanon and Iraq combined. The voter turn out was 77%, the highest I’ve ever heard of. There are just so many interesting things about this election and what it represents. I mean all of this considering Palestine is not even a recognized or formed state to begin with. One thing to keep in mind is that unlike any other election anywhere in the world, this one truly represented the voice of the people. Putting government sponsored or corporate sponsored or what-have-you sponsored foreign elements aside, this was truly an election to behold.
But today, in the British daily the Guardian, there was an interesting piece on the issue which I felt articulated a great deal of what I already wanted to say. So give it a read. Here is an excerpt:
Wednesday’s election was remarkable also in owing nothing to Washington’s (selective) efforts to promote democracy in the Arab world. Instead, it was further proof that civil society in Palestine is more vibrant than anywhere else in the region and that Palestinian politics has its own dynamics, dictated not by outside pressure but the social and economic demands of ordinary people in appalling conditions. Providing a forum to freely express hopes and fears, debate policy and seek agreed solutions is, after all, what democracy is about.In Israel and Washington reaction to Hamas’s victory has been predictably negative. European governments should take a more sensitive view. The first watchword is caution. Applaud the process but don’t take issue with the result. While the dust settles and Hamas works out its own priorities for government, Europeans should calmly analyse why Hamas got so much support.