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The Bush administration has come under some heat for its refusal to deal with Hamas ever since they won the elections in the Gaza Strip -- and, more recently, took complete control by killing or driving off Fatah. Critics heap scorn on President Bush, saying that it is hypocritical for us to, on the one hand, loudly proclaim our support for democracy, while at the same time rejecting a democratically-elected government in the Palestinian Territories.

This tends to irritate me. The Bush administration has done nothing to discredit the election Hamas won. Rather, they simply said before the elections that Hamas is a terrorist organization and any electoral victories they won would not change that in the slightest. And as such, we would have no dealings with them, regardless of what hat they chose to wear.

This could be considered very short-sighted. Today's terrorist, as they say, could be tomorrow's statesman. Hamas could, eventually, rise above their terrorist roots and become responsible, mature, productive members of the global community.

But not any time soon.

We were reminded of that last week, when Israeli armed forces killed several Palestinians in an air strike -- including children.

As horrific as that sounds, it's nowhere near as appalling as the provocation that triggered it.

Palestinian terrorists set up a rocket launching site near the Israeli border, then fired several rockets into Israel. One of them struck a kindergarten -- luckily, it was empty at the time. The terrorists immediately fled, but left their launcher behind -- they know that Israel tends to blow them up whenever they see them.

But those launchers are valuable, so they sent some people to retreive it. "People" meaning children.

For Hamas, it's a win-win situation. If the kids pull it off, they not only have their launcher back, but some new recruits who've had their first taste of danger and adventure. And if the kids get blown up along with the launcher, then they have a new "atrocity" to proclaim and some fresh martyrs to celebrate.

This is who Jimmy Carter and his ilk want to proclaim the legitimate government of the Palestinians, and they're right.

But there is absolutely no compelling reason why we should play along that they are anywhere near civilized -- or worthy of our having any dealings with them whatsoever.


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"Today's terrorist, as t... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"Today's terrorist, as they say, could be tomorrow's statesman."

Yes indeed, Begin & Sharon, among others, were Israeli terrorists prior to 1948.

Didn't take long for the an... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Didn't take long for the anti-semite leftest trolls to show up. Where is JFO? ww

And these "people" deserve ... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

And these "people" deserve their own state? Yeah, right.

"among others"Who ... (Below threshold)
yo:

"among others"

Who else?

Mandela ..., and ... ?

Sure, terrorists can turn out well, but the numbers are ridiculously minute.

Sinn Féin, for another.... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Sinn Féin, for another.

And is it really anti-semitic if it's true? Or does this only count as terrorism if you're Muslim (or at least not Jewish)? I don't which definition of terrorism would not cover the Irgun, but maybe I'm not familiar with all of them.

"Sinn Féin"K - we'... (Below threshold)
yo:

"Sinn Féin"

K - we're at 4.

FF, while Begin was a membe... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

FF, while Begin was a member of a terrorist jewish organization before independance, Sharon was only a member of the Gadna youth organization and the Haganah prior to independance.

But facts don't stop you from slander, I've noticed.

mantis, the hotel was being... (Below threshold)

mantis, the hotel was being used as a military barracks at the time, so it was a valid target. They also gave warning about the bomb.

You can make an argument about Irgun being a terrorist group, but not solely on the King David Hotel bombing.

Also, note that after Israel was formed, one of the first acts of the IDF was to confront and defeat Irgun -- and it was a long, long time before their members were fully accepted into Israel's body politic.

J.

When you're talking Israeli... (Below threshold)
jim:

When you're talking Israeli government vs. Hamas, the Palestinians, or others, there are no angels on either side.

mantis, the hotel was be... (Below threshold)
mantis:

mantis, the hotel was being used as a military barracks at the time, so it was a valid target. They also gave warning about the bomb.

So the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing was not a terrorist act?

You can make an argument about Irgun being a terrorist group, but not solely on the King David Hotel bombing.

It's the one I could get an image of, though. I could certainly make the argument that they were a terrorist group based on other actions.

Also, note that after Israel was formed, one of the first acts of the IDF was to confront and defeat Irgun -- and it was a long, long time before their members were fully accepted into Israel's body politic.

Herut won seats in the very first election. They were very small to begin with, though, and it did take a long time for them to gain wider support.

All of that said, I agree with you in that I don't think Hamas will become "responsible, mature, productive members of the global community" anytime soon. Even if they wanted to, which I don't believe they do, I can't fathom how they possibly could, given the circumstances.

mantis, I think I've said a... (Below threshold)

mantis, I think I've said a couple times that the 1983 Marine Barracks attack was NOT an act of terrorism, but of war. Likewise the attack on the USS Cole and the Khobar Towers bombing. Acts of terrorists, yes, but the deeds in and of themselves were not terrorism.

Still absolutely reprehensible acts and worthy of retaliation, but technically NOT terrorism.

J.

Gotcha. I didn't remember ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Gotcha. I didn't remember you writing about the Beirut barracks before, but that makes sense. I would agree with you vis-à-vis the definition of terrorism and whether those attacks fit, but there are a lot of definitions out there.




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