Ultima Thule

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Why Hamas won---a cautionary tale for wishful thinkers

By Aussiegirl

Here's an excellent analysis of Hamas's recent victory at the polls, and why the reporting of this event is another example of wishful thinking about sober realities.

The anatomy of Hamas' victory

All of this leads to a clear conclusion. The failure of Israel's leadership is one of the most significant causes of Hamas's ascension to political power. Just as the persistence of radical regimes in Damascus and Tehran is the result of the inability of the international community to rise to the challenge they
manifest to international security, so too, the empowerment of Hamas is the
result of the adoption of a strategy by Israel that is based on how we wish the
world to be rather than on the way the world actually is. By the same token,
Israel's ability to fashion suitable responses to Hamas's electoral victory is
dependent on its citizens' willingness to choose leaders capable of accepting
the realities we face and acting accordingly.


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