Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hamas wins upset victory in Palestinian election

Careful what you wish for Hamas. Running a terror organization is one thing. Running a population is a whole other story. Good luck with that. Can't suicide bomb your way to the top of approval ratings. (Maybe you should try though)

The Islamic Hamas movement swept to victory over the long-dominant Fatah faction on Thursday in Palestinian parliamentary polls, a political earthquake that could bury any hope for reviving peace talks with Israel.

Cause, you know, those peace talks were going so well.

The shock outcome, acknowledged by Fatah ahead of official results, would not automatically unseat President Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate elected last year after Yasser Arafat's death. But he has said he might resign if unable to pursue a peace policy.

Really? Shocking? I'm not all that surprised to be honest. Hamas is like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (no offense Hamas) in that the people just can't seem to get enough of them. They're more popular than something that's really popular in Palestine (not sure what Palestinians like, maybe pastries and rockets)
If Hamas plans on doing right by the Palestinian people they're going to need to talk with Israel. Silent treatment between leaders really never works. You don't speak up and people are going to speak for you. Just as the Sunni Iraqis who boycotted the first Iraqi elections.

So now Hamas, you've gone from a local terror group to a political power. The world is watching. You're going to have to switch tactics though. You can't terrorize the world. Just ask those Al-Qaeda guys hiding in caves, ducking everytime a plane flies overhead.


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