Hamas: Why their election to power is a good thing for the world

January 28, 2006

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a log recovering all the mayhem that was the Canadian election, you know that the Palestinians elected a new government with the ruling party being Hamas, the terrorist organization. Apparently, a strong majority of the world’s leaders are viewing this election as a bad thing, practically the worst thing possible for that region. I strongly disagree with their opinions on this.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a log recovering all the mayhem that was the Canadian election, you know that the Palestinians elected a new government with the ruling party being Hamas, the terrorist organization. Apparently, a strong majority of the world’s leaders are viewing this election as a bad thing, practically the worst thing possible for that region. I strongly disagree with their opinions on this.

No one seems to be taking an open-minded approach to the situation. People’s brains are programmed to focus on the past actions of Hamas and fearing for the worse. This is rather ignorant because governments should be working towards the future, not worrying about the past as much. The people in government change, the parties and organizing structures change, so how are we to judge the past when the people in power now were or may not have been in power? True, perhaps the organization of Hamas hasn’t changed much over the years (I’m not an expert, so I don’t know), but can we honestly predict how Hamas may change when it assumes power? No.

People talk about how we need to cut off ties to Palestine until Hamas changes things within its organization and ideology. To me, this would just put fuel into the fire. It’s the same situation with al Qaeda that the world had in the late 1990s and after 9/11. With the way the world retaliated, it just gave more reasons for al Qaeda to exist and to pursue its mission. If the world cuts its ties with Palestine, it’ll be a global message to the people there that it is wrong to be a Palestinian unless you obey the world’s rules. The ignorance of the world would only strengthen their resolve to clear out Israel and put itself back onto the world map.

I can’t imagine how it would be to a Palestinian growing up through the constant fluctuations of how those people have been moved around and have never had a home of their own. Surely they want a leader they can follow and believe in, and I can’t see them distrusting a leader they chose when the world does not agree with their choice. America never gave up on George Bush when the world gave a few global blinks in their direction, and they never altered their electoral process after the gaff in Florida in 2000 or Ohio in 2004. I’m sure the intelligence of Palestinians matches the majority of Americans, so we can’t conclude that those people don’t know what they are doing.

So what should be done with this government? If people are worried about setting off the fuse of Hamas and watching them go on a rampage against Israel, then we probably shouldn’t be doing or saying things to provoke them further. There is proof out there of Hamas genuinely caring about the Palestinian people through supporting hospitals and other charitable acts. Governments should approach Hamas with caution, but Hamas isn’t as dangerous as North Korea or the rift between India and Pakistan. Positive things can come out of this if the governments work towards those ends and not get bogged down in playing games of fear and threat with Palestine.

Governments spend a lot of money on secret agencies to find out information about these organizations, and one of the talking points of Bush’s administration has been along the lines of “they’re terrorists. You can’t treat them like a sovereign government,” and discussions about how you do treat terrorists. Well, here’s a blessing in disguise. You have a terrorist organization, out in the open, and you have the means to have open discussions with them. The talks don’t have to be centered around Israel and the Middle East, either. You can have talks about economics, United Nations, the needs of the Palestinian people, and so on. Find out what is important to the party and the country without zeroing in on the negative. You can invite them to participate in the global world in hopes of softening up their hard-line philosophies. There are intelligent men running that party, and they may be able to compromise some of their demands in exchange for others. Treat them like a government, and not terrorists.

World history has many revolutions of people speaking up in support of their country or their nationhood. America could be viewed as originally being a terrorist organization (re: Boston Tea Party?), but history has sided with the good nature of their actions, the beliefs in liberty and equality. France had their revolution, the Russians had theirs, the Chinese had one, and on it goes. This time, it’s the Palestians speaking on a global scale. Maybe the world should listen to them first, cast judgment second?

[Update]

The NY Times wrote an article interviewing Israelis talking about some of the points I made above (I read the article today, before writing). You can read it here.

The main point in it is now Israel can see the face of Palestine. They aren’t dealing with a terrorist organization, a corrupt government, and the people. They know the majority of the people do support Hamas, but may not support the violent acts they have done in the past. Now they have the chance to deal directly with a country that is on relatively solid ground for what they want.

I can only hope this works out well for everyone.
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3 Responses to “Hamas: Why their election to power is a good thing for the world”

  1. Greg Says:

    O.K……….You need to read a little more history there. Death to Israel! I think Iv’e heard that before. And now after a so-called “democratic” election, factions are fighting between themselves.There is no way the these people will ever be able to govern a nation.You stick you head in the sand . Radical Islam is on the rise. They will not rest until the entire world is a Muslim world. When the hate they preach stops and the murders of innocent children is over maybe, just maybe the world or I for that matter will be able to view them as something more than a vengleful people spinning the media to achive a bit of sympathy.And by the way, if your from Canada…….Your day of reckoning is coming too!

  2. isolation Says:

    Greg: I know the history of Hamas, but how can we possibly understand an organization without first-hand knowledge of it? Only when Hamas commits a terrorist act do we hear about them, and we hardly hear anything of the Palestinian people.

    Several watch groups say that their election is in fact legit- which is more than the United States can claim, because I believe they didn’t allow international viewers on their elections. Western countries should understand where groups like Hamas is coming from, since Catholocism and Christianity were forced about millions of people in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe at one point in time or another. I think they want some recognition that the Islamic nation is a world power like that of Europe and the USA, with India and China quickly behind them.

    The hate Muslims preach is no worse than the hate of the Pope or southern Baptist churches against homosexuality, abortion, Liberals, Different brands of hate; same level of hatred.


  3. The US and such only like Democracy when it suits them, they’ll quickly shove it aside if a government is elected that doesn’t suit their profit grabbing interests. The Palestinian people are opposed to an Israeli occupation, and that is what it is, an occupation.


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