Dissimulation Exposed

Friday, March 31, 2006

Hamas or Fatah or ... The Third Way

Many commentators [0] have claimed that the Palestinian people elected Hamas only as an alternative to Fatah. According to this line of reasoning, the Palestinians righteously scorned the Fatah party for its long record of corruption. They conclude that the Palestinian people do not, in general, support terrorism -- had there been a third option, the Palestinians surely would have embraced it.

This is patently false. There was another group of candidates running in the territories, the so-called "Third Way" [1]. These candidates stood remarkably unstained by corruption, violence and terror.

This false dichotomy has been loudly touted by the appeasers, the undereducated and, especially, the Muslim practitioners of Al-Taqiyya[2]. It is sad, but the reality is that when the Palestinian people were given a choice between violence, corruption or a clean, liberal alternative, they voted overwhelmingly for a party that remains committed to "resistance" (which includes, as Hamas has admitted by claiming responsibility for certain terrorist attacks, violence targeted against innocents).

By refusing to alter it's charter[3], Hamas has demonstrated that it's long-term strategic goals have not changed: the destruction of Israel is the "bright light of hope" that Hamas offers to its constituents.

[0] Eg, President Bill Clinton

[1] The Palestinian "Third Way"

[2] Al-Taqiyya at Wikipedia

[3] Eg, "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors." and "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." - see the full charter.

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