Thursday, January 26, 2006

So Hamas won...

The IRA is and was as much a terrorist organization as Hamas, and yet you don't see the kind of visceral reaction to Sinn Fein's electoral exploits as we've seen since yesterday's Hamas win. Same with Likud and all the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties who have created settlements and caused as much misery to the Palestininans as the Hamasis have to Israelis.

Democracy has thrown up radical winners from time to time, such as the BJP in India and George W. Bush in the US. The radicals have done radical things too. And then they've mellowed - inevitably.

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