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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hamas Hmmm...

Apparently Hamas has won the election in Palestine. Considering that any Palestinian of any intelligence leaves Palestine at the earliest opportunity, I am not surprised that the dummies remaining would elect in their own oppressors. Jefferson was right: we need an intelligent electorate. I don't think it bodes well for middle east peace. Further, it emboldens the critics of Democracy (i.e. Federal Farmer) who stil pray for the reemergence of Sparta in the west.

Nevertheless, Hamas is now in a precarious position regarding their political situation of war against Israel. In the past they have relied on the wiggle room in Western and international Law that terrorism is more of a criminal activity than a state act of war. This wiggle room has served to view attacks by Israel as being aggressive rather than defensive, and has allowed states in the west to oppose Israel's obvious attempt to protect itself.. However, assuming that Hamas continues their support of terrorism, any new attacks must be considered attacks by a "state" and not just individual actors. Under International law, Israel will have the legal authority to respond in ways they have not had in the past (i.e. be able to respond without the risk of international opposition).

If attacked, Israel would have the right under international law to march in and topple the Hamas government and demand reparations, which would be paid in land. The people elected Hamas, which chose war. Hamas lost the war...the people lost the war and must pay.

In the eyes of the west.... the Palestinian people are no longer innocent.

Blogger Air Marshall said...

Nice theory Sloanasaurus, but in practice Israel will be blamed no matter what the circumstances. If they were to leave the land altogether and rejoin the diaspora they would be criticized for not leaving fast enough.

10:04 AM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Nevertheless, any Palestinian government can only survive under the good graces of the International System putting pressure on Israel to accept it. If Hamas attacks, this international pressure will dissappear and Hamas will be taken out.

1:04 PM, January 26, 2006  

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