BBC terms the victory of Hamas in Palestinian election as a conundrum. And that is one of the more polite terms being heard. There seems to be a strong sense of defeat even as democracy is exercised. Global Voices has a post with some links to blog-talk in the region. There should be more coverage as people recover from the shock and write.
I do not see Hamas being as bad as some would like to show though, seems like anything with the word “Islam” mentioned somewhere will make some people panic and throw a fit.
Bottom line, that’s what Palestinians inside want, you either support them or not but don’t think you have the right to choose for them (or speak for them for that matter).
Sabbah points out to some factors in the election that I find quite interesting, given that demographics of so many developing countries change with migration.
While this is the situation in Palestine, we have to keep in mind that this elections represent ONLY Palestinians inside Palestine. Not a single vote was cast by millions of Palestinian living in the Diaspora. This is another lesson Fateh should learn.
I save one of the best links for the last. The Black Iris has an excellent post – reflection on reactions after the win.
One of the major arguements or rather fears is that Hamas will turn Palestine into an ultra-conservative Muslim state (state as in state of mind). In my opinion this is doubtful. Let us keep in mind that Hamas did and does have the power to dominate Palestine with violence, today it’s been voted in democratically. This isn’t exactly Afghans voting in the Taliban. Palestinians know what they’re getting… n the end, Hamas has come to represent everything every other political group in Palestine is not: resistance. And this is what it boils down to. It’s easy to talk about negotiations and 2 state solutions but in practice it’s very difficult to actually sit down and implement…. We as outsiders consistantly make the mistake of framing Palestine as an actual state with citizens. In the process we forget this is a people and a land that is being occupied. Like it or not, disagree with it or not, it doesn’t negate the fact that this is true. Reality dictates as such. And for every action there needs to be some form of reaction; Hamas has come to define that reaction.
The win reiterates the obvious. The more you delay negotiations, the higher the factor of “restlessness” in resistance. Bear in mind – Restlessness is always unpredictable.
So Gentle Readers – Please choose. On some days – you have to either lose your faith in humanity or loose your faith in democracy. For the faithless ones – Did I mention you were lucky?