Friday, January 27, 2006
Hamas was expected to fare well, but nobody expected a landslide victory, not even Hamas itself. The case of Palestine is not different from that of other countries in the region. Corrupt inept governments fail to serve the people who eventually turn to the Islamists whenever they get the chance to do so.
Fatah, the secular opponent of Hamas, is a huge dysfunctional and corrupt organization that failed to help the Palestinian people out of their misery and poverty. As a result, the humiliated people turned to religion and voted for the organization that never ruled them before. This scenario is common in almost all Arab countries including Egypt.
I hope the following 2 things happen:
1. I hope Fatah avoids joining a coalition government with Hamas. Let Hamas rule and bear the responsibility of its failures (or successes). Sensible figures within Fatah such as Mahmoud Dahlan should get their act together and see what went wrong.
2. I know this sounds crazy, but I do hope Israel releases Marawan Barghouti. Barghouti is a leader in Fatah who spoke against the Palestinian Liberation Organization. During the Intifada, it was widely believed that he was the leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades that copied Hamas and Jihad's tactics in killing Israeli civilians. However, Barghouti recognizes Israel's right to exist and calls for the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza.
Now why I would like to see Barghouti released from his 5 life terms he is currently serving? Because he is the only one who can counterbalance the power of Hamas and act as Fatah's new charismatic leader. I know Israel considers him to be a murderer. But hey, its war, previous murderers can become tomorrow's friends. Yasser Arafat engaged in terror, yet Israel accepted him as a peace partner back in the early 90s.
Besides, a "secular killer" is better than a "religious killer". A religious killer will kill you and think that by doing so he is drawing a grin on God's face. Now that's not so nice.