January 26, 2006

Another triumph for Bush's Democratize the Arabs strategy

Democracy Rules OK! -- Picture from the NYT

This NYT photo shows happy Palestinian voters celebrating the arrival of Madisonian democracy. Democracy Rules OK!

The Washington Post reports:

"Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections, Complicating Peace Efforts in Mideast"

The radical Islamic movement Hamas won a large majority in the new Palestinian parliament, according to official election results announced Thursday, trouncing the governing Fatah party in a contest that could dramatically reshape the Palestinians' relations with Israel and the rest of the world.

In Wednesday's voting, Hamas claimed 76 of the 132 parliamentary seats, giving the party at war with Israel the right to form the next cabinet under the Palestinian Authority's president, Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah.

Looking on the bright side, Arab democracy might actually hurry along the discrediting of maniacal Muslim fundamentalism among Arabs by putting the maniacal Muslim fundamentalists into power, where they can demonstrate that their panacea is just as useless for solving the Arabs' problems as all the failed panaceas that came before it, like Baathism, Nasserism, Pan-Arabism, Nationalism, Socialism, etc.

On the other hand, being Arabs, whatever panacea they dream up to come after maniacal Muslim fundamentalism might be even worse, so we'll end up missing the elected maniacs when they're gone.

By the way, guess who helped fund the origin of Hamas? Click here for the answer. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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