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    • David
    • 17.07.10 | 01:33 (IDT)

    I strongly recommend the following book by Bew and Frampton on this subject: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/06/16/talking-to-terrorists-yesterday%E2%80%99s-gunmen-today%E2%80%99s-politicians/ The ANC was 'talked to' because it was winning, and because the state that it hoped to create was a just and free one. The IRA was talked to first in the 1970s. They took this as the sign that their bombing campaign had forced Britain to the bargaining table, and so stepped it up. When the UK talked to the IRA again, it had essentially beaten it - penetrated it at the highest levels. The leadership was aging and wanted to retire to a nice ministerial lifestyle. They were quite happy to settle for a lebanese style confessional model, which hardwired in sectarianism, and benefitted the Protestant and Catholic fringes. The UK now has a series of resurgent post IRA terrorist grouplets, and Billy Boy rioting. Better than bombs in London, though. Hamas and the ANC are not equivalent. Hamas and the IRA aren't either, because the IRA didn't want to annex the United Kingdom, by unifying it with the Republic. What ever you do, its effect must not be to harden and embolden Hamas. But, hey, its your country. Do what you think will work.

    from the article: Strenger than Fiction / Thinking outside of the box about Hamas
    First published 11:31 16.07.10 | Last updated 11:31 16.07.10
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