The trouble with democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 16.06.05 | 21:19 (IDT)

    The trouble with democracy is that it might represent the will of the people. Six months ago, the Bush regime was convinced that the overwhelming majority of Iraqis would vote for the Allawi coalition we had appointed to power. They didn't. The overwhelming majority voted for members of parties which were opposed to the US in one fashion or another. . . So, instead of creating an American puppet via "democracy" we have fostered another Shiite 'democracy" which is essentially hostile to the US, though dependent upon the US to keep the Sunni from regaining power via the assault rifle ballot. The Palestinians have voted and will vote, and lots of Palestinians seem to think that Hammas will better represent them than the notoriously corrupt PLO. If Israel is to ever have anything like peace, it will depend upon having a stabile government in the currently occupied territories for only a stabile government will have the capability as well as the incentive to suppress terrorism aimed at Israel. Thus, Israel will have to accept dealing with Hammas, and might even have to deal with a Hammas majority in the government of the eventual Palestinian State. Of course there are Israelis who have no wish for peace, and those will never do anything to aid peace. But the rest of the Israelis, the majority, had better get used to the idea of terrorists and killers of innocents being part of any future Palestinian government. When terrorists have helped create a state, and when they have the ear of a significant population in that state, and democracy is the form of government. . . well, you will have terrorists in the government. Some Sons of Liberty ended up in the US government. Israel has had men like PM Shamir and PM Begin both international terrorists. They were both responsible for killing Lord Moyne, yet England has relations with Israel.

    from the article: Foreign Ministry protests EU contacts with Hamas officials
    First published 00:00 16.06.05 | Last updated 00:00 16.06.05
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