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    • Michael, Zurich
    • 19.07.10 | 19:26 (IDT)

    Thanks Chafeka, but lest I get misunderstood, I would like to point out that I was not referring to ideology, but social structure. Jihad ideology with the caveats like hudna and shmudna and so on are rather the semantic correlates of a society which beyond clans has no potential for the evolution of more improbable systems like e.g. states. They can temporarily unite against outsider or temporarily refrain from it, but they cannot create a state with closed system boundaries in itself. But this wouldn't rule out the possibility of temporary peace (here's the place for a comparison with Syria, if any, but you could also take Egypt or Jordan). The reason I take it as a given, that Hamas is not prepared to forgo external violence is something else. They are isolated in the Arab world (to put it mildly) and they need resources. All Arab states have a factual monopoly an external trade, so even if the Gazans would produce something to export, the Arabs would hinder its distribution. Trade is too fuzzy to control and always comes with the intermingling of people. People, that is, who support the opposition. What remains as viable "good" is violence in the service of third parties who have an interest in fanning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Without this service Hamas would simply lack the means to keep enough people happy enough to stick to them.

    from the article: Disengage from Gaza once and for all
    First published 01:15 19.07.10 | Last updated 01:15 19.07.10
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