Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Thought-Provoking Article

The whole article is excellent, but I found two items of keen interest from Ari Shavit’s piece in the New Yorker, "Watching Hamas," that I thought would be good for us to discuss.

Shalom Harari is a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has been following the rise of Hamas for almost a quarter century. While most TV channels were broadcasting scenes of Hamas celebrating its victory, Harari had tuned in to a seemingly tedious military ceremony on Egyptian state television. "Look at the wives of the generals," he said. "Many of them are wearing traditional head scarves. This was not so ten years ago. And this tells you where we are heading. When the women of Egypt's pro-Western military elite are dressed like that, you know that the Hamas victory is not about Palestine. It's about the entire Middle East."

And then there is this one….

The impact of the Hamas victory, he said, is not local but regional. "As we speak, there are growing fears not only in Israel but in Jordan, Egypt, and even Syria. The Hamas victory is a Middle East earthquake. Its shock waves will be felt in every town between Casablanca and Baghdad."


At 9:10 AM, Anonymous C-Mom said...

Nothing good will come of this.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

"... the Hamas victory is not about Palestine. It’s about the entire Middle East."

This is NOT a hidden agenda!

At 11:15 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

In Egypt, The Muslim Brotherhood is getting ever closer to being elected. The Brotherhood is the father group of Al Qaeda, Hamas and other Islamic fundamentalist associations.

At 11:36 AM, Blogger muse said...

The whole world should realize the danger it is in.

At 6:09 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

I still think there will be a Palestinian Civil War. Fatah vs Hamas and Hamas wins but the price will be steep.

At 7:28 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

I believe that Harari is correct in his assesment that the vote for Hamas sent shock waves throughout the Middle East. Perhaps it will lead countries such as Jordan and Egypt to do more to end the corruption in their governments and look at the cancer of extremist elements in their midst.

I do not think Hamas will change it's spots. Perhaps the best thing that has happened is that the world must acknowledge now that Israel never had a peace partner.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Have to read the article, wanted to say Hi, Esther!

At 10:16 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I don't know if you have seen this article in the JTA:

A Jewish group called for talks with a new, Hamas-led Palestinian government.

In a statement, Jewish Voice for Peace called the rise of Hamas a “matter of great concern to every Jewish group,” but said negotiations are the “only way”out of the current conflict.

Is that pathetic or what?

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Rebekah said...

What really irritates me is how Liberals are acting like Conservatives are just playing politics with the Hamas thing. One comment I heard on a liberal blogsite was
"So now Bush is upset that someone got elected who won't be nice to his Isreali buddies..."
They just don't get it.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

When Husseini tried to encourage Arabs living in Palestine to start fighting against the Jews he initially tried to appeal to their national/ethnic "pride".
He failed badly and than he re-discovered the Mount Temple and Jerusalem as Islamic holy site.
This time it worked.
Al Fatah was a semi-Marxist organization of the past, when it appeared nothing would stop communism.
With the Soviets going into oblivion, with the Iranian mullah-revolution and Afghanistan seen as the new-born Islam’s victory I cannot imagine any other force but Islam taking over in the Middle East.
The recent tantrum against 12 silly cartoons thrown by Egypt, UAE and 17 other Arab countries was nothing but part of the same “Islamisation” of the Middle East.

At 11:01 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Muse: - but they won't, as usual!


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