All that you have is your soul (Tracy Chapman).

Tuesday, 31 January 2006

When Democracy Doesn't Work.

A lot has been written recently about the elections in the Palestinian areas. The Palestinians have indeed voted democratically and as a result, a terrorist organisation will now be setting the agenda for the Palestinians. There is an argument that states that ‘because Hamas was elected democratically, it therefore has legitimacy and should be respected’.

Yesterday was the 73rd anniversary of another democratic election. On January 30th 1933, Adolph Hitler was elected as Chancellor of Germany. Let us not forget that the Nazis too came to power as a result of the vox populi – the peoples’ vote and as a result, democracy in Germany took a nose-dive.

Hamas has, is and might always be a terrorist organisation. The fact that they were democratically elected means nothing if their agenda still remains intact. They are a bunch of anti-Semitic, bloodthirsty thugs who use religion as an excuse to slaughter innocent men, women and children. I therefore see no problem whatsoever in the Western countries refusing to deal with them.

Let’s not make the same mistake that was made all those years ago. Remember, democracy doesn’t always bring about the best solution - just ask any German Jew who remembers that election night not so many years ago.

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