September 11, 2006

RHETORIC BECOMES REALITY:

Turning Islamists into democrats (The Monitor's View, 9/12/06, CS Monitor)

What is unfolding is nothing less than democracy at work. An elected government accountable to the people, is indeed being held accountable. Granted, Fatah has encouraged the protesters, but that doesn't change the fact that a government is still responsible, ultimately, to an electorate as a whole, and not just to a political party or faction.

The Lebanon war may also have had a positive effect on Hamas. Perhaps Israel's strong use of force has sobered Hamas. If it continues with its rocket-lobbing and Israeli-soldier- kidnapping campaign (fortunately, no suicide bombers of late), can it expect a similar hammering?


This is so bitter a pill for those on the Left and the far Right to swallow that they're forced to deny the historical inevitability unfolding before their eyes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 11, 2006 5:55 PM
Comments

Wait, wait, wait -- so does that mean you're swallowing the bitter pill that maybe just maybe Israel's incursion into Lebanon was productive -- and the right thing to do?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 11, 2006 7:42 PM

It strengthened Hezbollah and I'm pro-Hezbollah, so I don't mind it. The folks who think the Shi'a of Lebanon should just submit to a Christian/Sunni cabal in Beirut might differ.

Posted by: oj at September 11, 2006 7:53 PM

Pro-Hezbollah? And anti- towards whom?

Posted by: ratbert at September 11, 2006 9:57 PM

Anti-Lebanon. The Shi'a should get their own state or the opportunity to govern the whole country.

Posted by: oj at September 11, 2006 10:10 PM

It fatally weakened Hezballah.

But strengthened the Shia of South Lebanon, whose enemy was Hezballah.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 11, 2006 11:49 PM

The next elections will test your hypothesis. What do you want to wager?

Posted by: oj at September 12, 2006 7:50 AM

Would you agree that Syria's hash must be settled before there are 'true' elections in Lebanon?

Posted by: ratbert at September 12, 2006 10:50 AM

No. We ought to do the Ba'athists for the sake of Syria.

Posted by: oj at September 12, 2006 10:59 AM

Well, that goes without saying.

Posted by: ratbert at September 12, 2006 11:56 AM
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