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Forgive them, they know not what they do

Well, good Golly. Now Hamas has been elected to power in Palestine. I know some people who will be thrilled about that but I am devastated. [Nonetheless, is there anyone who thinks this is a good idea, and if so Why?]

I mean, not surprised because hey those Palestinians haven't been treated fairly and they are pissed off as fuck and rage breeds fundamentalists and elects them into government.

A government full of suicide bomber supporters! At last, someone whose politicals are more insane than the Serbs'!

I mourn the death of tolerance, moderation and reason like it was my own father dying again.

It sucks really that I don't rule the world and cannot do anything about this.

At times like this I veer between utter despair and conviction that we are on a steady path to Armageddon and optimism that perhaps it will all work out in the end somehow.

And yea, though I walk
Through the valley of the shadow of death
I fear no Evil *


*Although I still fear scary programs on television. ITV2's Supernatural is a good example of this

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concordantnexus
Jan. 26th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Before you despair - might I suggest that Hezbollah (Lebanese Shia militant faction) has slowly become less violent as they started the transition from fundy guerilla armed faction to political party?

Signs of hope include Hamas offering to stick to the ceasefire with Israel if Israel does. :)
rainsinger
Feb. 1st, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Signs of hope include Hamas offering to stick to the ceasefire with Israel if Israel does. :)

a sign of hope indeed. :)

mzdt
Jan. 27th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
I for one don't look forward to the results for the peace process - how can you engage with a nation you don't believe exists (admittedly that goes for both sides sometimes).

rage breeds fundamentalists

nail on the head, my dear. again, applies to both sides, in fact northern ireland, anywhere.

Both countries need governments that will seek positive solutions. My problem is that the pettiness of UK party politics and general despair over same (time and time again we see idealists become tossers) puts me off investigating what parties elsewhere stand for. My own interest in the middle east comes from injustice to people, families, farmers, not big political schemes and principles. As your correspondant above states, though we can reasonably home for a similar transition, llike that of IRA to modern Sinn Fein. We can hope, dream, pray. It's all the same effing God.

I just want everyone to get on.
rainsinger
Feb. 1st, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
heh. me too.
thankfully at least I have gallows humour to fall back on when all else fails.
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concordantnexus
Jan. 27th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: Supernatural
um... at a random guess the connection is that both get your blood worked up? ;)
rainsinger
Feb. 1st, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Supernatural
I think it's meant to be sexy because the villains/demons in it are kind of hot.

It's jut the kind of program that's been made to reduce me to quivering tears. It's not like I even believe in the Devil & co. but footage of strange beings nailign people to the ceiling with fire gets me all the same.
mooism
Jan. 27th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
It’s good in the sense that Fatah was corrupt. Maybe they will clean themselves up now.
rainsinger
Feb. 1st, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Perhaps.
Although most of the politicians seem corrupt. I think it just goes with the territory.
casaubon
Jan. 27th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
Democracy in action.
It doesn't bode very well...
But sometimes terrorists/freedom fighters turn into politicians. See Menachem Begin for example.
rainsinger
Feb. 1st, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
I continue to hope :)

How's your new baby doing?
casaubon
Feb. 1st, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
He's being cute at the moment.
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