Thursday, December 29, 2005

Uh, Did I
Wake Up
In Another

The "Quartet" of international supporters of the Road Map to Peace have come out in support of good vs. evil:

The four international supporters of the Middle East peace process said Wednesday that the next Palestinian Cabinet should not include members of Hamas or other militant groups committed to violence.

The statement by the so-called quartet did not name Hamas, but said a future Palestinian Cabinet "should include no member who has not committed to the principles of Israel's right to exist in peace and security and an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism."

The quartet, which has drafted a Middle East peace plan known as the road map, includes the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

Hamas is participating in parliamentary elections for the first time and its popularity among Palestinians has grown considerably. Opinion polls in the West Bank and Gaza show it is ahead of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah party ahead of the Jan. 25 election.

Fatah appeared to improve its prospects Wednesday by overcoming a split within the organization and submitting a unified list of candidates.

Israel wants to keep Hamas out of the election process since it has carried out suicide bombings. Israel has warned it will not negotiate with any Palestinian government that includes Hamas.

In its statement, the quartet said there is a "fundamental contradiction" between militia activities and building a democratic state.

There must have been steps leading up to this declaration by the Quartet, but I am so stunned that I can't think of what they may be. Let's see;

  • John Bolton
  • Democratic Elections in Iraq
  • The discrediting of Kofi Annan and the UN paradigm because of the Oil-For-Food Scandal
  • The Gaza pullout and the revelation that a Palestinian State, as is presently consituted is a recipe for disaster
  • The prospect of Hamas members sitting cloaked and with weapons displayed in the halls of the UN

I don't know. This is stunning. After so many years of hearing, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter," I just can't help but be surpised. Joyful, but surprised.