Saturday, January 28, 2006

Hamas Gets It

Sharon's policy of disengagement is brilliant, in my opinion, because it forces the Palestinians to become a state and take care of themselves. Truth is, up to now, they have not accepted that responsibility. However, it seems that Hamas gets it:

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Islamic militant group Hamas was ready to merge armed factions including its military wing to form an army to defend the Palestinian people, a senior Hamas leader said on Saturday.

"We are willing to form an army like every country ... an army to defend our people against aggression," Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal told a news conference in Damascus after the group swept Palestinian parliamentary elections.

I'm sure you thought the title to this post was ironic. Well, in a way, it is. However, I really do mean it at the same time. (How's that for irony?)

Hamas has declared Gaza a Palestinian state.

After all, that's what it is.

Fatah never got that. Fatah kept saying we need this. We need that. And, yes, I am sure the Palestinians need many things, but they need to learn to provide those things for themselves. Just like they will provide themsevles, apparently, with their own army.

Good, build an army. Build some roads. Build some hospitals and schools. Build a friggin' country, damn it.

Hamas is the government of the Palestinian state. It's their responsibility.

Now, what happens when one state declares war on another state, and attacks them with their military? What happens when the military of the state declaring war is hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned by the state it is declaring war against?

The answer is, they lose.

One of the things Hamas will have to learn, either through acceptance of reality, or the hard way, is they can not beat the Israeli army.

And, as Olmert plans to give them more land, it seems to me, Hamas ought to, for now, simply concentrate on building their country.

Let's hope they see it that way.

(Thanks to J, from Justify This, for sending this over to me.)