Tuesday, February 21, 2006

 

Strangling The Beast

NRO's James S. Robbins explains the reasons why Hamas shouldn't expect aid from the West any time soon. Reason Number One: Winning an election does not confer legitimacy upon a murderous terrorist organization bent on the destruction of Israel and the imposition of fascism in the name of a religion.
Promoting democracy only requires us to approve of the process; we need not be delighted with the results. And it is not hypocrisy to shift policies when foreign governments legitimately change hands. It happens all the time. For example, German Chancellor Angela Merkel enjoys a much better relationship with Washington than her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder. Furthermore, the United States is under no obligation to help underwrite the finances of a government that sponsors suicide bombings. It is bad enough that Hamas seeks to create a new terror state in the Middle East, it would be ludicrous for us to pay them to do it. If anything, cutting funds to Hamas shows more consistency than hypocrisy; their program is barely distinguishable from the Taliban's, and lately we have not been on the best of terms.

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