By now you would really think that Hamas would only realize that continued rocket attacks on Israeli civilians would only provoke a violent Israeli military action at some point. But apparently Hamas is so radicalized that common sense just doesn't seem to abound in this organization's logic. And yesterday, a spokesman for Hamas had a decent opportunity to offer an opportunity to explain the continued rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, but instead used the opportunity to claim absurdly that "Israeli provocateurs" were somehow responsible for the rocket attacks that have taken place since December 19, that provoked the latest violent military response by Israel.
The fact of the matter is that Hamas won control of representation of the Palestinian people because of years of corruption among the rival Fatah leaders. And for a time Hamas did provide many essential social services to the Palestinian persons while many in the Hamas leadership simply pocketed any international relief funds or else skimmed their share into world bank accounts such as Yasser Arafat and his widow who had millions socked away into Swiss bank accounts rather than give it to the poor people they serve. By comparison, Hamas looked to be somewhat more honest by comparison. But it is the militant philosophy of this organization that always seems to want to provoke conflict with Israel, and only ends up bringing down Israeli military wrath that seems to bring nothing but bad on the Palestinian people.
Hamas lacks a constructive and pragmatic approach to power, and the latest military blows against this organization will once again cause the Palestinian people much suffering. Unlike other former radicals such as the Chinese or Vietnamese Communists who have largely become pragmatic businessmen rather than revolutionaries, Hamas continues to believe in extremist politics that are unrealistic in the modern world for any organization that really intends to form a government or lead.
It's certainly not much of a governing strategy for Hamas to provoke military conflict with the far more powerful Israeli military, get beaten up badly in war, but then appeal for sympathy among the Palestinians and the world community, but that's been their political strategy for many years and doesn't look about to change anytime soon.
Whoever knew that making yourself a "punching bag" and causing great destruction, poverty and suffering on your own people by your own irresponsible actions was a great way to rule? Other former radicals like the Chinese Communists moderated, invited investment in their nation, improved poverty and provided jobs, and really improved conditions in their nation, unlike Hamas which prides itself in ruling by making life only more difficult for the people they serve.
Now, there are some whispers that Fatah leadership is actively encouraging the Israeli military destruction of Hamas so that Fatah can return to power in Gaza. But in all their years of power, the corruption of Fatah always managed to keep this organization as poor representation for the poverty issues or the economic disadvantages among the Palestinians. Fatah may appear as far more moderate than Hamas. But it greatly needs to improve it's own house if it ever wants to considered as the best possible leadership for the serious problems of the Palestinian people. In the meantime, the Palestinian people only suffer between two poor political organizations that vie for their control and ill serve them.
When American voters felt ill-served by the Bush Administration and the Republican Party they at least had some good option to select in a real democracy like the U.S. But others around the world have less freedom to pick their leadership. And the Palestinian people seem to be stuck with the bad leadership of Fatah or the far worst leadership of Hamas. That's not much choice in my view.
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