Legitimizing Terrorism (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OP-ED) by Stanley Zir 01/30/05)
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"...In the Gaza elections, Fatah won only 26 out of 117 seats while
Hamas won 76, according to preliminary reports, which Fatah
"An Arab survey center´s exit polls gave Hamas victory in three of
four districts in Gaza. Hamas also showed strength in the recent
elections in Samaria in which it won more than a third of local
council seats. Thursday´s voter turnout in the first-ever Gaza
elections was more than 80 per cent."
We live in a time where our most intelligent and fearless citizens,
in Israel as well as America, have turned their backs on common sense
and reason. Instead, they devote their allegiance to expedience and
General Tommy Franks, the retired chief of US Central Command , is a
man whom I greatly admire and respect. His leadership is unparalleled
in instilling confidence in his troops in the war against terrorism.
Yet, recently, he commented on the elections in Iraq that it does not
matter whom they elect just as long as they vote, for that is the
will of the people. Does Tommy Franks honestly believe the idea that
free elections bring democracy to a people who approve of terrorists
walking freely amongst them?
Such was the case in this most recent Palestinian election. It is
obvious to me that when terrorists are allowed to vote in any
elections, it is a bastardization of the democratic process. The
purpose of free and fair democratic elections is not to legitimize
the creation of a terrorist state, but to give people a chance to
elect officials who support an infrastructure that uphold liberty´s
So when Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas stated, "We will demonstrate to
the world that the Palestinian people chose to hold free and fair
democratic elections," it became obvious to me he is using the idea
of democratic process here as a subterfuge to gain leverage from the
international community. By playing on what people in the West think
would be the greatest hope for the success of peace in the Middle
East, the creation of a democratic state of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas
has managed to legitimize his election. His success is reflected in
the Western media. His latest ruse now demonstrates that in
international affairs, ignorance - not oil - is the most common
product of the Middle East.
The idea that free elections will lead to a society where free choice
becomes a time-honored mandate, while the majority believes that
allegiance to the words of Allah overrides allegiance to people´s
fundamental rights, is more than a bit of a stretch.
Maybe banning the Koran for a few years and handing out copies of
America´s Bill of Rights and Constitution might be in order first.
This is not very likely, of course, because the separation of mosque
and state - the ultimate weapon to end to the spread of terrorism and
tyranny in the Middle East - has become a dirty word for those who
are in charge of spreading liberty there.
Ironically, truly free elections will serve a purpose in the
Palestinian Authority, because they will finally certify the true
spirit of the Palestinian movement - allegiance to terrorism and anti-
Semitism, all in the name of Islam. Unfortunately, the notion that
free elections equal democracy, because it is the "will of the
people", will become the latest expedient for the international
community to call for the creation of a Palestinian state. There is
no end to the number of fools who will sanction this madness.
Two weeks ago, the former president of United States, Jimmy Carter,
and his international posse set out to do just that. They embarked on
a voyage to the Palestinian Authority to insure that the election was
not compromised. However, there was no mention from any of them about
the lack of free press, the implementation of religious tyranny or
terrorists´ immunity from prosecution, all sanctioned by the
Yet, the observers issued a certificate of authenticity by
proclaiming "because the Palestinians have shown good faith in their
elections, they are now in good standing with the international
community. As a result, the Palestinians are fully qualified to
negotiate on equal terms with the state of Israel in order to create
a Road Map for peace."
The international community will meet again in England this year,
hosted by Tony Blair. There, they will demand that Israel must
respect the will of the Palestinian leaders, because the latter were
elected by their people in free and democratic elections.
There, Tony Blair will try to resurrect his political career by using
his "I supported you" card to pressure President George Bush to back
Mahmoud Abbas. He will do this in order to appease the leaders and
people of his own country and of the European Union, who now have
both become more than apprehensive about the staggering growth of
Muslim populations in their nations.
If he can accomplish this, he can extract himself from being in the
middle of a dispute in which the European Union´s abhorrence of the
United States´ policy in support of Israel continues to grow; and he
can shore up his commitment to his own people, the European Union and
the United Nations by putting the onus on Israel to create peace in
the Middle East.
Free elections equal democracy? So much for putting the spread of
democracy in the hands of fools. (IsraelNationalNews © 01/30/05)
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