The Palestinians Have Spoken
by Ali Sina
four years ago, the world was flabbergasted to watch ululating
Palestinians rejoice and cheer for the death of thousands of Americans in
9/11. Despite that the Americans did not hold grudges against them and
kept pouring into their economy one billion dollars a year. The
Palestinians rely on two external sources of income: Israeli-collected
taxes on Palestinian goods and aid that comes primarily from
. They depend on these handouts, without which they won't be able to
election results of last week show that the anti American and pro
terrorist sentiment among the Palestinians is prevalent. The victory of
Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for suicide bombings in
and anti Americanism was not a fluke. 77% of the population voted
enthusiastically in a very clean and fair election. Hamas won 76 seats
compared to Fatah’s 43. Palestinians overwhelmingly chose the members of
this terrorist organization as their leaders.
election, more than anything else, tells us who the Palestinians are and
where they stand in regards to terrorism.
presses for democracy in Islamic countries as if democracy is panacea.
Democracy is however a double edge sword. Democracy without responsibility
can lead to tyranny. There is nothing more dangerous than putting the
power in the hands of a people who are not responsible.
other Islamic countries ready for democracy? If complete free elections
are held today, and people are allowed to choose their own candidates,
Osama Bin Laden would probably be elected as the president in several
Islamic countries. As for
, although the removal of Saddam was a gain for the world, the future of
the Iraqis is less certain.
all people know what is good for them. Before empowering them, they must
be educated. Rights come with responsibility. Those who are not
responsible can't handle their rights and should not have them. This would
be like putting a weapon in the hands of a child. He can hurt others and
It is irresponsible to give rights to those who are not responsible.
all the Islamic countries, perhaps
is the only one that is ready for democracy. And that is because the
Iranians have learned their lesson the hard way. Even there, it won’t be
easy, as they hardly know what democracy means. Twenty seven years ago,
the Iranians seized the power with great jubilee and handed it to the
Islamists. Soon their jubilee turned into grief and they have shed a
thousand tears of regret, ever since. They have not stopped cursing
themselves for acting irresponsibly. Today, given the chance,
they may act differently. But alas they do not have that luxury
solution to the problems in Islamic counties is democracy. But before you
hand people that awesome power, you must prepare them for it.
understood the danger of democracy when people are not yet ready for self
rule. The peripatetic philosopher was not against democracy. He suggested
a sound balance between two extremes – one that romanticizes the rule of
people and the other that advocates the governance of the elite that