January 26, 2006
Oh my. The Palestinians just had an election and Hamas just won. The two main political parties in play in this election were the ruling Fatah, the late Yasser Arifat's party which supports negociations with Isreal and Hamas, an Islamic party that rejects the peace process and is considered a terrorist organization by the US and Israel. The Hamas win is completely unexspected and completely blows up the Bush administration's approach to the Middle East. Bush pushed hard for these elections. He gives speech after speech about elections and democracy. Now a group has taken power that it is offical US policy not to talk to. Which means the "Peace Process" is dead in the water.