Hamas, A Palestinian Army, Rooting out Corruption and Dealing With Israel
A lot has been said about the Hamas victory in the media in recent days and almost all of it has been negative. This reminds me to the response of the democratic West after the success of the Front for Islamic Salvation in the early nineties. One misconception that I have heard in the media is that Hamas is some kind of Palestinian version of the Taliban; which is not the case. Women are well-represented in the Hamas movement and Hamas has put significant resources into educating and organizing women. Other readers have pointed out that a significant number of Hamas MP’s are will be women. I do not expect Hamas to impose a Taliban style order on the people, because that will not culturally fit into any segment of Palestinian society, religious or otherwise. What they may try and do is to enhance the Islamic character of this society and reform based on Islamic principals.
One of the main complaints that has come from Israel and the West is that Hamas would like to form a Palestinian army and does not want to give up their weapons. While many see this as unwise; I see this as the only rational decision Hamas can make. In a time of conflict, with no peace resolution on the table, it is unrealistic to ask either Hamas or the Israelis to disarm, so what is the solution? I agree with President Bush when he says that political parties should not have armed wings so the realistic alternative is to have Hamas militias merge into the Palestinian security forces. This will create one chain of leadership for all of those operating in Palestine and will make one leader responsible for the actions of the forces and all who operate outside of this framework; whether it be Islamic Jihad or the PFLP, will be considered rouges to be punished by the unified Palestinian security forces. The only alternative to this is the continuance of Hamas militias who do not have to answer to anyone in Palestine.
The next issue is of international aid and relations to Israel. If Hamas does as it plans to do, and puts first things first, they will clean up the corruption in the Palestinian bureaucracies and create a better and more transparent way of governing. This will force other governments to take notice at this new-found professionalism in the Palestinian Authority and they will know that there money will no longer go into Swiss bank accounts and yes, those who have clearly been corrupt in the past, from Fattah or not, should be prosecuted for their crimes against the Palestinian people. What Hamas have to do, and I believe will do, is to take a more realistic stance towards Israel and recognize that they cannot blow Israel of the map with suicide bombings or wordy pronouncements. If Hamas is to succeed, it will have to deal with Israel and it cannot be both a governing political party and an armed group attacking Israel; it is time for some serious decision making.
Chinese Dogs and Japanese Women
Dogs have long been a favorite cuisine of the Chinese. Which like a lot of other people, and Islamic law, I personally find disgusting. However, as the Chinese, like a lot of other Asians, are seeking to worship and mimic all things Western, the good, bad and downright stupid, pet dogs are becoming quite the phenomena in China. This is especially happening amongst the affluent and urban Chinese who have the “Damn, I wish I was white” syndrome even worst then the Indo-Pakistanis who run many masjids in America.
Japanese women on the other had seem to be following the sunnah of a lot of Western women and are not having children and often not even marrying, according to a recent BBC report, in order to pursue a mindless consumer lifestyle of buying every stupid piece of clothing and what not they see on TV or see Jennifer Aniston wearing. Spend, spend spend is the motto of the Japanese women and of course they are buying their way into a Western lifestyle they see as infallible. Unlike American women, who at least have their own apartments, or have roommates, the Japanese women are balling at the mall and staying at home with their parents. They then want a man who they will marry who will also support their lifestyle, and they expect to not have to contribute to the household expenses at all. There is a word for this; it is going being a leach. I suggest to Japanese men that you kick those women to the curb and head to the Philippines or Thailand.