The suicide bombing campaign by Hamas had nothing to do with their victory yesterday. Yeah, and most lesbians read Playboy for the articles.
From The Jerusalem Post:
"I am Fatah," said Sayyed, sitting on a couch surrounded by his wife and daughters in their rented home. "But I voted Hamas because they will work for the good of all the Palestinians."
"His daughters laughed. "He's the only one left in the family who's Fatah," they said.
"He's not the first man in his family to support Hamas. On the living room wall across from him was a large picture in the shape of mandatory Palestine, and in the center was the face of his son. In July 2001 his 19-year-old son, Ashraf, blew himself up next to soldiers at the entrance to a settlement in the Jordan Valley.
"Ashraf found Hamas through a combination of becoming more religious and reacting to violence around him. He grew a beard, prayed regularly and studied the Koran instead of going to university. When seven of his friends were killed in an Israeli missile strike on a Hamas office in Nablus, he decided to take revenge.
""He had his ideas and they were different from ours," said Sayyed, 54, adding softly, "He left us."
"Unlike his son, Sayyed is secular and believes in a two-state solution. That did not stop him from voting Hamas.
"Sayyed, who works for the Palestinian labor union, chose Hamas this election because its candidates have a clean reputation and oppose corruption. He believes they will work harder and be more successful in achieving a better situation for the Palestinians and the peace that he longs for."
So Sayyed is a Fatah supporter and believes in a 2 state-solution. Instead of supporting Fatah, he cast his vote for Hamas because in his mind Hamas will work harder and be more succesful than Fatah. Let's parce this. Fatah did not have Israel on its seal, its maps or in the textbooks in the Palestinian schools. Fatah has not been and is not interested in a 2 state-solution. If Fatah was interested in a 2 state-solution Arafat would have accepted Ehud Barak's deal years ago.
So Sayyed cast his lot with a terrorist group. It is true that about 70% of what Hamas does in in social services for the Palestinians. While Arafat and his 40 thieves were siphoning off cash intended for the relief of the Palestinians to their Swiss bank accounts, Hamas was working hard and gaining support by caring for the ill, the down-trodden (ie; all of the Palestinians) and educating the kids and as well blowing up Israelis in their spare moments. Sayyed's son's involvement with Hamas was not in the social services side of Hamas, but with the militant or suicide bombers side. His '7 friends' that were killed at the Hamas office by the Israeli bombs is a nice way of saying they were militant leaders of Hamas. Remember when Sharon said he was going to target the Hamas leaders with surgical strikes and did? Sayyed's son was so involved with the militant side of Hamas that he got his 72 virgins and his parents got the $100,000+ cash payment to parents of suicide bombers from Hamas.
Nice generous Hamas. Salt of the earth type of organization, really. Sayyed is right. Hamas will work harder.
The rest is here.