posted on Jan, 6 2009 @ 01:23 PM
Many thought that Gaza and the West Bank were inseparable entities until Hamas’s bloody takeover of the Strip in the summer of 2007 damaged that
notion. Their 18-month rule is marred by lawlessness, extra-judicial public killings and gang warfare that is more reminiscent of Somalia than a
Time magazine reported on the violence that followed the takeover then: “Gangs have tossed enemies alive off 15-storey buildings, shot one
another’s children and burst into hospitals to finish off wounded foes lying helplessly in bed.”
Additionally, on the first anniversary of Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip, the Christian Science Monitor found a lack of medicines in hospitals
as well as of clean drinking water in the territory, and raw sewage streaming into the sea. And this isn’t because Hamas’s dignity prevents it
from meeting the enemy.
Hamas’s vast propaganda machine around the Arab world mysteriously fails to report on the meetings between its members and Israeli government
representatives. For example, after a 90-minute meeting with an official from the Israeli state electricity company in order to sort out the town’s
electricity needs, the Hamas-affiliated mayor of Qalqilya told the BBC about the meeting: “It was civil, without any problem between him and I.”
By any standards Hamas has failed miserably. It has failed in peace, failed in governance, and moreover failed in war. In addition to Hamas’s
ambiguous political agenda, their goal seems to be resistance for the sake of resistance, a quagmire where the journey really is the destination. It
is time for Hamas to step down and allow more competent leaders to emerge before he causes even more damage to thier cause.