Hamas Waits to Be "Discovered"

[Daily Star-Lebanon] George Giacaman - Hamas does not perceive itself as having lost in the Gaza war, despite the tremendous price the Palestinians paid. The movement is still in control of the territory and assumes that realpolitik will ultimately prevail. An additional factor is the uncertain regional policies of the West. Both the U.S. and the UK have altered their classification of "terrorist organizations," so that Washington has discovered there is a "moderate" wing to the Taliban that can be negotiated with, while the UK discovered a "political" wing to Hizbullah. Hamas, too, has a political wing, as well as "moderates," waiting to be discovered.

2009-04-14 06:00:00

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