I've always thought that Hamas' popularity with the down and out is a bit like the DNC --it has created social programs throughout Gaza and the West Bank and ensured a dependant support group (or voter base), yet the politics of Hamas are one of the main factors holding the Palestinians down (Sound familiar?). Hamas has been declared a "Terrorist Organization" by Australia, Canada, the European Union, Israel, and the United States (and is banned in Jordan).
Yet, on Monday Mikhail Gorbachev blasted the US for not including Hamas in the political process.
"Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday warned the United States against unilateralism in global affairs and hailed the Kremlin's invitation for Hamas to visit Moscow, criticizing the West for trying to shun the organization.
Gorbachev said the United States had failed to use the end of the Cold War for purposes of global development and abused its position as the world's only superpower.
"There is only one superpower now and it doesn't know what to do with its status," Gorbachev said at a meeting with foreign reporters. "As a result, we got Yugoslavia and Iraq, and the situation has only got worse."
Gorbachev also strongly backed Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation to Hamas to visit Moscow, saying that the move offers an opportunity to draw the it into the peace process." (source)
Reiterating my thoughts on the "world Court" from the other day --THIS is precisely why other leaders shouldn't be making decisions for the United States.
"Hamas views the Arab-Israeli conflict as "a religious struggle between Islam and Judaism that can only be resolved by the destruction of the State of Israel." (source)
"The 1988 Hamas Covenant states that the organization's goal is to "raise the banner of God over every inch of Palestine," i.e. to eliminate the State of Israel (and any secular Palestinian state which may be established), and to replace it with an Islamic Republic." (source)
And they START THEM YOUNG...
Sure! Invite them right away for a State dinner at the White House...like that doesn't fly in the face of everything we have said about fighting terrorism.