Yeah, this is pretty crazy. No matter which side you come down on in the Palestine/Israel conflict, there's no way this can be good for the region. Hamas has been making strides to become a legitimate political organization rather than just a terrorist group recently though, so maybe they will realize that the only way for them to truly have any power is politically--not militarily--and back off of the bombings, etc. As I see it there are a couple of definite positives that should come out of this: it will force Fatah to be less corrupt, and this is the first hint at a true, multi-party democracy in Palestine. Of course, there are negatives as well: Hamas will not be recognized internationally (especially by the US and Israel, at least until they disarm...which will never happen), also, although there has supposedly been a year-long truce, Hamas could use their increased power and legitimacy to escalate violence (especially since many Palestinians think violence is the reason that Israel pulled out of Gaza in the first place).
Hamas started out as a charitable/social organization before evolving into a terrorist group...maybe they can revert back to being a legitimate, positive force in the region (but I wont be holding my breath).
The Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas, which has said it favors the destruction of Israel, won a landslide victory in Palestinian elections
Yes doctor, I am sick. Sick of those who are spineless. Sick of those who feel self-entitled. Sick of those who are hypocrites. Yes doctor, an army is forming. Yes doctor, there will be a war. Yes doctor, there will be blood.....
Hamas is, without a doubt, a terrorist organization. I wish there could be some common ground. The whole basis of the Islamic fundamentalists hating western nations is that we recognize Israel as a nation and not Palestine. Isn't all about Jerusalem? Hamas is all about waging a modern Crusade and it's crazy that these democratic processes in Palestine are just giving terrorists more power.