Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Blame (or Credit) the People

Jonah Goldberg on the election in Palestine:

There are serious differences between German or Italian fascism and Hamas's Islamism. But these are largely intellectual and academic distinctions. As a social phenomenon, the Palestinians voted for politicians such as Mrs. Farahat. She belongs to a brutal, terroristic, irredentist, militant organization dedicated to restoring national pride at the expense of exterminating millions of people, who just happen to be Jews. This was no secret, and it is a form of condescension bordering on infantilism to assert that the Palestinians didn't know what they were voting for. If the new government had the means, it would be Palestine's willing executioners.

Recognizing this fact doesn't automatically mean we should treat the Palestinians like cartoon villains who can never change. That's as foolish as assuming they didn't know what they were getting when they cast a ballot for Mrs. Farahat.
Read the whole thing--I suspect that this article is a better preview of his book than the blurb on Amazon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thought that most historians had disposed of Goldhagans theory long ago....