This is Hamas
There were five of them. They stood over me and shot my legs from the knee down. One of them put his Kalashnikov to my head. Instinctively I moved the barrel aside and the bullet hit my hand.
The speaker? A Palestinian policeman and Hamas voter.
When Hamas was voted in I was happy. I mean, a government voted out for corruption, peaceful transition of power. You don’t see that every day.
But apparently, there’s more to democracy than election. One thing they forgot is the principle of continuity: any new administration is bound by the commitments made by past administrations. The other is the idea of concentration of power. Political parties do not own military force, the state does. That one, actually, is the stale legacy of Arafat. When he got hold of the steering wheel, he intentionally left ‘uncontrolled’ militias which he could feed and starve to regulate the temperature of the flames. Now, finally, the PLO is calling for general disarmament.