Our first hint should have been when Hamas defeated the PLO/Arafat in the first Palestinian election.
January 20, 1996: WEST BANK (CNN) -- Polls opened in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem early Saturday, giving Palestinians their first chance to do something they have never done before: vote. Election officials say the early turnout to choose a president and legislative council is heavy. Final results show that Hamas won the election, with 74 seats to the ruling-Fatah's 45, providing Hamas with the majority of the 132 available seats and the ability to form a majority government on their own.
We thought the people would choose freedom and democracy over religion BECAUSE if you have the first two, you are guaranteed freedom of religion. Not so. And now, in country after country, it is religion and not democracy that is winning. Iraq is our last, best hope for democracy in the Middle East and I don’t believe it will ever come to pass. Or if it does, it won’t last.
It’s time to rethink our position, revise our foreign aid/assistance, and reassess our allies in that part of the world – a real challenge with a man who is a Muslim sympathizer in the White House.