Friday, January 27, 2006

The irony of democracy

Well, it seems that Hamas has won the Palestinian elections and by a huge margin as well:
"Sixty seats makes a winner, but winning by this large majority means the Palestinian people have given us a high level of confidence and put a heavy responsibility in our hands."

A militant group formally sworn to the destruction of Israel, Hamas swept to victory over the long-dominant Fatah movement in Wednesday's polls, a political earthquake that may bury any hope for peace talks with Israel soon.
Yep, so much for any chance of continuing middle eastern peace talks. I certainly hope the average Palestinian knows what they are potentially in for now that they've decided to do this. The response from the international community should be very interesting indeed. I know that Kofi Annan was certainly not impressed from what footage I saw of him on the BBC.