Suicide Bombing in Israel: The Aftermath.
Every newly elected government has its bumps and bruises at the beginning of the road, but in the case of the new Hamas government, the post-election jinx have really taken a huge financial and political black eye, and following yesterday's suicide bombing, things aren't looking up for Palestine's Taliban.
First off, the LA Times:
THE HORROR OF MONDAY'S SUICIDE bombing in Tel Aviv, which killed the bomber and nine other people and wounded scores more, presented Hamas with an opportunity to break from its history as a supporter of terrorism. Instead, a spokesman for Hamas, which formed a Palestinian parliamentary government last month, described the attack carried out by another group, Islamic Jihad, as an act of self-defense.
If there was any lingering doubt that the U.S. and Europe were right to ostracize the Hamas government and cut off economic aid, it has been dramatically dispelled. It remains part of the problem, not part of any Arab-Israeli solution.
(H.T. Captain's Quarters)
If this is the opinion of a liberal editorial board like the LA Times, you can only imagine how the conservative press is treating this.
But Hamas' nature and arrogance has not only united its opposition in the US, but around the world as well. First it was Israel, then Canada, the US, the EU and now Japan:
Japan, which has given $840m (£474m) to the PA since 1993, said it wanted to see Hamas adopt a more peaceful policy, but did not expressly link its decision to the Tel Aviv attack.
You think this might serve as a wake-up call to the people in the Middle East that electing fundamentalist neo-fascists to government only brings about International isolation and economic strangulation? I sure as hell hope so. In truth, the Palestinian people cannot blame these hard times on anyone but the voters themselves who gave Hamas the power they always wanted.