Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

“Democracy. Unfortunately” was Churchill’s response when questioned on the best way to govern. ‘Unfortunately’ for a number of reasons. Because you can get voted out as well as in. The wrong people might get into power . You might not like them. You may have to wait years to get them out. They might be thugs. Liberals will sneer when democracy yields what appear to be the wrong results in the middle east. Yes maybe the still need a religious enlightenment that drags them kicking and screaming into the 21st century to enjoy the kind of democracy we enjoy. But nevertheless an elected party has to take the responsibilities of governing very very seriously indeed. You are no longer simply chucking rocks, flag burning and regularly blowing yourselves up. You’ve a job to do. I admit I did nervously smile when one blogger suggested Hamas would be busy deciding its Minister for Car Bombs. But. If terrorists acting on behalf of an elected Hamas, attack Israel then the latter - a fully armed state with nuclear capability - will be able to acknowledge this as a proper act of war - and retaliate with the full weight of everything Ken and Cherie and the other tut tutters have been moaning about as thus far ‘unfair’.


At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Blogger Mike's America said...

As disappointing as this election result is, it has a good side.

If Hamas rejects calls to end violence and continues to insist on terror as a legitmate weapon, then Israel will be fully empowered to take them out; hopefully once and for all.

Nobody can say that the Palestinian people are just peacelovers being held hostage by undemocratic forces.

It's a painful reality, but one that might find some resolution to this longterm problem.

At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

Oh I completely agree & thats what i was driving at also - in particular my reference to the likes of Cherie Blair and Ken Livingstone here who see them as poor put upon freedom fighters. Anything they do now is a legit act of war.

At Thursday, 02 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it was the best election result.. Fatah, have done nothing and could do nothing with Hamas in the background. Now over to you Hamas and please start a war if you dare - the Israelis are more than a match for you. Or maybe you could do something useful and put some energy into letting your countrymen get on with living.

At Thursday, 02 February, 2006, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

Alison, et al.,

I truly appreciate this discussion of the Hamas victory. I was afraid that the radical right was actually anti-democratic. Glad to see it's not really democracy that you hate, only Democrats.

At Thursday, 02 February, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

Im non plussed about Democrats thats all, Alan. But over here i will argue that the left are the undemocratic ones. If you are in any doubt just look at the toilet paper Bills they stick through our Parliament intended to restrict free speech.


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