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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"Pragmatic" Haniya

I was getting a little tired of hearing about how "pragmatic" Ismail Haniya was, and how "pragmatic" Hamas could be, et cetera. For example, a quick Google search of headlines found the following five:
Hamas picks pragmatist premier
Hamas pragmatist appointed prime minister
Hamas' Choice for PM seen as pragmatist
Pragmatic Haniya Leads New Palestinian Cabinet
Hamas names popular pragmatist as Palestinian prime minister
I mean, to my mind, pragmatic means practical, and Hamas appear to be anything but. Let's look at Hamas' "problem."
Problem of Hamas: They live next door to a country they at once despise yet refuse to recognize. By committing acts of violence against the non-recognized country, they make the lives of their fellow Palestinians increasingly desperate and pathetic. Also, many of them die.
Okay, so, were they truly "pragmatic," surely this would be their solution: Recognize that hating neighbour has not stopped it from existing and even thriving. Remember Ben Franklin saying about insanity being doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Decide, however begrudgingly, to recognize existence of despised neighbour. Find way to co-exist, as many of us do on this planet, with neighbours we hate. For example, stop killing people and blowing things up. Watch as energy spent plotting destruction of neighbour is channelled into building businesses, infrastructure, et cetera. Watch as neighbour, now not routinely threatened with destruction, becomes more kindly disposed to you and helps you more and more. Watch as economy improves. Palestinian territories become less of a hellhole.
And so on.
Instead, the following has been their solution: Continue to threaten destruction of apparently non-recognizable/non-existent country. Continue to blow self and others up. Continue on path to hell.
So how "pragmatic" could they truly be?
Well, apparently very. I looked up "pragmatic" in my dictionary, and here is what I found:

Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical.
Relating to or being the study of cause and effect in historical or political events with emphasis on the practical lessons to be learned from them.
Archaic -- Active in an officious or meddlesome way. Dogmatic; dictatorial.

Hmm. The archaic definition fits! Every day you learn something.
Back to the current definition, however, the folks at Honest Reporting have an analysis of just how "pragmatic" Haniya and Hamas truly are.

Cross-posted at Wonkitties.

Posted by wonkitties on February 21, 2006 in International Affairs | Permalink


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