The AP is running an almost-balanced news analysis of the upcoming Bush/Abbas talks.
Except for the fact that they call Hamas “extremists” and “militants,” neglect to mention that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel, that they are terrorists and murderers, not politicians, and that if the Ba’athists were refused slots in the Iraqi elections, and the Taliban in the Afghan elections, it is only natural that Hamas be refused to be allowed to participate in palestinian elections. But that Exception Clause keeps on kicking in.
But Edward Abington, a former U.S. consul-general in Jerusalem who advises the Palestinian leadership, said Abbas prefers bringing Hamas and other militant groups into the political process, where he hopes to bind them to law-and-order legislation.
“As far as running in an election, you cannot cherry-pick between those you like and those you don’t like,” Abington said in an interview. “But once they are in the legislature they will be bound by the decisions and the laws passed by the legislature.”
Abbas may face similar requests to screen out extremist candidates when he meets with House and Senate leaders after seeing the president. Abbas also was to meet with Vice President Dick Cheney.
Oh, yeah. Once they become legislators, they’re going to suddenly realize it’s illegal to murder people. Uh-huh. Sure. Because, it’s not like they already ignore the laws regarding, say, Israelli “collaborators.
Yeah. Sure. Uh-huh.