Wednesday, July 19

In US as in Middle East, what happens when the Majority is Wrong?

The attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas demonstrate that democracy and terrorism are not mutually exclusive, as the administration has argued. Hamas has a majority in the Palestinian parliament and controls the government. Hezbollah holds a fifth of the seats in the Lebanese parliament. Now, to build international support against those groups, the United States must make alliances with nondemocratic Arab nations. The choices do seem clear, as Dr. Rice says, but the situation does not seem to be clarifying.