From trench to governance: A necessary metamorphosis for hamas

  • OJ Osai
  • LUM Eleanya


The paper focuses on the hard line position of the Bush Administration towards Hamas in the wake of its victory at the polls in Palestine and the seeming disagreement amongst members of the Middle East Quartet. Citing and commencing with the George Washington Administration, the paper presents a global overview of numerous governments that emerged from the trench into governance but quickly draws a distinction in the fact that Hamas has a policy of destroying the State of Israel, the neighbor on the other side of the hedgerow of attrition. The paper draws a distinction between HamasH (the home team that fought in the trenches) and HamasD (Hamas in the Diaspora) and recommends that HamasH should draw sufficiently from the intelligentsia in HamasD to run the government and attract greater respectability and, consequently, acceptability from the international community. The paper recommends that while the Bush Administration, the Middle East Quartet and the State of Israel should give Hamas a chance fro lasting peace in the region, Hamas should shed the battle fatigue and embrace the dialogue-driven motif and realities of democratic governance.

Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 8(1) 2005: 32-36




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