Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy

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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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