Thursday, January 8, 2009

What Lafif Lakhdar Failed to Mention

Quoted from the Middle Eastern Media Research Institute:

"On October 17, 2008, liberal Arab thinker Lafif Lakhdar posted an article on the reformist e-journal, in which he characterized Hamas as another link in the chain of Palestinian rejectionism, i.e., in their tendency to refuse all suggestions of compromise. This tendency, he said, is rooted in religious extremism and brings disaster upon the Palestinians. Lakhdar called on the Palestinians to take stock of their situation and start making realistic decisions based on pragmatic political considerations."

The excerpt to his article can be found here here.

Mr. Lakhdar hit the nail on the head, however, at least from the excerpt, what he failed to mention, is that the same extremist religious thinking that leads to Hamas rejection of compromise with Israel, also demands that Hamas dies fighting Israel, rather than living in peace with Israel. Note the example of senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayan.

Mr. Lakhdar also failed to mention that any change in the Hamas political stance MUST come with a religious conversion, becuase Hamas' political thinking is based on its' religious beliefs.

In order to change, Hamas would ultimately have to become "moderate" Muslim in nature, which will be difficult to justify on a religious basis, or become completely non-Muslim.

Good luck with that. Although, with God, all things are possible.

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