Terence Jeffrey (thanks to Ruth King) highlights some of the wrong thinking inherent within the Democracy to the Middle East project:
The eventual election of a terrorist group to run the Palestinian legislature presumably was not what Woodrow Wilson had in mind when he brought the United States into World War I, telling Congress it was an opportunity to establish “a universal dominion of right” based on democracy and self-determination for all peoples.
Yet last week’s exercise of Palestinian self-determination resulted not only in a triumph for the terror group Hamas, but in an opportunity for Hamas to remind the world that its charter calls for destroying Israel, one of America’s best friends in the world and still the sole Western-style democracy in the Middle East.
As reported by The Washington Times this week, Mohammed Nazzal, a Hamas leader, told Al Arabiya TV, “The Americans and the European Union are dreaming if they think they can force us to change our positions.”
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