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October 07, 2005

Unknown Group Kidnaps Three Hamas Members in Gaza

As the "Roadmap to Peace" seems to be provoking a possible Palestinian civil war, does that mean we should abandon this "quagmire"?

Just curious. I'm not sure why kidnappings in Iraq should be taken as proof that what we're doing is wrong whereas kidnappings in Palestine mean we're on the right track. I'm sure there must be a logical explanation.

Related?: No Dancing In Gaza! Dancing is unIslamic:

VISION of an Islamic society that bans mixed dancing and sternly disapproves of homosexuality has been given by Mahmoud Zahar, the most senior leader of Hamas in Gaza.

After controversies when a Hamas-led council halted a dance festival and Islamist gunmen stopped a rap band performing in Gaza, Dr Zahar defended the enforcement of a strict interpretation of Islam.

“A man holds a woman by the hand and dances with her in front of everyone. Does that serve the national interest?” Dr Zahar said on the Arabic website Elaph. “If so, why have the phenomena of corruption and prostitution become pervasive in recent years?”

Because of successes by Hamas in municipal polls and its likely strong showing in January’s parliamentary elections, secular Palestinians fear that it will try to impose its ultraconservative vision on them. Its Gaza heartland has no cinemas or bars, yet the West Bank has a brewery and Ramallah restaurants serve wine.

Let's do some internet detective-work here.

FACT: Hamas opposes dancing.

FACT: Three Hamas leaders kidnapped.

QUESTION: Who is the mysterious figure behind the kidnappings? There can only be one answer:

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Thank you, Kevin Bacon, for fighting the war for western civilization, and also for your right to dance. I think I'll forgive you for Hollow Man. Maybe even for She's Having a Baby.

Thanks to Nat for the Gaza-dancing tip and the suggestion of a Kevin Bacon joke.



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