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January 27, 2006

Shock: Jimmy Carter Calls For Funding Hamas

It's insufficiently "nuanced" to deny funding to a terrorist organization, I suppose.

Palestinian defenders keep saying, "Well, this was a fair election, we should respect their choice." Well, I do respect their choice in the sense that I believe it was voluntarily and knowingly made, and it represents their true political preference.

But respect for their choice does not mean I have to honor their choice. If a plebiscite in Hitler's Germany determined that 70% of the German population favored the genocide of the Jews, I would acknowlege that as a fair and democratic mandate-- and also a vile one.

Elections have consequences, as they say. The fact that we might approve of democracy as political procedure does not require us to approve of every vile and murderous decision democratically agreed upon.


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