Friday, January 27, 2006

Palestine and democratic process

We can dispense with any suspicion of the election result itself. In the U.S., where public relations firms run elections, this brutal perversion of our championed mechanism produces little more than an empty analysis, or some quiet criticism. We can also reject the Huntingtonian "clash of civilizations". There is no clash, the U.S. has forged close relations with the most fundamentalist and repressive regimes in the Muslim world, as democracy would run counter to particular interests of world order and capitalist accumulation. On the other hand, democracy is cynically imposed in other, less affluent areas, where legitimacy and power hang in the balance. These curious relations with the idea of democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere in the "developing" world allow for a kaleidoscopic lens through which to examine the Hamas victory. One finds no consensus, no rational, single line of analysis. The situation complicates further daily. This can only be a good thing. The only certainty is that Fatah has run it's course... for the time being(?). A choice has been made by the people on the ground, right or wrong. Very real circumstances impelled this victory. But beyond good and evil, it stands as it is.

The U.S. should recognize the outcome of a free, democratic election it lended support to. This week's triumph of Hamas was feared, but the U.S. refused to allow the postponement of the election. It is probably safe to rest easy. As is well-known, the transcending, negative political forces within are almost invariably incorporated into the rationality of the prevailing order. The within or without of Hamas is up for debate, but this transformation occured with Fatah, rendering it impotent, corrupt, and ultimately stripped of power.


Blogger Maaadt said...

Good stuff as always Jaychon. I've gotta devote at least 30mins a week to listen to NPR or something. I fued with my boss daily for tuning the restaurant's TVs to 'American Al-Jezeera' aka FOX News, all the news that Rupert Murdoch sees fit to report.

I don't know much about this party that won the elections over there but it serves us right. You cannot and should not attempt to implement democracy where it so clearly will not fit. At work I over heard my boss talking to one of his friends about the 'dangers' of this party that won. He was struggling for a simile to liken it to, and I lended that it's almost as dangerous as the GOP. He wasn't amused.

I also maintain to others that the reason I boycot network reality TV shows (i'll admit some of the cable ones are slighly interesting, since the prize is far less substantial they actually are forced to develop some kind of story-line) is because THEY are the reason that nobody cares about the war. Though sports are also used as a distraction (and we all know where I stand on sports), mindless reality TV and the obsession with celebrity relationships are 2 major forms of media distraction that everyone seems to fall into. Not I.
but on the same note, it's not like I'm using that extra time to find out truth behind the government's lies, I'm just tripling up on the time watching sports. So I'm no better than the next person watching American Idol and reading the National Inquirer.

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