Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tariq Alhomayed on the AKP victory and Hamas

More interesting analysis from Asharq Alawsat:
[...]If the AKP abuses its sweeping victory and makes changes in Turkey's core constitution as a way of gaining more power, thereby forcing the army to intervene, it will then prove to be no different than most other Islamist parties, as most Islamist parties who rise to power declare "game over" as soon as they wield it. They soon announce that "Islam is the answer" and that God is the ultimate ruler, and they are His men. Woe unto whoever objects to this, of course!

By this, we are reminded of the Hamas situation. Hamas rose to power via elections that were only made possible in the first place by the Oslo Accords. These same international accords were soon rejected by Hamas, as it decided to change the rules of the democratic game and govern Gaza through weapons and fatwas [religious rulings]. All the facts show that Hamas has lost, not due to a coup of any sort, but have in fact lost by winning the elections!

If the AKP follows suit, it will also suffer great losses and it will only prove the stereotype that no Islamist party can ever rule successfully. If Erdogan's party, however, demonstrates rationality, and governs the country with Turkey’s best interest in mind, while also respecting its constitution and abiding by the rules of the game so that it is fair to everyone, it will then mark the beginning of a new era in the region for Islamist parties and for democracy as a whole. [...]
I'm not holding my breath about that "new era," of course, but how's that for a brief description of Hamas's political trajectory?

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