Former Terrorrists Getting into Government need Time, not God on their Side

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Some viewrepparttar moves ofrepparttar 136198 radicalists to mainstream politics as a positive transformation and it is surely to be hoped thatrepparttar 136199 organizations involved inrepparttar 136200 decades-long strife inrepparttar 136201 region that are now close to becoming involved in mainstream politics, will ultimately disarm. Yet their popularity might be evidencing real hardship onrepparttar 136202 ground. Aside from what's drivingrepparttar 136203 islamist vote, Israel's reaction to a possible Hamas inclusion intorepparttar 136204 PA might not be favorable and it might be unwilling to negotiate with Hamas leaders. But then, this might not turn out to berepparttar 136205 case. Prime Minister Sharon who is said by some to favor a peace process that is open ended might think he has a better negotiating partner in a Hamas partipated PA.

It is also going to be interesting what is going to be happening with Hizbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah leaders have expressed opposition to disarmament that's as strong asrepparttar 136206 the Palestinian Hamas leaders. So far, this issue,repparttar 136207 groups' status as terrorist and their unwillingness to recognize Israel as a state has always deterred countries likerepparttar 136208 US to deal with them as mature political entities. This is changing. Word inrepparttar 136209 diplomatic corridors has it thatrepparttar 136210 State Department might acquiesce in Hizballah's entry into Lebanese politics if it abandons terrorism and severs its political and operational ties with Syria. This US recognition of Hizballah could serve as a precedent for US acceptance of a political role for Hamas.

So far it looks like every major move thatrepparttar 136211 islamist groups make by definition will continue to go accompanied with pledges to hold onto arms. But one ought to bear in mind that oftenrepparttar 136212 public rhetoric is different than any private action. The leader of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrullah, recently reiterated that his group will not give up their weapons. In an interview with Reuters he said that his party will keep its weapons and will not give it up, noting that this decision is because ofrepparttar 136213 continued Israeli occupation andrepparttar 136214 risks of occupation against his country. He even snubbedrepparttar 136215 UN, saying that its Security Council resolution demanding Hizbullah to hand over its weapons is 'meaningless' and 'of no value'.

Meanwhile, in Iraq Al Qaeda's Jordanian-born leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi also recently publicly rejected a call fromrepparttar 136216 new Iraqi president for militants to lay down their arms. Callingrepparttar 136217 new Iraqi leader President Jalal Talabani an agent ofrepparttar 136218 US and Jews,repparttar 136219 rebels said they would continue their strife until Sharia law was established inrepparttar 136220 country and never forgiverepparttar 136221 leader for his "infidelity" and "spilling ofrepparttar 136222 blood of Muslims". It is not clear whetherrepparttar 136223 statement, posted on a website used by Islamist militants is authentic. It is a smack inrepparttar 136224 face however of Mr Talabani, who has been quite lenient to those Iraqi's who have taken to violence overrepparttar 136225 past few years, saying a peaceful solution should be found with Iraqis who were 'led astray' by terrorism. He even invited them in to participate inrepparttar 136226 democratic process and offered some convicted terrorists an amnesty.

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How dogpoo can change the world

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