Obamas To Talk Bombas With Hamas

Unsurprisingly, Bambi’s administration is going to have talks with Hamas,

The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bush’s :­doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organisation, sources close to the transition team say.

The move to open contacts with Hamas, which could be initiated through the US intelligence services, would represent a definitive break with the Bush :­presidency’s ostracising of the group. The state department has designated Hamas a terrorist organisation, and in 2006 :­Congress passed a law banning US financial aid to the group.

The Guardian has spoken to three :­people with knowledge of the discussions in the Obama camp. There is no talk of Obama approving direct diplomatic negotiations with Hamas early on, but he is being urged by advisers to initiate low-level or clandestine approaches, and there is growing recognition in Washington that the policy of ostracising Hamas is counter-productive. A tested course would be to start :­contacts through Hamas and the US intelligence services, similar to the secret process through which the US engaged with the PLO in the 1970s. Israel did not become aware of the contacts until much later.

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Why not go ahead and have Obama directly chat up Hamas? He did promise unconditional negotiations with the world’s bad actors, didn’t he? In any case, Hamas is a terrorist group, not significantly different than Al-Qaeda. So, what exactly is there to talk about with them? Maybe Obama can negotiate how many Jews they’re allowed to murder before we have to start cutting back on their aid.

In the end, it’s hard to see what this will accomplish for us — but for Hamas, it’s a fantastic development. Now they can ask for all sorts of goodies that Team Obama will be all too happy to provide to them in exchange for utterly meaningless promises and agreements.

PS: What message do you think this sends to the world on America’s seriousness about the war on terror?

PS #2: Does this help legitimize Hamas with its own people and countries across the world or help delegitimize Hamas with countries across the world?

PS #3: Does this strengthen Hamas’ hand or weaken it?

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