I do know that Hamas is considered a terrorist organization, yet now they must form a government for the Palestinians. Democracy being what it is, I don't think they were expecting to win, but that the voters handed them a surprise. The recent ruling party, Fatah, was voted out. Ed Morrisey covers it much better than I at Captain's Quarters.
I suspect that Hamas didn't really want to win, but wanted to consolidate political power as a purely opposition party. The problem for them is that a majority of Palestinians agreed with them. This is going to cause huge problems for Palestine as they have repeatedly called for the end of the peace process and refuse to admit the right of Israel to survive.
Another Hamas official, Mushir al-Masri, warned that Hamas would not hold peace talks with Israel. "Negotiations with Israel is not on our agenda," he said. "Recognising Israel is not on the agenda either now."
The Palestinians have handed us a rogue government, and I applaud their idiocy. The official stance of the new government is absolutely against peace. I doubt the Israelis will long tolerate that government.
The United States should immediately end all aid to Palestine. The people have voted and have made their wishes known in a Democratic process. We should honor that process but should not subsidize their hatred.
Warriors everywhere are looking at Palestine with intense interest. I'm sure that informal map studies are being conducted in the major military acadamies of the world. I'm also sure that formal map studies are being conducted in the major military headquarters of the world. The seeds of war have been sown and now they must reap the whirlwind.
I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect I'm not. As long as nukes aren't used, we should just sit this one out. When it is all over, we can order new maps.