In The Republic, Plato argues that democracy is the second worst form of government. It is only exceeded by tyranny. He goes on to demonstrate how a democracy can easily slip into a tyranny. Churchill was of a slightly different opinion, that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
The recent election of Hamas as the governing party of Palestine is a perfect illustration of potential prolems with democracy. Hamas won 76 seats out of 132.
But really, one has to ask, would Fatah have been a better choice?
Certainly one might try to argue that at least Fatah was not a terrorist organization. However it is a very corrupt party and Yasser Arafat, when he was alive, was hardly a man of peace (Nobel Prize notwithstanding.)
I support Bush, Harper, Olmert and any other leader when they say they will not deal with a terrorist government. Hamas has repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel. They cannot be considered our ally unless they are willing to deal in a professional, non-violent manner. If they want to be treated like a nation, then they need to act like one.
I have to be quite frank; I have little if any sympathy for Palestinians in their so-called fight for independence. I have even less sympathy for them than I do the Bloc and the PQ, if such a thing is possible. When Israel was first established as a nation, the Arabs in the region were offered partition, a chance to form a nation of their own (nevermind the fact that they had already been given Jordan). This offer was flatly refused. Then, as now, the Arab world was more concerned with the destruction of Israel than it was with peace. It seems very convenient to me that they should now want a nation. Should they ever build a nation, I consider it extremely unlikely that this would be the end of the matter.