We do not negotiate with terrorists

At risk of encouraging you to stop reading this post, this post is somewhat moot.

Will we negotiate with terrorists or won't we? That is the question.

Noting that the first thing the US government does in the wake of Hamas' electoral victory in Palestine is to re-label Hamas as a terrorist group, Last Night in Little Rock wonders whether the US hasn't painted itself into a corner: "White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's pronouncement last Wednesday ("We do not deal with Hamas. Hamas is a terrorist organization. Under current circumstances, I don't see any change in that.") may have to change as [Condi] Rice recognizes reality."

Last Night points to Reagan's arms for hostages deals and the EU's willingness to deal with Hamas.

Look, Fatah, Arafat's party, was associated with Al Aqsa Martyr's brigades. Before they forget it quickly to climb up Bush's bum on this, we'll link to right wing blogger Little Green Footballs' acknowledgment of this reality. Sharon, Israel's PM is a war criminal. Several past Israeli PMs were high profile heads of terrorist organizations (Menacham Begin, for one).

This is PR BS. It's certainly worth analyzing the situation as it's played out in the popular consciousness -- we can't marginalize ourselves -- but it's also crucial to lay out the land. We're dealing with two countries in the throes of a long standing war. In wartime popularity often comes to the most powerful warrior with morality taking a back seat. Bush will, and does, negotiate with terrorists. (TalkLeft)

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