Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Negotiating With Hamas

I suspected Brit involvement in the story that the US would now negotiate with Hamas. I was right:

The BBC reported a genuine scoop on the Today programme (0732) this morning. In the wake of last month's victory by Hamas in the local election, reporter James Reynolds went to see the new acting mayor -- only to bump into two medium-ranking British diplomats leaving a meeting with said Hamas apparatchik. Thus the BBC stumbled across Britain's dirty little secret -- that despite the fact that it has declared Hamas to be a proscribed terrorist organisation, it has quietly started to treat it as a legitimate political party and deal with its representatives.

The good news is that this story broke while Jack Straw, the appropriately named Brit Foreign Minister, was in Israel & he no doubt had the crap beaten out of him.