Thursday, December 22, 2005

NY Times Watch: Hamas On The Ballot

An editorial in today's NY Times urges the Bush administration to urge Israel not to interfere with the upcoming Palestinian elections. In the name of democracy, the Times concedes the right of Hamas members to run for office.
Israel is concerned about a strong showing by Hamas. That's understandable, but democracy doesn't work this way.
Maybe the editorial board of the paper of record should familiarize itself with the following section of the Oslo Accords (Annex 2, Article III):
The nomination of any candidates, parties or coalitions will be refused, and such nomination or registration once made will be canceled, if such candidates, parties or coalitions:

1. commit or advocate racism; or
2. pursue the implementation of their aims by unlawful or non- democratic means.
Both counts would appear to cover Hamas. The mainstream media as a whole, not just the NY Times, is guilty of ignoring the fact that Hamas members should not be eligible to run for office.