from the New York Post
WHY HAMAS WON
UGLY IMPLICATIONS FOR IRAQ
by Ralph Peters
Our problem is that, of those who rise in government, few have witnessed the power of revelation or caught a life-changing glimpse of the divine. They simply can’t imagine that others might be willing to die for all that mumbo-jumbo. Our convenience-store approach to faith leaves us numb to the passion of our enemies.
The true believer always beats the feckless attendee. The best you can hope for is that the extremist will eventually defeat himself.
And that does leave us some hope: Fanatics inevitably over-reach, as al Qaeda’s Islamo-fascists have done in Iraq, alienating those who once saw them as allies. But the road to self-destruction can be a long one: The people of Iran want change, but the fanatics have the guns. And sorry, folks: Fanatics with guns beat liberals with ideas.
for the rest of Ralph Peters’ insight http://www.nypost.com/seven/06192007/postopinion/opedcolumnists/why_hamas_won_opedcolumnists_ralph_peters.htm