Michael Goldfarb of the McCain campaign writes in to say that I libeled Sarah Palin in my previous post:
 

Governor Palin did no such thing, and your title is nothing short of slander. Having read your work for some time I doubt that you believe Hamas qualifies as "those who seek democracy." That you would put those words in Governor Palin's mouth is libel.


Umm, Michael, the title was a joke, designed to make the point that Sarah Palin knows so little about the Middle East that she accidentally "endorsed" Hamas. It's hard to tell, of course, because her answer made no sense. As to Goldfarb's second point, I actually believe that Hamas does "seek democracy," but for its own ends. Unlike al Qaeda, Hamas and other Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations do participate in the political process, in order to take control of their countries. Whether they would give up power after losing a free and fair election is another question. I could go on, but it's time to sign off for a bit. As they say in the Beka'a Valley, L'Shana Tovah Tikatevu.

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