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Alastair Crooke's indulgence of Hamas is a product of late-imperial British defeatism

By Dean Godson   July 2006

Alastair Crooke’s conversation with the Hamas official Osama Hamdan in last month’s Prospect, brought to mind Robert Maxwell’s “interview” with Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania—”Tell me, Mr President: why are you so popular with your people?” Hamas, at least as refracted through Crooke, is little more than an Islamist form of Lib Dem pavement politics. If only the west would stop making unreasonable demands such as halting terrorism and recognising Israel, Hamas might transform the middle east for the better.

Should we take Crooke’s depiction of the democratic potential of Islamism seriously? The stated purpose of the organisation he runs, Conflicts…

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