So Hamas seems to have been widely credited with a classic, western-style election campaign, of successfully imitating the rhetoric and the messaging of western reformers. Yet when you actually hear these guys on television or radio or read their manifestos in English language newspapers, they come off sounding rather unprofessional and even histrionic. PM Haniyeh's piece in the Guardian is a good example.
Is this read by the Guardian's readership as "authentic" freedom fighter-speak? Do opinion surveys of Palestinians really support the claim: "No plan will ever work without a guarantee, in exchange for an end to hostilities by both sides, a total Israeli withdrawal from all the land occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem; the release of all our prisoners; the removal of all settlers from all settlements; and recognition of the right of all refugees to return. On this, all Palestinian factions and people agree." Of course not. So will part of the Hamas government's predicted meltdown involve not only incompetence in collecting garbage and operating sewage systems, but the alienation of sympathizers abroad through such statements?
One more question: would an American newspaper print this? Have they?