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March 24, 2012 3:31 PM Some Deep Thoughts on the Middle East

By Jesse Singal

You know, reading this New York Times article about how the Muslim Brotherhood is pushing for rapprochement between Hamas and the more moderate Fatah, pulling itself back from Hamas in the process, it’s almost as though each of these various Muslim groups has a nuanced, complex agenda of its own, and that they aren’t all just one big evil homogeneous mass with the sole purpose of killing as many Jews and Americans as possible and then converting the survivors to Islam. Almost.

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.


  • PQuincy on March 24, 2012 2:04 PM:

    Be careful: any hint of irony or nuance, much less sarcasm, on this issue will only reap you torrents of invective!

  • TCinLA on March 24, 2012 3:50 PM:

    Well! See if you get invited to the next AIPAC convention! You, sir, are obviously either an anti-Semite or an ill-informed self-hating Jew. There's no other explanation for this outbreak of intelligence.


  • Linkmeister on March 24, 2012 4:27 PM:

    How DARE you imply those evil people have the same kind of thoughts, tactics and strategies as Western political parties!

    Next you'll tell us there are SPLITS between various factions within parties!

  • g on March 24, 2012 4:32 PM:


  • Christiaan on March 24, 2012 6:02 PM:

    No, this is unacceptable. Israel created Hamas to fight Fatah, not to join it!

    The Muslim Brotherhood seems to be dangerously infringing on Israels unalienable right to be the only democracy in the ME. Not only are they helping democracy for the Palestinians, they even take part in elections themselves!

  • Jim on March 24, 2012 7:02 PM:

    Funny how the responsibility of actually having governing authority focuses the mind on what actually are your nations interests.

  • Phalamir on March 24, 2012 7:37 PM:

    I am amazed people are amazed at this. The Muslim Brotherhood has been jonsing to run government for almost a century. They may not be the most enlightened group in the world, but they are probably more interested in actually governing than most Western political parties. Given the choice between being gratuitous chuckleheads and being the pothole-fixers, they were always going to go for the potholes (not to say they wouldn't necessarily be both if they could, but the priority hasn't ever been in doubt).