Well, well, well. Hamas scored a resounding victory in the Palestininan elections, either despite or because of their terrorist actions. I agree with what She and Don have already written on this subject...most people probably voted to get rid of corruption and improve their daily lives, with the destruction of Israel not so high on their agenda.
Q: Why did the exit polls make the outcome so much closer? A: Either they asked the wrong sample, or people lied.
But I'm wondering whether, with their well-established hawk/terrorist/"freedom fighter" credentials, Hamas wouldn't eventually be able to sell compromise with Israel to their electorate the way Ariel Sharon did to his. As pragmatists. Over time.
In the meantime, I'll be happy if they start revising the hate-filled educational materials. And setting up a transparent accounting system.