Wash. Post legitimizes Hamas rule in Gaza -- no terrorists there

The Washington Post, in its Oct. 20 edition, runs an article by correspondent Ernesto Londono about Hamas pressing for an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza after its success in gaining the freedom of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit ("Amid celebrations, Hamas hopes for lifting of Gaza bloackade," page A8/ Londono's article goes to great lengths to erase any tinge of terrorism from Hamas's identity and record.  It distorts recent history by making it appear that Hamas seized control of Gaza by legitimate, democratic means.  And it provides a false rationale for Israel's 22-day counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza at the end of 2008, completely ignoring the thousands of rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza at civilian populations in southern Israel. Here's how Londono transmutes Hamas from a terrorist subsidiary of Iran into a scrubbed-clean political outfit: Londono begins by telling Post readers that Hamas is...(Read Full Post)