I am puzzled by the constant complaints from various Palestinian government members, ordinary Palestinians and Palestinian and other Arab commenatators that it is somehow wrong to punish the Palestinians for their "democratic choices". Or complaints that the West does not respect their "democratically elected government". Surely it is obvious that Palestinians can only be punished *because* the government they chose was fairly and democratically elected. For example if Hamas got to be in government by terrorising the opposition and vote rigging against the will of the people then it would of course be wrong to punish the Palestinians for this. But if the Palestinians have overwhelmingly chosen to elect a government whose policy is unambiguous in it's desire to eradicate the neighboring state that it really should be attempting to make peace with then it seems obvious that it is the Palestinian people who must be held accountable for the choice that they have made. Further, the current Palestinian hardships could be ended in a moment by Hamas renouncing terrorism as a means to their end and also to recognise the state of Israel. It was clear that Hamas were not going to do this when the were elected but they could still go down this path at any time. They may of course be thrown out of government next elections if they renounce terror and also their desire to eradicate Israel. But a strong government must sometimes make tough decisions for the good of it's people. Or am I missing something here?