Saturday, January 6, 2007

Fixing the Middle East

Abbas has his way to do things and maybe these will work. Yea right. Does he think that declaring Hamas illegal will in any way slow them down?

The U.S. and most civilized countries declared Hamas illegal long ago, nothing came of it (except for alot of crying in the states from CAIR and others who like to do business with terrorists).
Abbas Declares Hamas Militia Illegal

(AP Photos/Wesam
By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, The Associated Press
Jan 6, 2007 11:18 AM (45 mins ago)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday declared Hamas' militia in the Gaza Strip illegal, and the Islamic movement responded by defiantly announcing plans to double the size of the paramilitary unit.

The dueling announcements raised the stakes in Abbas' standoff with Hamas, which has intensified in the year since the Islamic group defeated Abbas' Fatah party in parliamentary elections, gaining control over most government functions. The dispute has centered in large part around control of the powerful Palestinian security forces.

Hamas accused Abbas, who was elected in a separate presidential vote, of giving a "green light" for attacks against its men and pledging to resist any crackdown. It said it would double the size of its force to 12,000, compared to a force of some 18,000 allied with Fatah. (link)

I guess that the first step to taking control of the government is putting names on the 'good' and 'bad' guys. Unless Abbas has some way to sway opinion of the 'little' people in Gaza and the West Bank, this power play is meaningless. According to the polls, the citizens of these war-torn areas favor Hamas over Fatah by a wide margin. That feeling may have changed with this civil war that has been going on, but I havn't seen any polls to that effect.

These arabs have been offered their own state numerous times and they have failed to achieve their part of any bargain. They (as a group) show daily why no one in the Arab world will take them in.
Reason for angst

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