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The situation in Palestine explained

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2007

Via Avedon Carol’s (incomparable) Sideshow, Tiny Revolution presents a CNN interview with Nir Rosen, with the following excerpts:

NIR ROSEN, JOURNALIST: … We created a civil war. … Ongoing U.N. envoy to the Middle East peace process, Alvaro De Soto, himself accused the U.S. of fomenting a civil war by training, funding and arming Fatah thugs and inserting them into Gaza to destabilize the Hamas government. …


They [Hamas]were democratically elected in an election that was widely recognized as free and fair, even by former President Jimmy Carter.  And then the U.S., along with Israel, Jordan and Egypt trained these gangs and actually put them in Gaza to overthrow the Hamas government. And, of course, it’s actually backfired and Fatah was overthrown. But all you’re going to do is isolate and further radicalize Hamas.


These are tensions that the U.S. actually created in the Middle East…. [Fatah fighters] were trained by the U.S. General Dayton, our envoy to the peace process, was responsible for a program, along with Elliot Abrams, the deputy national security adviser for the Middle East, and they actually trained Fatah in the West Banks. The Jordanian special forces created the Fatah bada (ph) brigade. The Egyptians, as well, trained Fatah in Egypt. The United Arab Emirates actually sent money and arms. And then they were allowed to enter Gaza and then began to attack Hamas.

Rosen adds that Hamas is Sunni and associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, making it a deadly threat to Egypt’s unofficial dictatorship and Jordan’s monarchy. But since Egypt’s government is highly unpopular and Jordan’s government is getting shakier, that gives Hamas broad and deep regional support. Therefore, trying to overthrow Hamas is very much like shooting a hornet’s nest. In fact, it’s like shooting a hornet’s nest in an area with lots of very smart hornets, who can figure out that if you shoot their neighbor’s nest, you might just shoot their own.

2 Responses to “The situation in Palestine explained”

  1. Yup. Same thing in Haiti, Somalia, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile… geez, is there any nation in what used to be called the “third world” whose relatively-stable régime we overthrew in place of one much worse?

  2. Argggh. Make that ‘didn’t” overthrow.

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