Thursday, February 02, 2006

Six of one

Babble on.

I understand I'm oversimplifying here. But does anyone else find all this gnashing of teeth around the replacement of Fatah with Hamas at least faintly ridiculous?

"Any citizens of these countries, who are present in Gaza, will put themselves in danger," a Fatah-affiliated gunman said as he stood outside the EU Commission's office in Gaza. He was flanked by two masked men holding up their rifles.

If the European governments don't apologize by Thursday evening, "any visitor of these countries will be targeted," he said.
Palestinian security officials said they would try to protect the foreigners in Gaza. However, police have largely been unable to do so in the past, with 19 foreigners kidnapped — and released unharmed — in recent months, mostly by Fatah gunmen.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the Islamic militant Hamas, which defeated Fatah in last week's Palestinian parliamentary election, also demanded an apology from European countries. However, he said foreigners in Gaza must not be harmed in the protests. (Babbler's emphasis)

Who's the moderate, and who's the hardliner again? What exactly do those terms mean in the context of Palestinian politics?

Babble off.


At 8:00 p.m., Blogger The Manager said...

Damian, it's really hard to say which of Hamas or Fatah is worse. Both are so immersed in the Palestinian Arab culture of death that I doubt the situation is any worse than it was before.

To wit:

Fatah - Yassir Arafat's baby, very corrupt, makes Adscam look like a game of penny poker, dabbles in suicide bombings and supports other acts of terrorism that would destroy the state of Israel

Hamas - More of a group of pure terrorists, funded largely by Syria and Iran, bent on Israel's destruction

I think I'd call it a draw, too.

At 8:28 p.m., Blogger Kateland, aka TZH said...

Well, I have been banging my head against the wall trying to make that exact point since Hamas won the election...but Fatah has at least a 25 year lead on Hamas, though at this stage the point is mote since Olmert declared war on his own.


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