Thursday, May 17, 2007

Gaza lurches towards civil war

TimesOnline reported Gaza was on the brink of civil war last night as violent clashes between Palestinian factions spiralled out of control.
I wonder if the Democrats will insist we pull all of our troops out of Gaza. Oh, wait a minute. We don't have any troops in Gaza. Maybe they will insist we put some in so they can pull them out.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, threatened to declare a state of emergency today, as fierce fighting raged on the streets. But as the death toll climbed to more than 40 in four days of the worst fighting since Mr Abbas forged a coalition Government with Fatah’s rival Hamas two months ago, he appeared powerless to stop it.
This may be the best thing we could hope for. Let the violent ones kill each other off, and then move in with a peace plan to help the non violent ones. Maybe we should help arm both sides so that they can completely destroy each other.
Neither faction has been able to enforce three separate ceasefires declared in as many days. Rare, high-level talks between Mr Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, Hamas’s exiled leader, failed to produce any results beyond a loose agreement that the violence should end.

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