Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Empire Meddles: Hamas

It's not because it's unimportant, the reason I don't report on the Palestinian situation, a fellow can only cover so much.

That said, this rather caught my eye. I guess it must be the wrong kind of democracy.

Dontcha just love the subtle use of the twin towers in this graphic? I've had less conspicuous zits on the end of my nose.

The US plotted to overthrow the democratically elected Hamas government in the Palestinian territories, documents obtained by Al Jazeera reveal.

One of the documents appears to show that Washington tried to persuade Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and leader of Fatah, to remove Hamas from power.

One document, dated March 2007, states "the plan will enable the Palestinian leadership to be more credible in the eyes of Israel and the others".

But, when that plan failed, the US set up an operation to fund Fatah fighters and drive Hamas out.In Cairo, Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, justified the arming of Fatah, saying the situation had called for it.

She said she had not read a report in Vanity Fair magazine which quoted a former US intelligence official said to be knowledgeable of the US plans to overthrow Hamas after it failed to convince Abbas to dissolve the cabin more

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