Sunday, December 17, 2006

Palestinian Civil War

Alright, perhaps that's a bit extreme. But rival factions Fatah and Hamas are engaging in some pretty serious combat in Gaza, with shots being fired at the president's home. President Abbas has called for Palestinian elections. One would quixotically hope that the results show a Fatah victory, though who knows how this violence will affect the outcome. On the one hand, people could become galvanized behind Hamas. On the other, they could be so disillusioned with Hamas that they simply vote them out of power. I wonder, then, if they would relinquish power? Oddly enough, a Fatah victory could actually result in more violence among Palestinians if Hamas refuses to go quietly.


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