How the Bushies set up the current mess in Gaza
Shit happens. For a reason. While there is a worthy discussion going on in the internets about the varying degrees of morality on either side of the conflict, I particularly like to look at the policy-related causes and effects.
After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.
From what I remember, the Bushies tried to play the two Palestinian sides against each other by organizing a super-secret weapons shipment to Fatah. But, right before the Gaza elections, the word got out to the local press that Fatah was working with the Americans and this led directly to Hamas' winning those elections.
And BTW, did you know that "The blogosphere and new media are another war zone"?