Monday, November 28, 2005

Fatah suspends Gaza primaries after violence

Sometimes I sit down and I wonder things. Sometimes I wonder how safe it really was for Wonder Woman to use an invisible airplane. Sometimes I wonder how Willy Wonka ever made a profit with his horrible money-pit of a factory. And sometimes I wonder why so many countries approach their elections with violence and hatred while the western democracies hurdle them with such awe-inspiring laziness.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party suspended its primaries in the Gaza Strip on Monday after armed men stormed some polling stations. "The Fatah General Committee... decided to freeze the election," the group said in a statement after an urgent meeting.
It said Monday's results would be void and the primaries would be rescheduled.

Marwan Barghouti and other younger activists swept Fatah primaries which is very interesting because Barghouti, 46, is seen as a potential successor to Abbas even though he is serving multiple life terms in an Israeli prison for involvement in shooting attacks that killed five Israelis.

You know, they just opened a border between Gaza and Egypt and, for the first time in about 40 years, Palestinians control one of their own borders. They'll be opening a crossing between Gaza and the West Bank, a Gaza seaport and, soon, a Gaza International airport. And the world will be a safer place for everyone.


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