Friday, June 15, 2007

Hamas In Control

Oh good.

Cheering Hamas supporters wearing green headbands and waving flags surged through Gaza's streets Friday as Islamic militants in black masks took over one of President Mahmoud Abbas' offices and rifled through his bedroom.

Man, I wouldn't want Hamas ruffaging through my personal belongings. I have a lot of fragile things and Hamas just doesn't strike me as "gentle" fellows.

Hamas offered amnesty to its defeated foes as violence tapered off from five days of bloodshed that claimed more than 90 lives. But Fatah leader Abbas made the split complete by firing the Hamas prime minister, leaving Palestinians struggling to adjust to a new political reality that has crushed their long-standing hopes for their own state.

Well this is what you all voted for. Congrats.

Safe in the West Bank, Abbas moved quickly to cement his rule there after losing control of Gaza to Hamas forces. He replaced Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas member, with Finance Minister Salam Fayyad, a respected economist, to head a new moderate government.

"I never wanted to rule in Gaza anyway. Shithole."

Hamas, overwhelmingly elected in a 2006 parliament vote, denounced Abbas' move as a coup. Hamas' supreme leader, Syrian-based Khaled Mashaal, later said Abbas has legitimacy as an elected president and promised to cooperate, but warned Fatah against going after Hamas loyalists in the West Bank.

Coup? You just stormed through Gaza with armed militants and murdered dozens of leaders of the Fatah party. Wow. No wonder nothing ever gets accomplished over there.

But Fatah gunmen and security forces allied with Abbas in the West Bank were prowling that territory looking for Hamas supporters and wrecking a Hamas radio station.

So you're saying the violence is starting to taper off? I say it's just starting, or, still going on from a million years ago. Which ever way you want to look at it.


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