Posted by: Lister | March 6, 2008

Talks with Hamas

Tony Karon on US policy in the mid-East — Bush’s refusal to accept Hamas as a reality is a big factor. And a consistent one, too, going back to Hamas’ election victory and the arming of Fatah to take back power by force.

Karon links to Vanity Fair:

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, David Rose 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.

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