Tuesday, February 14, 2006

U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of Hamas Ouster - New York Times

U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of Hamas Ouster - New York Times:

JERUSALEM, Feb. 13 — The United States and Israel are discussing ways to destabilize the Palestinian government so that newly elected Hamas officials will fail and elections will be called again, according to Israeli officials and Western diplomats.

The intention is to starve the Palestinian Authority of money and international connections to the point where, some months from now, its president, Mahmoud Abbas, is compelled to call a new election. The hope is that Palestinians will be so unhappy with life under Hamas that they will return to office a reformed and chastened Fatah movement.

And then Dorothy and toto will come skipping back into Kansas, while the US goes off to fund and foster a coup attempt in Venezuela, in which the public will rise up and install the coup members as victorious leaders... and then the soldiers will drive their tanks into Iraq with Ahmed Chalabi on their shoulders and the people will lay flowers at their feet.

What's really insidious here is that the US and Israel claim that "Hamas plans to build up its militias and increase violence and must be starved out of power" so they plan to cut off NOT ONLY aid, but also the tax revenue that Israel collects for the Palestinians. The article goes on to tell us that Hamas uses that tax money to pay the salaries of 1/3 of the families in the Palestinian territories, including those of the 58,000 members of the security forces... who are Fatah and who everyone is worried will clash violently with Hamas and revolt. So because Hamas will "increase violence" we will manufacture a situation that not only puts pressure on the new government but has the almost certain effect of "increasing violence" for the citizens of Palestine.



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