Monday, March 03, 2008


US plotted to overthrow Hamas after election victory

For those of us who read the left press, the headline to this post falls in the "No shit, Sherlock" category; you could have read the same thing a year ago in an article by Richard Becker on pslweb.org. But an article in tomorrow's Guardian may produce wider recognition of a simple fact, now that it has been publicly acknowledged:
The Bush administration, caught out by the rise of Hamas, embarked on a secret project for the armed overthrow of the Islamist government in Gaza, it emerged yesterday.

Vanity Fair reports in its April edition that President George Bush and the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, signed off on a plan for the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to remove the Hamas authorities in Gaza. The plan called for Washington's allies in the region to funnel arms and salaries to Fatah fighters who would lead a rising against Hamas.

"It looks to me that what happened wasn't so much a coup by Hamas but an attempted coup by Fatah that was pre-empted before it could happen," [said David Wurmser, a former Middle East adviser to the vice-president, Dick Cheney]
History couldn't be clearer. Any pretense that the U.S. respects democracy, or treaties, or international law, is a sham of the highest order.

Update: Link to the Vanity Fair article (the source of the Guardian story), courtesy of WIIIAI.

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