Virtual Bourgeois

Just An Analog Guy Trying to Upgrade For a Digital World

Divide and What?

Posted by Gerald on June 18, 2007

The US and EU have lifted the sanctions they imposed on the Palestinian “Unity” government in the wake of the recent fighting between Hamas and Fatah.  You can read more details here.

I’m not sure how this is supposed to help?  All signs seem to indicate that if a completely open election were held for leadership of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas would probably get the whole show.  I don’t see how rushing American and European aid to Fatah is going to do anything but deepen the divisions and tend to weaken the Abbas government by association with the hated Americans.

Certainly it is good to see food and humanitarian aid going to those who need it, I’m just wondering in the long run if this is just going to cause more problems than it solves?  On the other hand, I believe it was John Maynard Keynes who observed that “in the long-run we are all dead.”

Oh, why isn’t this being called a “civil war”?  It sure looks like one to this history teacher.


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