Monday, June 25, 2007
Democracy For Us, Democracy For You
It seems that Israel, much like its U.S. & British masters, has the right to legitimize democracies they like as "fair and legal", but also have the right of condemning [other] free elections where leaders they dislike (e.g. Venezuela, Palestinian Authority, or Iran) are elected as rigged, illegal, or illegitimate, whatever the hell that means.
Naturally when Hamas defeated Fatah in the polls, the IDF used any pretext available (see kidnappings) to pound the strongest concentration of Hamas-support, the Gaza Strip. From the moment that Ismail Haneya became Prime Minister, Tel-Aviv has encircled the Occupied Territories, cut Gaza off from Egypt, failed to recognize the new government, and even used grossly-excessive military action against a popularly-elected government.
Yet were this not enough, Israel has no pledged to support the Palestinian figurehead president, Mahmoud Abbas with military relief, as well as with the option of returning to the negotiations table in what many around the world see, as the opportunity to deal-make with a weak Palestinian leader and with a government defeated at the polls, but loved by the West.
Let's not forget that even when the Chairman lived, Israel tried to undermine him with Abbas. Abbas, in fact, is the Palestinian equivalent of Iraq's Ahmad Chalabi, a trusted Pro-West collaborator. The Palestinian people want Haneya and the Israelis want to force Abbas on them, because the latter will prove more rewarding for their Zionist exploits. This is a sad day in Mid-East Relations.
Even despite the pleas of (already too) Pro-West Arab powers like Egypt and Jordan, it seems that Abbas and Fatah are against the wall and time is running out. I am sure they will concede to anything Israel offers them, so long as they get guns and time, guns and time to hold back Hamas and the Palestinian People!