The situation in Gaza is bad. That is not exactly a new development, but things are much worse than they have been and much worse than they should be.
Democratic elections do not always work. Hamas swept the Palestinian elections last year. The US pushed for those elections, and then were surprised when Hamas was swept into power; radical terrorists ruling a 140 sq. mile strip of land stuffed with 1.4 million Palestinians. (Think about those numbers for a second: 140 square miles – 1.4 million people.) Condi’s comment at the time was “Nobody saw it coming.” I bet Abbas did. Israel too.
Speaking of Abbas, is there a difference between a moderate terrorist and an extremist terrorist? I only ask because Mahmoud Abbas is not one of the good guys. Yasir Arafat’s successor is better dressed and more educated, yet his group Fatah funds the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade, a terror outfit that has spilled as much blood as Hamas. Fatah are not religious fanatics such as Hamas, but they are still terrorists. Abbas doctoral thesis was that the Holocaust was a myth. His 1982 doctoral dissertation was The Secret Connection between the Nazis and the Leaders of the Zionist Movement.
I’m not sure what was worse, however; the elections which transfered power from Fatah to Hamas, or Israel pulling out of Gaza. You might recall that President Bush sent Condi to pressure Ariel Sharon to pull out of Gaza and in 2005 the Israeli Defense Force left. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposed the plan, and at the time he was roundly criticized. He looks a little smarter than his opponents today.