The American aim is clear. President Bush has chosen a local leader for
every Muslim country, who will rule it under American protection and follow
American orders. In Iraq, in Lebanon, in Afghanistan, and also in Palestine.
Hamas believes that the man marked for this job in Gaza is Mohammed
Dahlan. For years it has looked as if he was being groomed for this position.
The American and Israeli media have been singing his praises, describing him as
a strong, determined leader, "moderate" (i.e. obedient to American orders) and
"pragmatic" (i.e. obedient to Israeli orders). And the more the Americans and
Israelis lauded Dahlan, the more they undermined his standing among the
Palestinians. Especially as Dahlan was away in Cairo, as if waiting for his men
to receive the promised arms.
In the eyes of Hamas, the attack on the Fatah strongholds in the Gaza Strip
is a preventive war. The organizations of Abbas and Dahlan melted like snow in
the Palestinian sun. Hamas has easily taken over the whole Gaza Strip.
And according to Ali Abuminah:
The dramatic rout of the US and Israeli-backed Palestinian militias in Gaza
by forces loyal to Hamas represents a major setback to the Bush doctrine in