Friday, February 16, 2007

Today's Cartoon: Hamas and Fatah Form Unity Government

It would seem that the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas which brought an end to months of fighting between the two political rivals would be embraced as a positive step in the right direction; not just for the Palestinian Territory, but for a Middle East that is already overrun by conflict. But apparently US officials do not see things the same way.

In response to Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist, the Bush Administration decided not to recognize the elected Palestinian Authority's right to exist; by imposing heavy sanctions, aimed at undermining the Hamas government and steering its political rivals towards revolt. The result nearly plunged the Palestinian Territory into a full-scale civil war; however, both sides were able reach a resolution and agree to form a coalition government... which the U.S. also plans to not recognize either.

Well, if misery indeed loves company, then Hamas might find some comfort in the fact that even as part of a unity government, it may still be punished for not acknowledging Israel; but at least everyone is on the same page again.

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