When a magazine like Vanity Fair has a story of this magnitude I pay attention. First I love the politics and history of the Middle East, second I respect the magazine, and third I know how short-sighted and corrupt President Bush and his White House can be. If you care at all about the region of the world that dominates the headlines read this article. It is indeed The Gaza Bombshell.
After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, David Rose reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.
The article states that the plan “was for forces led by Dahlan, and armed with new weapons supplied at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the
democratically-elected Hamas-led government from power.”
For all the talk from President Bush about spreading democracy in the Middle East, and allowing for free elections, it is nice to know that he really does not mean it. He will work to undermine the will of the people in that region when their votes do not fit with our needs. Does anyone need anything more to understand why there is a hatred for our foreign policy in that region of the world?