Sunday, December 17, 2006

Lies, damned lies, and the news

Everyone's talking about the "civil war" in Iraq, when the real one is among Palestinians:
Abbas Guard Base in Gaza City Attacked

Gunmen Attack Training Base of Abbas' Guard in Gaza City as Political Standoff Escalates

RAMALLAH, West Bank Dec 17, 2006 (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Saturday for elections to end his violent standoff with Hamas a gamble that Palestinians will back him as he seeks to weaken the Islamic militants, avoid civil war and keep momentum for peace overtures with Israel.

Hamas accused Abbas of trying to topple its government, promised to block the elections and urged supporters to take to the streets. "This is a real coup," said Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas hard-liner.

Hours later, dozens of Hamas gunmen attacked a training base of Abbas' presidential guard near the president's home and office in Gaza City, the presidential guard said. One guard was killed and three were wounded in the fierce, early-morning battle that ensued Sunday, a guard statement said.

Abbas was in the West Bank town of Ramallah at the time of the attack.

On Saturday, thousands of Hamas supporters marched in protest and 18 Palestinians were wounded in clashes between the two political camps in Gaza.

Hamas' landslide election in January parliamentary elections split the Palestinian leadership into two camps. One, led by Abbas, seeks peace with Israel; the other, led by Islamic Hamas militants, is sworn to the Jewish state's destruction. The infighting has often degenerated into convulsions of violence, and this week, tensions reached their highest peak in years.
While the major news outlets continue to underreport the fighting, they continue to spread the lie that "moderate" Fatah wants any true peace with Israel. The only difference between the two Palestinian factions is that Hamas admits openly that their goal is Israel's destruction, while Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas and his followers only pretend to want peace.

Further reading:
Voting for terrorists
Even the supposed "non-militants" fire rifles in celebration
Trusting Hamas
Who really believes Hamas abided by a "truce"?
What is a Palestinian cease-fire promise worth?

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