As US warships gather on the coast of Lebanon and Israel conducts a bloody killing operation in Gaza, how timely that Vanity Fair has just published a long article describing how U.S. meddling in Gaza politics has “[left] Hamas stronger than ever.” Abstract and link below:
THE GAZA BOMBSHELL: POLITICS & POWER
By David Rose
Vanity Fair Magazine
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.