George W. Bush believes that there is a distinct difference between the visions of Palestinian political factions Hamas and Fatah.
On Thursday, President Bush met with Fatah-oriented Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for a press conference in Ramallah. There Bush praised Fatah as the means to a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and criticized Hamas for bringing misery and terrorism to Gaza. “There will be no better difference, a clear difference, than the vision of Hamas in Gaza and the vision of the president and the prime minister and his team based here in Ramallah,” he said.
President Bush’s comments echo the sentiments of much of the Western world. Fatah is viewed as the antithesis of Hamas. Fatah is supposed to be the group of peace-loving Palestinians who just want a land of their own, free from Jewish oppression, while Hamas is supposed to be the radical terrorist organization that wants to wipe Israel off the map.
That idea is flat wrong.
Here is what Abbas said in a Jan. 11, 2007, speech commemorating the 42nd anniversary of Fatah: “Shooting your brother is forbidden. Raising rifles against the occupation is our legitimate right, but raising rifles against each other is forbidden. We should put our internal fighting aside and raise our rifles only against the Israeli occupation.” This statement came shortly after America and Israel sent 7,000 assault rifles and 1 million rounds of ammunition to Fatah to use against Hamas. Abu Yousuf, a Fatah militant from Abbas’s Force 17 security force, stated the majority of these weapons would be used against the Zionist.
Clearly Abbas is not opposed to the use of violence to push forward his agenda. He has publicly stated that Palestinian rifles are to be used “against the Israeli occupation.” On December 5, 2005, he approved financial aid for the families of suicide bombers—an unmistakable signal that he supports terrorist activities.
Fatah is viewed as the “two state solution” party, but this year’s coming 43rd anniversary of Fatah is to be commemorated with a poster presenting all of Israel as Palestine. Like Hamas, Fatah’s ultimate goal is the transformation of Israel into a Palestinian state.
The difference between Fatah and Hamas is not in the two groups’ vision, but in their means. Hamas seeks Israel’s destruction through violence alone. Fatah continues its media war initiated by its founder Yasser Arafat.
Arafat was enraptured with Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh’s method of using the media to undermine his enemies. The Vietnamese manipulated America’s media to the point to where America was so internally divided, it could not continue to fight. Palestinian terrorist Abu Iyad wrote in his book Palestinian Without a Motherland that he traveled to Hanoi in early 1970 with a high-level Palestinian delegation to learn the art of Vietnamese propaganda. Arafat himself traveled to Vietnam on 10 separate occasions. The propaganda and media-manipulation techniques learned there established the foundation of Fatah’s “jihad” against Israel.
Through talk of peace and a two-state solution, Abbas has rallied most of the world behind him. Whereas Hamas’s methods have brought only criticism from the west, Fatah is receiving military arms, billions of dollars in aid, the support of the international community, and a visit from the U.S. president. Abbas’s plan worked in getting the Gaza Strip for the Palestinians. Now it has put him on the path to getting the West Bank. One step at a time, Abbas is striving to make all Israel look like his Fatah poster—draped in a Palestinian flag.
As the Philadelphia Daily News once put it, Abbas “has consistently held the hardline anti-Israel agenda since his years as a student. His doctoral dissertation was a full-blown foray into Holocaust denial and aimed to prove that Zionism and Nazism are branches of the same tree. … [Abbas] may wear a suit while Arafat wore fatigues, but much of their world view is still the same—the destruction of Israel remains on the ‘to do’ list” (Jan. 8, 2005).
There are not two visions among the Palestinians. Both Fatah and Hamas want the transformation of Israel into Palestine.Watch as American support of Fatah continues to weaken the American-Israeli alliance. For more information on Abbas’s true intentions, read “U.S., Britain Resume Aid to Palestinian Authority.”
Monday, May 23, 2005
The clueless White House assumed that since folks in the US seem to like Laura Bush, the folks in Israel would also follow her down the yellow brick road.
The Associated Press reported that protesters noisily harassed the first lady. “Secret Service and Israeli police had to physically hold back the crowd as she approached the wall”, the AP said of Laura Bush's Sunday visit to Israel.
Jonathan Pollard is an American Jew serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison for spying for Israel. He was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy. As Laura Bush stood at the Western Wall, dozens of protesters shouted, "Free Pollard now,” the AP said.
Why would the White House assume the Israelis would welcome Laura Bush? It's not as though the GOP owns the press corps in Israel, or owns Israeli TV, or owns the Knesset the way the GOP takes for granted it owns everyone and everything in the US. Why would the White House make such an error in judgment?
Could it be, that in its crazy sociopath delusions of grandeur and power, the White House believes that Israel belongs to the US? Could it be that since the White House reads nothing but its own news reports and sees no television except that which it produces, that the White House actually believes it rules the world?
Yes indeedy. That very well could be.
And the Laura Bush identity has been so rehearsed and polished that she barely resembles a living human person in any real sense of the words. To the WH, Laura Bush is chattel like Condi Rice or Scott McClellan.
After we were treated to the carefully-drawn Laura-Bush-persona which she inhabited to great acclaim at the 2005 White House Correspondents' Association dinner April 30th, we found out she has never watched the “Desperate Housewives” TV show she said she loved sooooooo much. Laura Bush, like Jeb Bush, like Barbara Bush, like GHWB and like GWB, is a wholly-owned possession of the GOP. She does what she is told to do.
Which means Laura Bush is as fake a creation as the Prez. Laura Bush is even as phony as her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush. And that is no doubt one of the main reasons Laura Bush was sent to Israel.
The White House fondly remembers how popular Barbara Bush was during GHW Bush's presidency. A poll was taken during his second run for Prez and the poll discovered that many people would have happily voted for motherly old Barb rather than George Herbert Walker. Which was a triumph of White House deceit at the time. Barbara Bush was then, and is now, one of the meanest, nastiest, bitch-diva, control-freak, white-haired dragons ever known to set foot in Washington, DC. But she played her role well. And Laura plays her role well.
The problem is that the WH thought the Laura Bush they had created and who had sprinkled fairy dust on the American public, would do the same in Israel.
But what do we know about Laura? It's nearly impossible to find out anything other than the official sanitized and perfumed versions of Laura Welch Bush.
We do know she killed her boyfriend when she was 17. There are at least two versions of the traffic accident. One says that on Nov. 5, 1963, at 8 p.m., Laura Welch was driving east on Farm Road 868 in her hometown of Midland, TX en route to a party. At a dangerous intersection, she allegedly failed to see Mike Douglas, her boyfriend at the time, also 17, heading south on State Road 369. She plowed into the Jeep driven by Douglas, killing him. The other version says she ran a stoplight and rammed into a car driven by “an acquaintance”, Michael Douglas, who was thrown from his Jeep and broke his neck. We can't find out how fast she was driving. And of course the reports say neither she nor her friend Judy Dykes, who was also in her car, was drinking.
Laura Welch got a Bachelor's degree in education from Southern Methodist University (Dallas) in 1968, and a Master's degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. She worked as a public school teacher and librarian.
As far as the official bio is concerned, time stopped from 1973 until 1977 for Laura Welch. She met George W at a bar-b-q in July of 1977 and married him in September of 1977. Oh, and she worked with Barbara Bush to establish a few state literacy programs. (Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at those lovely in-law interactions.) It surely was a whirlwind engagement. Librarian Laura decided to marry George, the ne'er-do-well, miserable failure, Bush family booby prize, within three months of meeting him. What were the inducements, one wonders? Why did George need to get married so fast? Did it have anything to do with his Yalie cheerleading pal and roommate, Victor Ashe, who now is decidedly and forthrightly out of the closet?
You'd have to go to Kitty Kelly's book, “The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty” to get all the poop on Laura Welch Bush. But Kelly says that Laura was “known as a go-to girl for dime bags of marijuana".
The Prez and First Lady may be Laura-the-Librarian and George-the-Born-again to gullible Republicans, but to people who live in the Middle East, they are meddling ignorant immoral foreign infidels and they both have been told to butt out.
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