Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM
Subject: [Fwd: An inside story of how the US magnified Palestinian suffering]
An inside story of how the US magnified Palestinian suffering
The covert push to empower Fatah failed. And isolating Hamas just made things worse. But it's not too late to change course.By Norman H. Olsen and Matthew N. Olsen
from the January 12, 2009 edition
Cherryfield, Maine; and Washington - A million and a half Palestinians are learning the hard way that democracy isn't so good if you vote the wrong way. In 2006, they elected Hamas when the US and Israel wanted them to support the more-moderate Fatah. As a result, having long ago lost their homes and property, Gazans have endured three years of embargo, crippling shortages of food and basic necessities, and total economic collapse.