Monday, December 13, 2004


Palestinian Election - The Sum Of Its Parts?

Two items taken together, one of which was posted here earlier, make me go hmm (regular readers will recognize this as a chronic condition):

Hamas wants to confiscate guns:

Security sources in Gaza have said that the Palestinian Authority has put together a security plan that will attempt to put an end to the illegal carrying of weapons on the Palestinian street.
Israel to leave Palestinian cities during election
Israel plans to pull troops out of Palestinian cities for a Jan. 9 presidential election to pick a successor to Yasser Arafat, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Monday.
So we know that in anticipation of the elections Hamas wants to disarm its own people and keep the Israelis out of the picture.

Not a good sign.