Thursday, May 18, 2006

Rockets, but no scientists

In Palestinian Security Deploys in Force, a report on the escalating tension between Fatah Party thugs and Hamas thugs in the Gaza Strip, Associated Press ‘writer’ Ibrahim Barzak throws this into the mix:
Also Thursday, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets toward Israel, with one landing near an army base, the military said. No injuries or damages were reported. Palestinian militants frequently fire the rockets, but they rarely cause casualties.
It’s unclear whether Barzak is confirming that Palestinians in general and their militants in particular are without doubt the dimmest bulbs in the Middle East, or that the Israelis (who unfailingly respond with force to each such rocket attack) are overreacting to having high explosives being indiscriminately rained down upon them.

The article also offers other insights into the acute reasoning of Joe Palestinian:
The shirtless policemen ran through the streets and conducted drills near Hamas patrols. The policemen were unarmed, but were followed by commanders in jeeps, their weapons raised in the air.

Gen. Suleiman Hilles, commander of Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and Gaza, said the forces were deployed to send a message that "the Palestinian police is the only side that can maintain law and order."

However, the lines were not clearly drawn, since some of the police officers also back Hamas. Several hundred police officers met Thursday with Haniyeh and professed their loyalty to the government. Haniyeh told the officers that the new unit of militants was formed legally and would work alongside the security forces.

Ahmed Shaaban, 32, a captain in the Palestinian police, disagreed.

"We don't want to see this militia in the streets," he told a reporter. "I don't want my children to grow up in a country protected by militias."

Taxi driver Musleh Abu Aita, 38, said the Hamas gunmen should stick to attacking Israel and not get involved in crime-fighting.

"I am not going to obey them, not because I don't like them, but because this is not their business," he said…

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