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Palestinian self-destruction: Fatah and Hamas

1. Palestine and Israel
1. Palestine and Israel
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Many stakeholders in the Palestinian-Israelis peace pursuit are devastated by the Fatah joining forces with Hamas. Hamas is a radical Muslim terrorist organization of the nature that Tony Blair has warned about. It is an enemy of all free nations and the West. There is no way forward for Palestinians via this pact that was formed days ago. It was unnecessary except to emphasize that the Fatah doesn’t really want peace. There are many situations in the Middle East that can easily erupt into wide-scale war as the free world has matured to understanding that negotiating with terrorists is not an option.

“‘It's a blow to Israel; it's a blow to peace,’ he said. ‘I think, Bret, it's a terrible blow to the Palestinian people, because they must choose, too, whether they want to go forward or go backward. Yesterday, with the pact with Hamas, the Palestinian people went, took a huge step backward, away from peace, away from a good future for themselves.’

The unity plan is meant to end a seven-year rift between the rival factions. But Israel objects to any participation in Palestinian politics by Hamas, an Islamic militant group sworn to Israel's destruction. The group has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks over the past two decades.”

On the eve of eruption (See the list)

1. Palestine and Israel
1. Palestine and Israel 11. Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

1. Palestine and Israel

When talks break down, one only need to look back two years to see the result.

"Protesters Take To NYC Streets As Israelis, Palestinians Move Closer To War

NYPD Blocks Off Area Around Israeli Consulate, Boosts Security At Synagogues November 15, 2012 11:55 PM

A plume of smoke rises over Gaza during an Israeli air strike, as seen from Sderot on November 15, 2012 in Israel. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It appears Israel is on the brink of war.
Rockets were launched at Tel Aviv on Thursday, marking the first time such an attack has happened since 1991. Israel appeared poised to move ground troops into Gaza.
While violence escalating in the Middle East, tensions were flaring on the streets of New York City, too.”

2. Iran and the free world
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2. Iran and the free world

“Nathan J. Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of six well-received books on Arab politics. Brown brings his special expertise on Islamist movements, Palestinian politics, and Arab law and constitutionalism to Carnegie. Brown’s latest book, When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics, was published by Cornell University Press in early 2012. His current work focuses on Islamist movements and their role in politics in the Arab world.

In 2009, Brown was named a Carnegie scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. For the 2009–2010 academic year, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition to his academic work, Brown has served on advisory committees for Human Rights Watch and the committees drafting the Palestinian and Iraqi constitutions. He has also served as a consultant to USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and several NGOs.
Brown is the author of Resuming Arab Palestine (University of California Press, 2003); Constitutions in a

Non-Constitutional World: Arab Basic Laws and Prospects for Accountable Government (SUNY Press, 2001); and The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Arab States of the Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 1997).”

3. Syria and the free world
3. Syria and the free world Louai Beshara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

3. Syria and the free world

“Syria Calls the Arab League’s Sanctions ‘Economic War’

Published: November 28, 2011

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Arab League declared “economic war” on Syria when it leveled broad trade sanctions against it, Syria’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, said on Monday, warning that the country could use its strategic location to retaliate.

“Syria cannot be treated like this,” Mr. Moallem said at a news conference broadcast live around the region. He was by turns indignant and incredulous that the Arab League had turned the tool of sanctions, which it had long reviled, on one of its own.
“Sanctions can cut both ways,” he said. And while he contended that he did not want to threaten anyone, he said, “We should study well Syria’s geographic location as a transit point for commercial traffic.””

4. Afghanistan and Iraq and the free world
4. Afghanistan and Iraq and the free world Photo by John Cantlie/Getty Images

4. Afghanistan and Iraq and the free world

“Study: US Government Will Be Paying For Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Over Next 100 Years

March 19, 2013 3:52 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.

An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans — 148 years after the conflict ended.

At the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivors from the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and the Afghanistan conflict. And those costs are rising rapidly.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said such expenses should remind the nation about war’s long-lasting financial toll.
“When we decide to go to war, we have to consciously be also thinking about the cost,” said Murray, D-Wash., adding that her WWII-veteran father’s disability benefits helped feed their family.”

5. A host of others, teetering on the brink to be drawn in by other conflicts
5. A host of others, teetering on the brink to be drawn in by other conflicts Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

5. A host of others, teetering on the brink to be drawn in by other conflicts

“The Impact of the Syria Conflict on Salafis and Jihadis in Lebanon

By Mona Alami, Middle East Institute | April 19, 2014
Last Updated: April 19, 2014 4:49 pm

Economic Progress and the Primacy of the Individual

This MEI Policy Paper seeks to address the Syrian war’s effects on Lebanon against the backdrop of exacerbated sectarian tensions and political-religious instability. The study first provides a brief background on the state of Salafism in Lebanon, followed by an assessment of the situation of the Sunni street at large. It then examines the wider implications that the Syrian war has had on Lebanon, namely the call for jihad launched in 2013 by Sunni sheiks around the country and the resulting burgeoning of relations between Salafis and Syrian military and radical organizations. The paper discusses the emergence of a new generation of Lebanese jihadis and also assesses the impact of the war on the thousands of Palestinian Sunnis residing in Lebanon. The study concludes by reflecting on the new political dynamic forming in Lebanon and its link with growing jihadism.”

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