Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A world-class story, but one hopefully "to be continued"
Al-Quds al-Arabi, the top pan-Arab defender of the Palestinian cause, runs a summary of David Rose's Vanity Fair story across the top of its front page this morning, and has promised readers a full text translation of the story in Arabic. The story as Al-Quds al-Arabi headlines it is
American Report: Bush administration pushed for civil war in Gaza with the cooperation of Dahlan, in order to topple Hamas
Bits and fragments of this narrative have surfaced over the last few months, since shortly before and after the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007 (including my own humble effort here), but not the whole story linking the plan to Bush and showing the role of Dahlan and the specific civil-war character of the scheme. That's why this is big news in the mass-market, non-governmental Arab press.

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