ROBERTS: Nir, I mean what are you talking about, we have Fatah thugs being sent into the country to wage war with Hamas?
ROSEN: Well, they were trained by the U.S. General Dayton (ph), our envoy to the peace process, was responsible for a program, along with Elliot Abrams (ph), the deputy national security adviser for the Middle East, and they actually trained Fatah in the West Banks. The Jordanian special forces created the Fatah Badr brigade. The Egyptians, as well, trained Fatah in Egypt. The United Arab Emirates actually sent money and arms. And then they were allowed to enter Gaza and then began to attack Hamas. I mean this was an existential threat to a democratically elected government. What we’ve done is overthrow a government that was elected. The U.S. . . ."
"we have Fatah thugs being sent into the country to wage war with Hamas?" John Roberts. This should be treated as a rhetorical question. Roberts is good at his job.
Nir Rosen is an exceedingly fine journalist who covers the hard stories with a flair and courage not seen in many. He expends a great deal of effort in getting the facts straight. US policy in the Middle East continues to be run by people who collectively can be described as ignorant of the region and/or partisans deeply invested in specific outcomes. At the beginning of this, just after the US intervention in Iraq began, I was solemnly assured by a young woman who was fresh from graduate school and working deep in the heart of the neocon labyrinth, that the Arabs and Muslims had no culture or ways worth saving and that they needed to be "re-made" into something worthwhile. Clearly, she thought of them as "untermenschen." Considering her own heritage I thought that a particularly shameful belief. Some at the table, made up of those similar to her, protested but not many. Surprised, I asked her if she thought it would be easy to do that. She said that the level of difficulty would vary, but the job must be done. I hope she has relatives in the war, and not just in the think tanks and political science departments. pl