When Condoleeza Rice visited and met with Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli government leaders recently, in the context of daily Israeli incursions into Gaza and regular in-fighting between Fatah and Hamas militants, she talked a lot about peace and helping the Palestinians, promising to "redouble" efforts to improve Palestinian living conditions. However, most Palestinians knew the real reason for her visit - to convey U.S. support to Abbas and Fatah.
She met with Abbas in Ramallah, where she expressed "great admiration" for his leadership and promised him the "strong commitment of the United States". Then, quite amazingly, it was announced that the U.S. would allocate $26 million to "expand" Abbas' Presidential guard from 3,500 to 6,000 men. At a time when the Palestinians seem to be moving ever closer to a civil war, it is obvious what this means.
Then, yesterday, the U.S. "quietly started a campaign" to bolster Hamas' political opponents in the event of an upcoming election, expected to cost up to $46 million (a lot of money in the Occupied Territories - more than three times the amount spent by the main parties and candidates in the January election.) "'This project supports (the) objective to create democratic alternatives to authoritarian or radical Islamist political options,' one official U.S. document obtained by Reuters said."
U.S. Consul General Jacob Walles said, "We are not promoting any particular party. In fact, we will work with any party as long as it is not affiliated with a terrorist organisation". Now, there are some problems with this. First, it's a flagrant lie. As I've already said, the U.S. has allocated $26 million specifically to expand President Abbas' Presidential Guards. Then there's the fact that Fatah is linked to a terrorist group, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades are Fatah's military wing. Since the U.S. and Israel consistently fail to distinguish between the political and military wings of Hamas, there is no way they can justify doing so for Fatah. So in other words the U.S. government is, in effect, funding a terrorist organisation and so, under Bush law, they should be disappeared to Guantanamo Bay.