Chalk another one up on your list of miserable failures. You and your neocon pals in Israel have failed to marginalize Hamas and now you're faced with only two options. All your demands on the Palestinian Authority, the almost insurmountable obstacles you placed in their way to a sovereign state, have come back to bite you in the ass. Just as you're pushing more and more Iraqis to the side of the insurgency, the neocon polices in Washington and Tel Aviv have served not to marginalize but to legitimize what you call a terrorist organization. So now what do you have?
Sharon is dead (politically for now, literally probably soon), Abu Mazn is out, Fatah (Arafat's party) is out, and the only hope for peace is dealing with Hamas. Washington and Tel Aviv have already stated they will not deal with terrorists, so the only option is to disengage from the peace process. As the Head Heeb says:
All we know now is that, once again, Middle Eastern politics may have turned upside down in an instant.
This is what you get when you look at foreign policy in terms of Black and White with a perspective of people who seldom, if ever, left the United States and traveled abroad; the writing was on the wall 5 years ago. They shouldn't be making foreign policy decisions for the United States. It is these same people who have backed us into a corner in the Holy Land, allowing Israel free reign in their treatment of the Palestinians. The chickens are coming home to roost in Palestine and how we and the Israelis choose to deal with them will determine the fate of the region for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately, I think the neocons in this country will see this as an excuse to perpetuate the 'War on Terror' and those in Israel will see it as an excuse to rid themselves of the 'Palestinian problem' once and for all. I do not put much faith in the White House dealing with the change in the status quo any better than they've dealt with anything else over the past 5 years.
And will Bibi Netanyahu please shut the fuck up? I am sick of your sanctimonious bullshit.