It looks as though this is the latest game in the Middle East.  The U.S. and Israel are dividing the Palestinians into hostile factions (partially their own fault, needless to say) and the U.S. is splitting the Iraqis — supporting some of the Sunnis which is driving Maliki up the wall along with his fellow Shiites.

As most of the Palestinians cannot stomach the corruption of the Abbas operation of yore and the Iraqis are already involved in a civil war which needs no more oil on the fire, I imagine both moves will turn out to be disastrous over the long run.  Both simply add good reasons for Muslim extremists to go on the attack.  Rather than criminals, they are now being cast as national and religious heroes.  That’s the way to go Israel and the U.S.  Arrrrrrrrhhh!!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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