In an earlier post I explained how Israel and the US were taking sides in the civil war brewing in Gaza and made this prediction:
Ultimately, Hamas will probably win this struggle because their followers are more radicalized and fanatical.
It appears that prediction is coming true based on the reports coming out of Gaza today like this one by NPR:
Hamas fighters on Wednesday wrested control of Gaza's north-south road - and put themselves in position to cut off reinforcements to beleaguered Fatah forces. Six militants died in clashes near the besieged house of a senior Fatah commander in Gaza City, besides four killed there on Tuesday, Hamas said. Two other people died of wounds sustained in earlier fighting.
Gunmen also fought for control of high-rise buildings in Gaza City that serve as sniper positions. Hamas has been systematically taking control of major positions in the north and south, apparently leaving Gaza City, the strip's security and political nerve center, for last. On Tuesday, Hamas gunmen scored a key victory when they overran the headquarters of a Fatah-allied security force in northern Gaza.
Hamas reported another strategic win on Wednesday, saying it seized a Fatah post on the main north-south road, where security forces often stopped cars carrying Hamas loyalists. Hamas said it brought a bulldozer to flatten the post, which consisted of a mobile home and several shacks. Hamas also seized control Wednesday of a Fatah post on Gaza's coastal road - another main artery for reinforcing Fatah troops.
Hamas and Fatah have waged a power struggle in fits and spurts for the past year since Hamas won parliament elections, ending four decades of Fatah rule. On Tuesday, Hamas signaled it was moving into a decisive phase. It ignored pleas by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian mediators to honor a cease-fire and appeared to be moving ahead according to a plan.
US and Israeli assistance to Fatah has undoubtedly helped Hamas to mobilize and energize its followers in this fight. Once again, our incessant meddling in the Middle East has backfired on us. Hamas, which gained power due to free elections promoted by the US, could achieve a decisive victory here and gain full control of Gaza. This would be another heavy blow for George W Bush's grand vision of remaking the Middle East in the image of America. Across that region, extremists and fanatics are on the march while moderate and democratic forces are on the retreat.
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