Saturday, January 28, 2006

Hamas In Power: Day 2

More turmoil in Palestine as Hamas takes the reins:

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Firing into the air, Fatah gunmen and police stormed Palestinian parliament buildings on Saturday in growing unrest after their long-dominant party's crushing election defeat by Hamas Islamists...

Thousands of gunmen from President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah held protests across the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, many firing automatic rifles into the air.

They took over parliament in the West Bank city of Ramallah for about 20 minutes, shouting demands from the roof before descending peacefully. Fatah militants and police also seized the parliament building in the Gaza Strip.

The gunmen demanded Fatah leaders resign. They also aimed to dissuade the party from any idea of sharing power with Hamas or letting it control security forces -- after Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal said it planned to form "an army".

Not only is unrest growing, but Hamas' leaders are calling the West's demands that it renounce violence against Israel "blackmail." According to Hamas, renouncing violence against a sovereign nation is apparently completely unreasonable. A mentality like that does not bode well for the Middle Eastern peace process.