Monday, January 19, 2009

Calling the tune

According to this Reuters report picked up by Ynet News, we learn two things about the Gaza Strip. There is discontent and grumblings against the path Hamas had pursued, and so, the need for a very public display of force.

Hamas members have taken to the streets to act as traffic cops while Hamas security forces roam the roads in acts designed to show Hamas remains very much in administrative control of the Gaza Strip despite the ravages of a 22 day assault by the IDF which left most government buildings and infrastructure in ruins.

No doubt there will be calls in the coming weeks for more international aid to ‘rebuild’ the Gaza Strip, and the appeals will display and exploit to the nth degree all manner of wretchedness, however; how will Gazans ever learn to build a functional civil society when they never learn to pay the piper for themselves?

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