In search of justice in the Middle East Chicago Tribune: “The U.S. decision to back Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the recent turmoil virtually guarantees an escalation in violence. Abbas has installed an unelected ’emergency’ government to replace the democratically elected Hamas-led national unity government.
Some have portrayed Hamas’ takeover of Palestinian Authority security compounds in Gaza as a ‘coup.’ But many Palestinians do not view it that way. In January 2006, Hamas decisively won legislative elections, giving it the right to form an administration. The U.S., despite its rhetorical support for democracy, decided to crush Hamas rule, imposing sanctions that have harmed ordinary Palestinians in the hope that Hamas would be forced out.”