by Daniel Pipes
"The stupidest program the
First, a primer about the program, drawing on a recent
Shortly after Yasir Arafat died in late 2004, the
The PA militia has in total about 30,000 troops, of which four battalions comprising 2,100 troops have passed scrutiny for lack of criminal or terrorist ties and undergone 1,400 hours of training at an American facility in
With Israeli permission, these troops have deployed in areas of
Looking ahead, however, I predict that those troops will more likely be a war partner than a peace partner for
No Palestinian state:
Palestinian state: The PA has never wavered in its goal of eliminating
The PA defeats Hamas: For the same reason, in the unlikely event that the PA prevails over Hamas, its Gaza-based Islamist rival, it will by incorporate Hamas troops into its own militia and then order the combined troops to attack
Hamas defeats the PA: Should the PA succumb to Hamas, will absorb at least some of "Dayton's men" into its own militia and deploy them in the effort to eliminate the Jewish state.
Hamas and PA cooperate: Even as
The law of unintended consequences provides one temporary consolation: As Washington sponsors the PA forces and
Not so: Some of us foresee it and are warning against it. More deeply, some of us understand that the 1993
Mr. Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.
Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors.