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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

11/14/2004

Guys with Guns

Palestinian militants burst into a Gaza City mourning tent set up for Yasser Arafat on Sunday and fired shots in protest at the presence of his moderate successor Mahmoud Abbas, but he was unhurt, witnesses said.

Palestinian officials said it was not an assassination attempt.

A Palestinian security man was fatally wounded in an exchange of fire between the militants and bodyguards shielding Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, witnesses said.
reuters
No real need to assassinate if the message "You're dead whenever we want." can be conveyed. I am afraid Palestine is going to get a lot uglier before it gets much better and a large reason will be the number of thugs with guns.

At this point the Palestinians need their own ben-Gurion to simply say that the state (or authority) is to have a monopoly on force and weapons. But the one thing which the Palestinians have not got is a leader of that stature or a culture which is likely to throw one up.