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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, October 01, 2005


Egypt betrays the U.S., and Israel on border security.

In what appears to be a breakdown of the of the U.S. brokered peace process, Egypt has failed to control an 11-kilometer-long border with the Gaza Strip, displaying a lack of commitment from President Hosni Mubarak’s to assume security responsibilities from Israel and to curb terrorist activity.

The Philadelphi patrol road, which had been an anti-terror barrier, has become a crowded weapon smuggling route and terrorist thoroughfare since the last Israeli soldier exited the strip. This happened under the watchful eye of the Palestinians and Egyptians despite their repeated assurances last month they would acccept the tough responsibility of preventing terrorism.

According to the G2Bulletin, "Intelligence and political analysts in the Middle East were surprised by the magnitude of the Philadelphi collapse, and even more so by the unquestionable superiority of the Islamic Movement –Hamas, towering over all other armed Palestinian groups in that area, including the Palestinian Authority. Above all stands out the poor performance of the Palestinian police, a force which seems to be more like a new version of the Keystone Kops than a professional law and order organization. Not many expect their performance to improve dramatically in lieu of how poorly they are handling the present situation, especially with such a low motivated command echelon."


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