Saudi Daily: New Mideast Violence Followed From Cheney's Trip

23 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Saudi Daily: New Mideast Violence Followed From Cheney's Trip</h1><p>May 23, 2007 (LPAC)--The leading Saudi daily, <em>Asharq Al-Awsat</em> , published an op-ed by Fahmi Hweidi, a leading Egyptian Islamic intellectual, in which he argued that the outbreak of violence in the region must have to do with Dick Cheney's visit there.</p><p>Is it mere coincidence that Cheney would visit the region, and as soon as he had left, the situation in Gaza explodes and the Israeli government starts talking about eliminating Hamas once and for all? Thus starts Hweidi his op-ed. He continues: When the most dangerous man in the U.S. Administration comes here on a tour and, then, what we have seen take place on the ground and the air takes place, we cannot say that he was here for consultation or for extending the cords of friendship.</p><p>It is true, Hweidi writes, that the reports said Cheney discussed the Iraq issue, but the commentaries said that his visit was about the scenarios of dealing with the Iranian nuclear program, among which a military strike is one of the options. But, he did not talk at all [publicly] about the Palestinian issue, and in spite of that, it was only the Palestinian issue whose elements started to move as soon as the Vice President was back in Washington....</p><p>Although Hweidi does not bring in Cheney's plans for a Sunni-against-Shia war in the region, which EIR has exposed, he argues that Cheney's mad idea is to get rid of Hamas in preparation for an attack on Iran. There is a strong view in Washington that bringing the Palestinian situation under control and later to stabilize the Arab front is a precondition to bring the Arab nations on board to deal with Iran and reduce the pressure on the Americans in Iraq....</p><p>Hweidi accuses elements in the security apparatus of the Palestinian authority, belonging to the PLO, of playing into the hands of Cheney and Israel by sabotaging the agreement reached between President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and the Mecca Accord. The sabotage has been focused on keeping the Interior Ministry and security forces divided between Hamas and the PLO, and thus instead of having a national security force, the two groups continue having militias. Hweidi names three PLO security officials who have actively opposed the agreements of their own President, Abbas. They are: Mahmoud Dahlan (head of Preventive Security), Samir Mashharawi (Intelligence Chief) and Abu Shabak (security chief in Gaza).</p><p>Hweidi also notes that the security forces escalate the confrontation with Hamas on the ground, and at the same time Israel uses its F16s and Apachi helicopters to bomb the Executive Security Force of the Interior Ministry (Hamas-led), which was established to protect the elected officials and government personnel.</p></div></body>