U.S. warning allies of Hamas takeover of Palestinian Authority

(As if they didn’t know this was happening all along…)

From http://www.geostrategy-direct.com, October 11, 2005

Bush officials and congressional sources said the administration has been quietly bracing for a Hamas takeover of the PA. State Department officials have been briefing Arab and Western allies about the prospect that Hamas would dominate either the Palestinian government or PA areas by mid-2006.

“There is a very serious risk that unless we make much more progress on the peace process than I now think is likely, that regardless of Hamas we may see the Islamists take over there,” Anthony Cordesman, a senior researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 28. “And while they’re not Islamist extremists of the kind [Al Qaida chief Osama] Bin Laden is, the broader this alliance is, the more dangerous it is.”

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