"Two men who've betrayed their people!"
The unfolding situation vis a vis the Palestinians is like watching a Greek tragedy unfold.
In 2000, following a provocative move by Sharon, an intifada began, one led by Arafat and his Fatah Party. During the course of that struggle by the Palestinians against the brutal occupation and imperialism of the Israelis, more than 4,000 Palestinian men, women and children were killed and many more were seriously injured. During this period the Israelis, using bulldozers and missiles destroyed even more of the Palestinian infrastructure. Who can forget Jenin?
The Fatah Party over decades was dogged by deep corruption and had little credibility with either its constituents or Western Governments. Eventually, after the death of Arafat (due to rather strange circumstances), democratic elections were held and Hamas swept into power. But Fatah maintained armed militias and friction between them and their Hamas counterparts continued with deaths on both sides.
Immediately the West and Israel mounted a campaign to undermine the new Hamas government because it refused to recognize the occupying state of Israel or to stop its armed struggle. Money was frozen and the new government couldn't operate and people starved.
Meanwhile the President of Palestine, Abbas, a member of the deposed, discredited Fatah Party, began to make conciliatory overtures towards Israel and the West. Sensing both his weakness and his hunger for power, he was immediately championed by them. The fact that his party had been thrown out by the Palestinians and was corrupt didn't phase the West at all. Democracy has many faces.
The Israelis eventually left Gaza but surround it on all sides and still send their troops in or bomb it or close its borders at the drop of a hat. Subsequent events have now created a Hamas enclave in Gaza and a Fatah enclave in the West Bank. The saying: Divide and Conquer was never so true.
Pictures of Abbas embracing Israeli Zionists and Bush Administration officials while selling out his people fill the airwaves daily. Meanwhile the ghosts of all those martyrs who died in vain trying to free Palestine howl and moan and curse in the witching hours because a viable, sovereign State of Palestine surely is now an impossibility!
But the ghost who howls and curses the loudest is Arafat!