Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 11:39:06 AM EST
back when these things were still accepted as supreme truth, theodor herzl (or whoever) proclaimed that palestine was "a land without people for a people without land" - according to the jewish/zionist sagas nobody was there before the jews to legitimately claim the land. after herzl came golda meir with her assertion that there was no political partner on the palestinian side, in fact, that there was nobody there at all (i wonder who ariel and others like him had been murdering all those years).
then came arafat, who managed to make himself and the cause of palestinians heared by the world, who managed to make the UN accept him, who practically forced the israeli side to concede that there was, in fact, a political will and a partner for negotiations on the palestinian side.
arafats fatah was for many years the political party/movement of choice for palestinians until, over time, it descended more and more into a mire of corruption, crime, subversion and finally came under the control of the money grubbing mafia and US/EU/israel stooges who head it today.
the good things of fatah were that they could always readily be accused of terrorism, crime, corruption, of being non-representative, whatever. it was thus easy to dismiss them as nobody for a variety of reasons, real and contrived.
today the hamas, a religious movement helped into existence by israel to counter the secular fatah, won the elections in a landslide. palestinians were more or less fed-up with the mismanagement and lack of legitimacy of the new, post-arafat 'leadership' so dear to everybody else.
during the past years israel has been busy murdering hamas' less radical leaders: yassin and al-rantisi come to mind, both of whom had shown themselves inclined to dialogue, to make a just peace with israel but not without concessions on the israeli side. what is left today from hamas' leadership is probably far more radical and militant than the dead old guard, likely far less inclined to concessions than the current fatah and the previous generation of hamas. this and the fact that in public opinion they are perceived as far less corrupt than the current fatah honchos makes them popular, representative of the political basis and thus dangerous to US/EU/israeli colonialist interests.
after a couple of conveniently timed suicide bombings in israeli pizzerias and coffee shops, and perhaps even across the EU - especially in countries where sympathy for the palestinian cause and/or distrust of israel run high - hamas will go the way of all political movements perceived as legitimate by palestinian majority: they will become the eternal nobody of palestinian politics until they have been delegitimized, subverted and corrupted enough for israeli, EU and US taste.
when that has happened, the game will start over: hamas will drown in a sump of corruption and crime, open season will be declared on their leadership for real and contrived acts of "terrorism" as scary as saddam's nukes, the palestinians will eventually reject them and elect by landslide another contender in the political arena, who in turn will be declared the new nobody.
nobody has died. long live the new nobody !