March 7, 2004

Palestinian Authority in Chaos

The Jerusalem Post describes a state of affairs in the West Bank and Gaza that approaches civil war. The forces for moderation, the rule of law, transparency and democracy are being murdered, beaten and intimidated. A businessman in Nablus describes it like this:

"What we have here is a Mafia," he remarked, insisting on anonymity. "We have tens of competing armed groups that have replaced the PA. Each group has a leader who is directly linked to another more senior official. Every day I hear about armed robberies, rapes, kidnappings and extortion. The security forces say they are afraid of them and there is no judicial system."

(via The Corner)

Posted by dan at March 7, 2004 4:04 PM