Roger L. Simon

Palestinian Civil War?

Well, close enough:

Hundreds of Palestinian security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas went on a rampage against the Hamas-led government Monday night, riddling the parliament and Cabinet buildings with bullets and setting them on fire in retaliation for an attack by Hamas gunmen.

The security men shot out the windows of the parliament building before storming the two-building Cabinet complex, where they smashed furniture, destroyed computers and scattered documents. No casualties were reported.

The mob then set fire to one of the Cabinet buildings, gutting the building’s fourth floor. When a fire engine approached the scene, one gunman lay on the road in front of it, preventing it from reaching the building.

If you were an Israeli, what would you do? …. Keep building that wall! (duh) UPDATE: According to the AP, Fatah gunmen have kidnapped a Hamas lawmaker. [No scare quotes around lawmaker?-ed. This is a high-toned blog.]

MEANWHILE: The psychopaths continue their idiocy and – according to some reports at least – Tony Blair seems ready to accept Olmert’s plan for unilateral borders. Given current conditions, it’s hard to imagine it will be otherwise.