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World Citizen: Hamas Disappoints its Backers

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

The war between Israel and Hamas has sparked much hand-wringing, disagreement, and controversy. One aspect of the conflict, however, now appears beyond dispute: After almost three weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, Hamas militias have proven astonishingly unimpressive on the battleground.

For Hamas' allies and backers in places like Tehran and Damascus, and among like-minded militants such as Hezbollah, it's difficult to imagine anything but disappointment at the performance of the Palestinian Islamist force that had so thoroughly routed Fatah, its Palestinian rivals, only 18 months ago. ...

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