I don't know how many times I've said that word today. What does that mean anyway...and have you ever though of how many sentenes you can use some derivative of it in...we no longer want to engage with you...you are not engaging enough for our company..er..occupation....sorry, but the line is engaged with protester's calls at the moment...and I got engaged to all this madness while covering disengagment.
I feel like my speech has a become a series of edited and re-edited sentences with all the same buzzwords,
Still, I return to what comes after diseng..oh you know. With word of a kidnapped French-Algerian reporter last night, we return once again to, yet another buzz word, "lawlessness and chaos" after withdrawal. Usually these terms are uttered in unision with Hamas (just as Gaza is teamed with "hotbed of terror", courtesy Sharon's speech tonight).
However, the trained observer will tell you its really a problem within the ranks of the ruling PA's Fateh party itself, with a corrupt system of patronage and payoffs, and hundreds of former guerillas to incorpate into the system. Tonight, we received yet another reminder of the problems that Abbas will have to at some point face: hundreds of fighters from the al-Aqsa martyrs Brigades marched through Gaza's city streets shooting their weapons, not in celebration, but to make a point: "We will never give up our weapons so long as a single Israeli soldier remains" they shouted. What's interesting is that they don't disassociate themselves from, or criticize the PA. They also shouted "Fateh...Fateh...Fateh."
Just another card to throw into the pile, to make things more fun. After all, we could all use a good laugh about now (and I could use a good night's sleep ... so off I go).