Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Who Blew Up the School in Gaza?

Here's something you haven't seen in all the usual places:

Father Manuel is reluctant to talk about persecution. Instead, he said that “our relations with the Muslims are not only good, they are excellent. I don’t think what happened came from a direct order from Hamas or Fatah. In the past when the Church had difficulties, they came to our defence—for example, when there were demonstrations against the Muhammad cartoons or after the Pope’s speech in Regensburg.”

As proof he said that “just this morning at least a hundred people, both Christian and Muslim, came to see me. Even Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas phoned me from Ramallah to express friendship and his strong condemnation.”

“The whole Gaza community is close to us. Two Hamas minister came to visit the convent and the school run by the sisters and promised to repair all the damage. Some religious sheikhs also came today. Whoever did it was armed. The doors of the convent were knocked open with mortars. It shows how barbaric they and their attempt to make troubles between Christians and Muslims are.

So the question is not 'whether Hamas of Fatah did it'--the question is a bit more intriguing, expressed in Latin as "Cui bono?"--"To whom [accrues the] benefit?"

One immediate suspect, of course, is AlQuaeda.

HT: Amy

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