Cal serves up a nice bit of fog an' hasbara that conveniently forgets Israel's early role in increasing the prestige of Hamas, once a minor faction. Why? As a foil to marginalize Mr. Arafat's largely secular/nationalist PLO. In fact, Thomas forgets the West's complicity in radicalizing Muslims, from London's encouragement of Wahhabism in their war against the Ottoman Turks to .. Washington's radicalization of Pashtun tribesmen in their scheme to bring down the Soviet empire (the "Brzezinski doctrine"?).