An exceptional statement on the first anniversary of the disengagement

In an editorial appearing in the August 27 issue of the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad thoroughly analyzed the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip and pointed the finger of accusation chiefly at the �resistance� (i.e., the Palestinian terrorist organizations). In the article, apparently written on the anniversary of last year’s Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip , he claimed that the Palestinians had not been wise enough to use the disengagement as a springboard for socio-economic development. Instead, he said, they had turned the Strip into a focal point of �anarchy and corruption.�