Poor guy... he's trying to make a little sense out of public discussion in the Middle East. This quote from today's news stories:
"Dean has been under fire for suggesting the United States should not take sides in the Middle East conflict and Israel should get out of disputed territories of the West Bank. While he has insisted that he backs U.S. policy supporting Israel, statements made on Wednesday about Hamas raise new questions.
"There is a war going on in the Middle East, and members of Hamas are soldiers in that war," Dean said Wednesday.
Dean condemned terrorism but his description of Hamas — designated by the United States as a terrorist group — as "soldiers in a war" conflicts with U.S. policy. The European Union also approved last week the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization."