Now that it is clear that Hamas is out to take absolute control of Gaza, and whatever else they could get their guns on, lets return to the question: Is this "civil" war? In comparison, the situation in Iraq involves conflicts between religious and ethnic groups...and time will tell if the Iraqi national identity is robust enough to survive. But who is at war in the Palestinian territories? Are Hamas and Fatah unique ethnic or religious groups vying for power? I don't believe so. What we see is a power struggle between two terror organisations with different degrees of religious fanaticism, and a shared enemy - Israel. This internecine battle reveals that the Palestinians have no specific and unique national nor cultural identity - they define themselves through their murderous acts.