What better way to ensure winning any future elections? Of course, do as Mubarak does and outlaw the opposition. But to make it easy on the US & Europe to support you (like they do to Mubarak), call your opposition "Islamists" or "armed groups" and you'll guarantee their full support! I'm surprized Abbas hasn't called Hamas' men "Unlawful Enemy Combatants" yet, but I wouldn't be surprized if he'll call them that anytime soon. He might even request their rendetion to Guantanamo. Do people see the blatant hypocricy of the West?
from the article: PA Chairman Abbas issues decree outlawing Hamas armed militias