western governments are not backing fatah because they like them or believe that they are looking out for palestinian interests. everyone knows that loyalty goes only so far. however western governtments also understand that fatah (as opposed to hamas) will be more beneficial to palestinians. it will allow palestinians to once again reach out for hand outs from the rest of the world and potentially, jump start a democracy in which people will be able to start businesses, move freely, enjoy good relationship with israel (its a long shot ;) ) and perhaps some day have a state. their other alternative plan is implemented in gaza.
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from the article: PA Chairman Abbas issues decree outlawing Hamas armed militias