Friday, January 05, 2007

Throwing Good Money After Bad

From today's news:-

U.S. to provide Abbas' forces with $86 million

The Bush administration will provide $86.4 million to strengthen security forces loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, expanding U.S. involvement in Abbas' power struggle with Hamas, U.S. documents showed on Friday.

This theme sounded familiar.

So I searched.

Look what I found:-

US to put more money into Abbas security forces
Source: Associated Press
Oct 06, 2006

The Bush administration plans to spend $20 million in US taxpayers' dollars on additional training and arms for the personal security forces of PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas.

Dubov, Dmitri and Suponina, Elena, “Hamas won’t get any money,” 11 May 06, Vremya Novostei

The Quartet only recently decided to channel money to Abbas, hoping to bypass the Hamas-led government. This tentative decision, which was made on 9 May, at the UN headquarters in New York City, calls for an initial three-month plan before the Quartet meets again to reassess the situation.

Posted on May 29, 2005 3:39 PM EST

President Bush pacified Mahmoud Abbas the old-fashioned way on Thursday. He bribed him.

His offer of $50 million in direct aid to the Palestinian leader capped a busy week of Israel-related news that was as substantial as a Seinfeld episode about nothing. Nothing happened, or so it seemed. Except that the week’s events exposed the collection of contradictions and complications which threaten the peace process.

I guess I could go on and on. But it's too close to Shabbat and I have to sweep the floor.

You get the drift of things.

How much money will American citizens allow to fund terror disguised as 'fighting terror' and ending up in all the wrong pockets?


Anonymous said...

As long as the ultimate goal of the US State Department is the dismantling of the State of Israel, and as long as Pres. Bush continues to express his "vision" of a "peaceful, democratic State of Palestine..." and as long as the average, tax-paying US citizen doesn't know or care about anything outside his own neighborhood (which is the case, even with my own brothers), NOTHING will change and this sort of "bribery" will continue.

The result - Israel is, as usual, the loser - as the money is used to purchase and create more weapons used against us - and, not surprisingly, in the PR war...


YMedad said...

Actually, part of the problem is that they don't really consider that their goal. The officials simply want: a) what's best the the US; b) therefore, ME quiet; c) therefore, Israeli kowtowing.

Our job is to make them aware of the futility and idiocy in some of their policies rather than their goals, which are unchangeable by definition.