Not content with the current Bush Administration policy labeling Hamas a terror group and refusing to meet or do business with it, AIPAC has given marching orders to its congressional minions, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Tom Lantos, who will file the most punitive and draconian anti-PA legislation ever seen in this country
As they say, go read the whole thing.
Plunging the Palestinians into further poverty and oppression will certainly curb suicide bombers, right? I can hear the mullahs now - these are the rewards of democracy.
Various Muslim coutries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia are stepping in to fill the gap left by illegal tax withholdings.
This couldn't be more perfect for us and AIPAC. Iran has also offered funding to the HAMAS led government. So when innocent lives are blown up by desperate Arabs, we'll be able to tie the money directly to Iran. Voila! Instant neo-con paradise and "The Long War" gets an indefinite extension (as if one was needed).
Just for some good news, Sweden offers some hope of rationality:
I’m delighted to report that the Swedish government equivalent of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) is guaranteeing the PA $4.6-million:
“According to the fourth Geneva convention, the occupying power has a particular responsibility to support and ensure the human dignity of the occupied,” [Peter Lundberg of the group’s humanitarian unit] said.
“Since Israel is not living up to its responsibility under international law, large parts of the Palestinian population are now completely dependent on international humanitarian aid,” Lundberg added.
This seems to be how liberal democracy would want to represent itself. Unfortunately we seem to prefer representatives like this:
“It’s like a meeting with a dietitian. We need to make the Palestinians lose weight, but not to starve to death.”
Glad to see we're making such progress.