Skip to comments.The Persecution of the Palestinians [barf alert]
Posted on 06/04/2006 1:02:15 PM PDT by white trash redneck
"Why do they hate us?" So stunned Americans asked, after 9/11, when we learned that across the Arab world, many were saying, “The Americans had it coming.”
They hate us because we are free, and successful, to start.
For a textbook example of why we are hated, consider Gaza and the West Bank. There, a brutal Israeli/U.S.-led cutoff in aid has been imposed on the Palestinians for voting the wrong way in a free election.
Immediately after Hamas’s victory, Israel halted the $55 million a month the Palestinian Authority received as its share of tax and customs revenue. Israel demanded Europe and the U.S. also end all aid to the PA until Hamas renounces terror, recognizes Israel, and disarms.
And why should Israel, the US, and Europe help to prop up a government of muslime terrorists?
President Bush, though he was conducting a worldwide crusade for democracy and had urged that the Palestinian elections be held and Hamas participate, obediently complied. For months now, U.S. and European aid to the PA, half its budget, has been halted.
Elections have consequences.
The early returns are in. “Surgeons at Gaza’s biggest hospital,” says the Financial Times, “have suspended non-essential surgery for lack of sutures, laboratory kits and anesthetics.” Environmental protection agency workers have no money for petrol to monitor sewage and industrial waste entering the water supply. Some 150,000 civil servants, 60,000 of them armed security personnel, have gone unpaid for months.
Supermarkets have to extend credit to customers who have no money for food. The Washington Post relates an incident that gives a flavor of what is happening.
“In Gaza’s gold market Monday, Nahed al-Zayim stared at the wedding ring her husband, a Palestinian police officer, gave her six years ago. She had placed it on a glass counter offering it for sale, joining several other wives of public employees who had not been paid in two months.
“Her head covered by a black veil, Zayim said she needed the proceeds from her ring to buy diapers and milk supplements for her three children, including Hazem, 4, who tugged at her tunic in the afternoon bustle. ‘This is the last one, we have no more,’ Zayim, 28, said of her ring.”
So let's hope the palesimians are clever enough to make different electoral choices next time.
Woodrow Wilson called sanctions “the silent, deadly remedy.” Its victims are always the sick, the elderly, the women, and the children.
Exactly the people targeted by arab terrorists. But of course Pat doesn't care if Jews die.
In March, the World Bank predicted the aid cutoff would lead to a 30 percent fall in average personal incomes among the Palestinians. The bank now considers that prediction “too rosy” and expects “the worst year in the West Bank and Gaza’s recent dismal economic history.”
Already, violent clashes have broken out between Hamas and Fatah. There is a danger of collapse of the Palestinian Authority, chaos, and a need for the Israeli army to intervene anew to restore order.
Yeah, the place ran like Switzerland til the evil Joos and their puppets in the US government messed things up.
Finally, May 9, under European pressure, the U.S. relented and a trickle of aid began to flow.
Query: who, besides al-Qaeda and recruiters of suicide bombers, can conceivably benefit from persecuting the Palestinian people like this? Does President Bush or Condi Rice think the Palestinians will respect an America that did this to their children, after we urged this election, called for Hamas to participate, and preached our devotion to democracy?
“The aid cut-off appears to be increasing anti-U.S. sentiment here,” writes the Post’s Scott Wilson, quoting 33-year-old pharmacist Mustafa Hasoona: “The problem is the West, not us. If they don’t respect democracy, they shouldn’t call for it. We are with this government we elected. I voted for it.”
And maybe you'll make a wiser choice in the next election.
According to the Financial Times, Hamas is winning converts for refusing to buckle. Said Khalil Abu Leila, a Hamas leader, “They have misunderstood the Arab mentality. As long as the pressure increases on Hamas, the more popular it will become.”
The White House says we don’t negotiate with terrorists. But when we had to, we did. FDR and Truman summited with Stalin at Yalta and Potsdam. Nixon met with Mao in Beijing. Kissinger negotiated with the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese at Paris. Bush I allied with Assad in the Gulf War. Clinton had Arafat to the White House too many times to count.
Rabin and Peres shared a Nobel Prize with Arafat. Netanyahu gave him Hebron. Barak offered him 95 percent of the West Bank.
Bush’s agents negotiated with the architect of the Lockerbie massacre to persuade Colonel Khaddafi to give up his WMD. In 2004, Bush’s men called it a victory for Bush diplomacy. Khaddafi’s regime had been at the top of the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terror.
The purpose of U.S.-Israeli policy today is to punish the Palestinians for how they voted and to force Hamas to yield or to collapse its government. How does such a policy win hearts and minds for America?
Terrorism has been described as waging war on innocents to break their political leaders. Is that not a fair description of what we are doing to the Palestinians?
Sounds as if Pat thinks the Israelis are damned if they do, damned if they don't. Military reprisals against terrorists? Oh, no, that's too brutal. The separation fence? Oh, no, that subjects the poor palesimians to hyoooomiliation. Sanctions? Oh, no, think of the poor baby palesterrorists.
In Pat's world, the only acceptable ending is for the Israelis to pack up and leave Israel (and maybe march into the gas chambers and save the rest of the world an additional headache.
No wonder they hate us.
I don't ever remember a TRUE American asking this.
I never asked, "Why do they hate us." My question was, "How soon can we kill them?"
"Es spricht... Der Buchananführer!"
As Patsies, Palis, and various fuzzy-wuzzy Muzzies spring to their feet with their arms raised in salute.
You know, when most folks go round the bend, they pick a point and stop. Pat's still going, and going....
And yeah, poor numb George Bush doesn't have a foreign policy until the Jooooose ring up and give it to him. Does Pat really believe this stuff?
And this guy once ran for President. A tragic figure really. The Ramsey Clark of the right.
Criminal Number 18F
If the Palestinian authorities really cared about the people they could spend the money they spend on arms buying food and medicine for the people. That fact that they prefer to buy bomb vests and rockets tells us all we need to know Pat about the poor Palestinians.
When I got to this part, I asked myself: "what sort of idiot wrote this?"
Is it possible to have a "brutal cutoff" of extortion payments?
What has this doofus been smoking?
Why did they hate us before the brutal cutoff of extortion money?
Pat actually won the New Hampshire primary. He's never gotten over it.
Pat Buchanan hates Jewish people.
BTW, Gandhi achieved regime change in India without murdering a single British Civilian. Don't lie to us that Terrorism is a necessary evil. It just evil.
Followed by, what can I do to help with that?
Khaddafis regime had been at the top of the State Departments list of state sponsors of terror.
The current list (which is, after all, the one that matters) is here: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/c14151.htm
This list is, as even Pat cannot dispute, in alphabetical order.
When Libya was on the list and the list was maintained in rank order, Iran was ahead of Libya from the date in 1984 that Iran joined the list. Iran was not placed on the list earlier because there were diplomatic attempts to get the Ayatollahs to back off terror sponsorship. They never did.
One of the terrorist agencies they sponsor is Pat's Pali pals, Hamas.
Criminal Number 18F
"brutal Israeli/U.S.-led cutoff in aid has been imposed on the Palestinians for voting the wrong way in a free election."
Yes Pat, they voted the wrong way.....they voted in a murderous terrorist organization that's openly promotes genocide and is even killing your own beloved Arabs. This jerk is so anti-Semitic he can't see straight.
Exactly. Take Jimmy Carter for instance? Electing him as President of the USA had consequences. Expensive consequences that the US (and the rest of the world) still have to bear.
One can evade reality but one cannot evade the consequences of evading reality . In other words elections and other choices we make carries consequences. Pat Buchanan ought to be old enough to understand that...
The Arabs have never understood it - it just doesn't seem to fit their mental make-up.
Buchanan is on the take from the Arabs.
Has been for a long time.
When I got to this part, I asked myself: "what sort of idiot wrote this?"
When I got to this part I stopped reading.
We don't owe the dang Palestinians one dang drop of aid.
That aid is from our benevolence and that fact we cut off aid to a terrorist organization is a pretty darn smart thing to do.
Buchanan is a freaking MORON.
I always thought his antisemitism was a labor of love, but is there evidence that he's getting $$ from the arabs as well?
Buchanan is an anti-Semitic fool.
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