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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rice: U.S. Wants to Give Palestinians Aid???????

Surfing through Jihad Watch this morning, I found this article:

Rice: U.S. Wants to Give Palestinians Aid - Yahoo! News, by ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer, Sun Mar 12, 1:12

The United States hopes to find a way to increase humanitarian donations to the Palestinians following Hamas' election victory, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday. "We are looking at ways to even increase our humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people during this period of time," Rice said.

Rice was not specific. But her comments suggested that the United States intends to replace money it once gave directly to the current moderate and secular Palestinian government with grants for charity work or other projects that are independent of the new government. [How is this metaphysically possible??????] U.S. officials have nearly finished an extensive review of aid to the Palestinians that was intended to ensure that future aid does not flow to Hamas.

Hamas, which refuses to renounce violence and has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide bombings against Israel, is listed as a terrorist organization by both the United States and the European Union.

U.S. diplomats are concerned both about the effect an aid cut would have on a poor and underemployed population, and about the perception among Muslims that the U.S. is cutting aid as punishment for selection of leaders it does not like.

The Palestinian Authority is effectively broke, with a monthly deficit in the tens of millions of dollars. In 2005, the first year the authority was not headed by Yasser Arafat, overseas donors contributed about $1 billion of the authority's approximately $1.9 billion. U.S. direct aid is a small part of that — $70 million last year. Separately, the U.S. spent $225 million for humanitarian projects through the U.S. Agency for International Development last year, and gave $88 million for refugee assistance.

Rice said the United States will go on promoting democracy in the Middle East, the wider Muslim world and elsewhere, even when it has unintended consequences. Rice said the demonstrations prove her point about the value of democracy. "What that shows is that Indonesia [Islamic state] is a vibrant democracy and people can protest and people can speak their minds," Rice said.

"We don't believe that people should protest only when they have a pro-American or a pro-U.S. administration message. They have that right." [Do we have to use taxpayers' dollars to finance hate against us???????????]

(All emphases are mine.)

Does this woman grasp reality? She has become Colin Powell in drag. It is hard to believe that Dr. Rice, who is both brilliant and highly educated, is such a conservative nitwit.

Her comments ought to unnerve anyone who thinks of himself or herself as "conservative" or "right wing." (If that someone also thinks he or she is "Republican" as well, he or she may be beyond salvage).

The Right in America is fully as dangerous as the Left, and both Right and Left are converging on the same point in space and time. That point I can jazz up with a name like "Point Doom." That is the point where America falls apart inside and becomes ripe for the takeover from the outside. The thinking of Dr. Rice and those who think like her, the neocons, the "compassionate conservatives," and most of the "right wing," have become no more than the other side of the same coin, with the liberals-Left on one face, and the conservatives-Right on the other.

Both advocate the same saccharine-tasting poison of sacrificial ethics (altruism), i.e., our duty is to act against our self-interest and solely to sacrifice the blood and treasure of America for others in the world, any others, particularly those who hate us and want to destroy us:

The Left want to "help the poor and downtrodden." The Right want to "promote democracy, give humanitarian assistance, and be concerned with "the perception among Muslims that the U.S. is cutting aid as punishment for selection of leaders it does not like." This is just sloppy-seconds liberalism.

These Hamas people are near collapse, as was the Lenin Soviet regime until we stepped in to ensure its survival, as was the Khomeini regime until we ensured its survival, and as we are doing now to Islamia which could not survive without our largess. Let them collapse. Make "Palestinians" turn on Hamasians and kill them all. Don't provide a single dollar to keep Hamas living their lies.

The Muslim world needs the "perception" that we will kick them into oblivion if they harm anyone or anything of ours. They need the "perception" that we will not tolerate regimes like Hamas and Iran, among others. They need the "perception" they do not get another dollar or any materiel until they do things compatible with the life, livelihood, and principles of the Constitution of the USA. Where do they get these "perceptions"? From our proud, assertive, selfish assertion of our principles of America.

Punish them for selecting leaders we don't like? How does our not giving charity constitute "punishment." But if that is what Dr. Rice, et al, want to call reason and reality, then so be it: punishment it is.

If the overwhelming response from the Right about the Dubai Ports World caper has not turned anyone off on the Right, then this kind of self-destructive blather from Dr. Rice, who is speaking for THE Compassionate Conservative himself, ought to produce a sense of profound and impending danger--the kind the Left gives us.

The entire Bush administration and most of the Right have become "unintended consequences."


  • At Tue Mar 14, 02:39:00 PM PST, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    These Hamas people are near collapse...

    It is the worst type folly to prop them up with ANY kind of aid--humanitarian or otherwise.

  • At Wed Mar 15, 10:13:00 AM PST, Blogger George Mason said…


    At times this Google system gets buggy, and last night was one of those times. I could not post my response to your comment, so I sent it to your AOW mail (hope that got through--but let me know if it did not).


  • At Wed Mar 15, 09:12:00 PM PST, Blogger John Sobieski said…

    It is clear that Bush and Condi are getting some of the worse advice, but what about common sense? Do they have any at all? Rice drives me to distraction, and there are people who want her for President which is absolutely insane.

  • At Fri Mar 17, 10:06:00 AM PST, Blogger George Mason said…


    I have finally completed the journey: I can no longer support Rice at present or for any future job that bears on our national future. Were she to run, I would consider her as dangerous as Hillary because she doesn't know and doesn't know she doesn't know but thinks she knows. What she thinks she knows is on a par with President Bush who has proven himself to be a national disgrace.

    Rice and Bush prove, as if we needed more proof, that a person is as good only as his ideas. Bush and Rice are ideologues who put their particular ideology above "common sense." Both reflect the famous words of Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us."

    As of now, 2008 looks abysmal.


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