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Can't they at least pretend to change their spots?

Today's Boston Globe (who is rapidly supplanting Ted Kennedy as my handiest source for outrage) has yet another sob story about the poor Palestinians. It seems that they are suffering because of United States sanctions against the Palestinian Authority. While I can't point out any specific falsehoods in their story, I do note that a few fairly significant facts are overlooked:

1) The Palestinian Authority has a policy that it does not accept conditional or substantial aid. It only accepts cash, and rejects any attempts to monitor or regulate how it is spent.

2) The Palestinian Authority has a long-standing history of taking money given to it for all sorts of humanitarian aid and using it on weapons.

3) The Palestinian Authority is currently dominated by Hamas, and -- you might have missed this part -- they are TERRORISTS.

Long before Hamas started dabbling in electoral politics, the United States laid it out: Hamas is a terrorist organization. We, as a general rule, do not deal with terrorist organizations.

When Hamas decided to go into politics, we repeated it up front: we will not have dealings with Hamas. Even if they are elected, we will not deal with them.

The Palestinian people either didn't believe us, or didn't care -- they gave Hamas an overwhelming victory at the polls. Accordingly, we said "get back to us when you stop being terrorists."

They haven't stopped being terrorists. If anything, they've ratched up the rhetoric, ramped up the terrorist attacks, and even started a bit of a civil war with Fatah, the other terrorist faction that used to dominate the Palestinian Authority.

I'm not quite sure what the rationale is behind the move to demonize the sanctions and their consequences, because they were all eminently foreseeable -- and justified.

But it's nice to see that the Boston Globe is still so eager to cozy up to those who are avowed enemies of the United States and the West. I appreciate the consistency in my life.


Comments (9)

The last part of the articl... (Below threshold)
Scott in CA:

The last part of the article states that the "Palestinians" are dependent on the US for their water and sewage treatment. Why is this?

I see the "Palestinians" have no shortage of money to buy weapons and ammo. They seem to have plenty of time on their hands, as I see them in great swarms wearing ski masks every time they are in a bad mood.

Perhaps some of them could actually build a sewer system. It takes shovels and concrete pipes, which can be bought with the same money as they use for bullets.

Screw them all. They are the most dysfunctional, psychotic "culture" in the world.

I've come to the conclusion... (Below threshold)
Myackie:

I've come to the conclusion that "Palestinians" actually enjoy thinking of themselves as the world's biggest victims. Perhaps they feel this gives them some kind of moral high ground. I don't know. I've read too many reports of how they have refused offers of better housing, etc. Thus, they can maintain their pitiful image as suffering martyrs.

They are a collectively sick society, and my sympathy is at an end. I look forward to the day when the rest of the world feels the same and the "Palestinians" will have to actually work for a living.

Maybe someone should build ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Maybe someone should build them a casino. Then they could contract it out to Harra's and skim the profits for guns and weapons (whoops, meant health and welfare improvement). Someone would have to convince them that taking the Israeli's money through gambling was a better way to get even than killing them.

Ultimately they'll still require the same level of welfare, but at least the leadership will have a vested interest in keeping Israel alive.

Maybe someone shou... (Below threshold)
Maybe someone should build them a casino.

There is one in the West Bank. CLosed and probably derelict now, though.

There's real victims in the... (Below threshold)

There's real victims in the world to be concerned with, particularly those poor people in Darfur who aren't Muslims. There lives are truly in danger.

But the terrorist *and terrorist-supporting) Palestinians???? There in dire straights because they have consistently made the absolute worst choices. Ever. This is what happens when you sh*t on the world's coffee table and then ask them what's for dinner (props to Mencia). Payback's a b*tch, isn't it!

But to shill for the Palestinians? Is the Boston Globe stuck in a 70's - 80's time warp or something???

I'm so angry I can't close ... (Below threshold)

I'm so angry I can't close my parentheses and I can't distinguish my their's, there's, and they're's!

The Palestinians make me crazy (and illiterate), I tell you!

The same liberal idiots who... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

The same liberal idiots who scream bloody murder about our embargo on CUBA the thousands of cubans who starve and thats becuase CASTRO with holds their food so him and his gons and the usial boot lickers like JIMMY CARTER can pig out all the time

Jay, off topic I know but:<... (Below threshold)

Jay, off topic I know but:

Remember the Cherryvale mall bomber - instantly proclaimed a lone nut?

http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070309/NEWS07/103090070/-1/NEWSNOW02

"Accused bomb-plotter linked to a another alleged terrorist ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR ROCKFORD -- Accused CherryVale Mall terrorist Derrick Shareef was linked this week to another alleged terrorist who, authorities say, plotted to kill members of the United States Navy and was arrested Wednesday. According to a Justice Department affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, Shareef and Hassan Abujihaad, who also goes by the name Paul Hall, were roommates in Phoenix in 2004."

DKK

Allah has Arafat roasting i... (Below threshold)
kim:

Allah has Arafat roasting in special Hell. Think what his stolen billion could have done in economic development for his nation. Oh, wait, he's Egyptian. That nation is still getting billions.
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