Rewards of Democracy

Thursday, December 21, 2006 1:37 PM

Democracy?--Hypocrisy! Hamas was elected by the Palestinians last January not because Palestinian voters are a bunch of terrorists, but because the opposition party, Fatah, had failed to recover occupied territory from Tel Aviv via the fraudulent "Oslo Peace Process". In addition, Fatah had become a corrupt political entity. You may vaguely recall in January that G.W. Bush said that Fatah was corrupt, and this was the reason why Hamas had won the election. A broken clock and a village idiot will be accurate once a day. In any event, Hamas won the election. See the story below.

Immediately, the White House and the EU went into action to destabilize the newly elected Hamas-led Palestinian government. For the EU, this is a disgrace. Europeans love to lambaste Bush for acting like the fool that he is, but at the same time European governments still toady to Washington, which in turn is toadying to Tel Aviv. For Washington, it is business as usual, in tandem with the Israel Lobby.

Remember at all times that the Palestinians are living under military occupation. Among other things, this means that the Palestinians do not collect their own taxes. The taxes of the Palestinians are collected by the Occupying Power--the war criminals in Tel Aviv. These yahoos have refused to turn over tax proceeds to the Palestinians since the election of Hamas. Democracy in action, Israeli style--you gotta love it.

Meanwhile, in Washington on Thursday G.W. gave the Medal of Freedom to a Russian Jew, Natan Sharansky. After landing in Palestine from Russia, and becoming an instant citizen of "the Jewish State", refusenik Sharansky began advocating the wholesale expulsion of whatever Palestinians were left in Palestine. The fact that their ancestors had dwelt in Palestine well over a thousand years is of no consequence to a Zionist charlatan like Sharansky. So the gentleman receives a medal from Bush. Follow the money in Washington. Bribery and stupidity are the only two credible explanations for this sorry state of affairs.

Bush signs bill denying aid
to Hamas-led authority

Thursday, December 21, 2006 7:21 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Thursday signed into law legislation restricting aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority until it recognizes Israel's right to exist, makes financial reforms and takes other steps.

The United States, the European Union and others regard Hamas as a terrorist group and have already cut off direct aid to the government. Hamas rose to power in parliament after defeating the Fatah party in January. The ban has crushed the government's ability to function and the Palestinian economy.

The United States and others have demanded Hamas agree to past Israeli-Palestinian accords, renounce violence and recognize Israel before ending the boycott. "This legislation reflects our continued concern over the failure of the current government to renounce violence and terror, recognize Israel and respect its previous agreements and obligations," a White House official said.

The new law Bush signed on Thursday does permit the continued flow of humanitarian aid for Palestinians and groups not linked to Hamas, like Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party. Abbas last week called for early presidential and parliamentary elections to try to break the deadlock between factions of the government.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an interview with Reuters last week said the administration would seek more money from Congress to strengthen Abbas' security forces to ensure he wins any power battle with Hamas.

"We will continue to work with moderate Palestinians as we advance toward our shared goal of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security," the official said, declining further identification. Bush has been under pressure from Congress and abroad to revive the long-stalled Arab-Israeli peace process.

© Reuters 2006