Monday, May 08, 2006


On February 26 of this year, I posted my reactions to an article written by former President Jimmy Carter about how Hamas was not a threat to anyone despite their election victory. Well, the Georgian Peanut Buddha is back at it again in the pages of the International Herald Tribune, claiming that the funding freeze Hamas is being subjected to amounts to illegally punishing the innocent.

Innocent Palestinian people are being treated like animals, with the presumption that they are guilty of some crime. Because they voted for candidates who are members of Hamas, the United States government has become the driving force behind an apparently effective scheme of depriving the general public of income, access to the outside world and the necessities of life.

Big frickin' whaaaah for the Palestinian technocrats and other assorted paper pushers. Where was Carter when Ward Churchill called the 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns" or "technocrats of the Empire" ?

(...) Regardless of these intricate and long-term political interrelationships, it is unconscionable for Israel, the United States and others under their influence to continue punishing the innocent and already persecuted people of Palestine. The Israelis are withholding approximately $55 million a month in taxes and customs duties that, without dispute, belong to the Palestinians. Although some Arab nations have allocated funds for humanitarian purposes to alleviate human suffering, the U.S. government is threatening the financial existence of any Jordanian or other bank that dares to transfer this assistance into Palestine.

The (gasp!) innocent people of Palestine? And (re-gasp!) persecuted too? Does the Ayatollah of Peanut Buttah mean the same group of innocent people who relinquished control of their destinies to a terrorist group who denies Israel's right to exist (and has more than once bloodily proven that they really mean it)? What his Peanut Butter Chunkiness obvioulsy mistakes for influence is merely taking note of the election results and of Hamas' victory, and acting in our best national interest, which is by the way NOT funding a bunch of people who danced in the streets when the planes hit on 9/11. It's not a question of illegally interfering with internal Palestinian affairs. It's a question of refusing to continue to feed the hand that flicks us the bird when it's not busy using suicide bombers to shred innocent Israelis (innocent as in "civilians"), or fometing left-wing support right here in the U.S. It's a question of doing to Palestinian authorities what Palestinian supporters in this country have advocated we do to to Israel for a long time, which is divest. So let's do it. Let's divest not from Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East, but from Palestine, a corrupt, incompetent regime at best, and a murderous, politically suicidal regime at worst (ever heard about "expect the worst while hoping for the best?").

It is almost a miracle that the Palestinians have been able to orchestrate three elections during the past 10 years, all of which have been honest, fair, strongly contested, without violence and with the results accepted by winners and losers. Among the 62 elections that have been monitored by us at the Carter Center, these are among the best in portraying the will of the people. One clear reason for the surprising Hamas victory for legislative seats was that the voters were in despair about prospects for peace. With American acquiescence, the Israelis had avoided any substantive peace talks for more than five years, regardless of who had been chosen to represent the Palestinian side as interlocutor.

The miracle is that Carter believes this. Would the Palestinians really have voted for anyone else that Arafat when he was still alive? How could they, when their fearless leader is the only one they knew? How could they, when their sheepish mentality leads them to follow anyone, as wind-baggish as he may sound, as long as he promises to both create a viable geo-politcal entity and push the despised Jews back into the sea? Things have gotten even worse since Arafat has been pushing bloody daisies, with Mahmoud Abbas proving himself to be a weak-wristed leader whose primary duty seems to be to stay in power by placating both sides in the conflict in a desperate game of obscene personal survival. Describing the Palestinian voters as misunderstood, homeless yet decent souls yearning for peace is even more insulting to one's intelligence after reading the Hamas Covenant, which is not exactly the ideological framework for peaceful negotiations with Israel, and which has not been renounced or even just modified. Further digging his own grave of smarmy moral relativism, Jimmy Carter himself admits, albeit unwillingly, that Palestinian financial management skills never were up to par:

The day after his party lost the election, Abbas told me that his own struggling government could not sustain itself financially with their daily lives and economy so severely disrupted, and access from Palestine to Israel and the outside world almost totally restricted. They were already $900 million in debt and had no way to meet the payroll for the following month. The additional restraints imposed on the new government are a planned and deliberate catastrophe for the citizens of the occupied territories, in hopes that Hamas will yield to the economic pressure.

Would it kill anyone to ask Abbas and his government to account for the money we're showering them with, for a change? $900 million in debt the day after the election (in other words, before we decided to tell them that the check would NOT be in the mail ?) Only some one like the Great Peanut Poobah himself, with his own sterling presidential economic record (note to Carter-adoring-tax-loving-Democrats: that was sarcasm!), could blissfully overlook such a number. What about changing the order of things, and demanding that Abbas and his democracy-illiterate cronies prove that they can organize a system of economic and political checks and balances BEFORE we give them the means to survive? No one made a peep when King Hussein of Jordan forcefully kicked the Palestinians out of his country because their population had grown so much that they tried to kill him and take over (Amman, the Jordanian capital, was surrounded by Jordanian troops and occupied by Palestinian gunmen in a battle that lasted for several that left about 400 dead). When Arabs fight amonst themselves, it practically becomes an internal matter, regardless of the situation; it's just a little tiff, nothing to see here, and anyway, how dare you judge us, you racist pigs? Throw Israel into the mix, and them we get the usual lopsided humanitarian bullcrap, such as "innocent" and "persecuted". For once that an Arab political entity had seemed to have achieved some kind of communion, as unholy as it may be, between its leadership and its people, it organized and defined itself along the most confrontational and nihilistic lines possible. Mr. Carter would be well served by understanding that the Palestinian idea is merely tolerated by the Arab world because it is a way for them to childishly respond to any justified accusations of wrongdoing. 9/11 ? Hear the Arab mouths scream "justified reaction to the plight of the Palestinian people". Oil prices used as a political tool ? "This is just business, not like what you are doing to the Palestinians!" Saddam giving 25 grand to the family of each Palestinian sucide bomber who goes boom ? "This is just a sign of their desperation! No tanks, no fighter jets, how are they supposed to resist and fight for their future?" What he pathetically disguises under the pretense of sappy humanistic feelings is the same capacity to lead by error, a dubious quality he learned when serving as a failed Commander-in-Chief whose was ultimately reponsible for Operation Eagle Claw. People died then. As a citizen, Mr. Carter luckily limits himself to the attempted killing of the last shred of common sense. Even now, he just can't shoot straight. Technorati : , ,


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