August 22, 2007, - 12:25 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember the gazillions in your tax money that President Bush sent to our “preferred” terrorists in Fatah, last month and before?
Well, guess where your money is now going?
Associated Press reports that Fatah is paying Palestinians in Gaza not to work. How dumb is that? If I’m a HAMAS operative who wants to hurt Fatah. I’ll pretend I’m an impartial, poor Palestinian and take Fatah’s money. So will many others. Yup, your tax money is going straight into HAMAS’ hands. Thanks, President Bush. LOOOOVE your “peaceful” terrorists and your wasteful aid to them. Guh-reat job. Ditto for your magical “democracy” plan for barbarians. It’s working so well.
Gaza’s public employees are getting paid on one condition: Stay home.
Such is the irony of life in the Gaza Strip now that Hamas militants are firmly in charge. A rival pro-Western [DS: “pro-western”?! PUH-LEEEEEEEZE] government in the West Bank is delivering salaries to most of Gaza’s civil servants as long as they don’t work.
The moderate [DS: “moderate”?! like pizza is “moderately” fattening] Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t want its money propping up Hamas, which violently seized control of Gaza in June. But neither does it want to punish Gaza’s mostly pro-Fatah 90,000 civil servants whose salaries form the backbone of the already badly bruised economy.
The result is a lot of inactivity. And many fearful for their safety in a Hamas-dominated land aren’t pleased about their holiday from work.
Abu Samer, a former security official in the prime minister’s office, spends his days channel surfing and Internet browsing in search of news that might offer hope that Hamas’ rule could be short-lived. [DS: Wow. American money paying for a fun internet-browsing vacation for terrorists. Excellent.]
Mustafa, a senior police detective until Hamas’ takeover, plays cards and watches TV much of the day and says he’s “very bored.” [DS: Your tax dollars at work. Just terrif.]
Abu Osama, a Fatah-allied out-of-work border official, says that since Hamas’ takeover he’s gone from smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day to two. . . .
Gaza’s beaches are packed these days, especially at night. Many out-of-work civil servants have taken to hanging out at the beach until the wee hours of the morning then sleeping until late in the afternoon to avoid daytime boredom. [DS: American tax-funded beach vacation in Gaza. Absurd.] . . .
The money has provided a lifeline for the impoverished strip, however. And some observers wonder whether it might prolong Hamas’ hold on power, by letting some of the steam out of the Gaza pressure cooker.
Like I said, our tax money is propping up HAMAS, ultimately. Ridiculous.
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