January 23, 2006, - 2:17 pm

OUTRAGE: Your Tax $s Fund Bush’s “Preferred” Islamic Terrorists

By Debbie Schlussel
In November, we wrote about your tax dollars funding a Palestinian Authority soap opera during Ramadan (“Desperate Hijab-encrusted Housewives”?).
Now, your tax dollars are going for an even “more noble” effort in the Palestinian Authority. You are funding MILLIONS ($2 MILLION to be exact) in campaign funds for terrorist group Fatah’s campaign in the Palestinian elections.
This is an outrage. Fatah was Yasser Arafat’s group. It has lots of blood on its hands, including the blood of two U.S. diplomats to Sudan–Cleo Noel and George Curtis Moore, tortured and beaten so badly to death that authorities could not tell which was the White man and which was Black. (Moore was the highest ranking Black U.S. foreign service officer at the time, serving as our Charge D’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Sudan.)

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No Difference: Bush-Preferred Fatah Terrorist vs. HAMAS Terrorist

Fatah won’t denounce terror. Its Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is responsible for a plethora of homicide bombings. So WHY are we funding their election campaign?
The absurd State Department, which runs the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID–which pays for the campaign and also paid for the soap opera), believes that HAMAS is a “more extreme” terrorist group. And since Fatah is Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is part of terrorist group Fatah, well, then, we must support that terrorist group.
Sound logical to you? Me neither. Look at the pictures above. Do you see anything other than clothing color that makes one terrorist look like a more worthy guy? What ever happened to President Bush’s utterance of “Your either on our side or the terrorists’ side.” Now, he, his State Department, and–by force of taxes–we are all on the terrorists’ side. How nice.
And some people want Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for President?
***UPDATE: One of these Fatah candidates, whose campaign WE ARE FUNDING, is named “Hitler” and is a member of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. How cute: We are funding Hitler’s campaign for office. Your tax dollars at work.

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Debbie, you just touched one of those “third rails” in GOP circles, and I must say I share some real concerns about Secretary Rice. I keep waiting for evidence of her supposed brilliance and awe-inspiring leadership. Still waiting, and remaining hopeful…

SallyVee on January 23, 2006 at 3:41 pm

What would be preferable to elections in the occupied territories? Ethnically cleansing the West Bank of all Palestinians?
Also what’s the difference between supporting Palestinian election and supporting the elections in Iraq, which also go to predominantly Islamic parties?
IF THE PALESTINIANS CANNOT COME UP WITH POLITICAL PARTIES THAT DO NOT DOUBLE AS TERRORIST GROUPS, THEY DESERVE NEITHER ELECTIONS, NOR LAND, NOR A STATE. ELECTIONS ARE NOT A PANACEA FOR EVERYTHING. FOR ONCE, I AGREE WITH PAT BUCHANAN–THAT DEMOCRACY IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS IN THE MID-EAST. IT WILL CREATE MORE PROBLEMS. IT’S NOT THE CIVILIZED, TOLERANT MID-WEST. IF THEY HAD ELECTIONS IN SAUDI ARABIA, BIN LADEN WOULD WIN OVERWHELMINGLY. WHY DO YOU THINK WE SUPPORT THE SAUDI MONARCHY? WE KNOW WHAT THE “DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED” ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE. WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY IS NOT MUCH OF AN IMPROVEMENT ON THAT.
THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM PARTIES. IT’S ABOUT TERRORIST PARTIES. HOW MANY OF THOSE WERE IN THE IRAQI ELECTIONS?
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

resro on January 23, 2006 at 3:49 pm

Excellent and difficult questions from Resro. Once we charted the course toward a Palestinian state, it seems we decided to throw out all ethics and standards… the end will justify the means. Although a functioning, sovereign nation may be a desirable goal, getting there without distinguishing between terrorists and genuine reformers will yield an artificial result in my opinion. And now that the U.S. is trying to manipulate the outcome by throwing $2 million at it, it becomes even more of a farce.

SallyVee on January 23, 2006 at 4:23 pm

I don’t agree with everything Dr. Rice has done, but I prefer her style of leadership to her predecessor’s. Her speech last week at Georgetown was notification of a long-overdue keelhaul of Foggy Bottom:
http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2006/01/transformational-diplomacy.html
I don’t think her speech got much coverage. OTOH, one of my commenters has a link to the whole thing at the dot-gov site.
Hamas is going to win the “elections” in that anarchic sink hole we refer to as Palestine. With that in mind, they’re paying big bucks to some PR firm for a make-over. Could be they want to play government for awhile, since the EU suspended payments to the PA because of the chaos. Hamas figures they’ve got a chance at the EU money if they play nice for awhile — and if you don’t look behind the curtain.
Someone sent me a picture from of a P.A. security guy, waiting in line to vote. Talk about a Hitler image: look at the hat–
http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2006/01/hitlers-spiritual-heir-dons-his-hat.html
I agree with your premise that the ME doesn’t do democracy, but I don’t see another way to cut the Gordian knot of feudalism that we’re stuck with thanks to petroleum’s power.

Dymphna on January 23, 2006 at 5:26 pm

THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM PARTIES. IT’S ABOUT TERRORIST PARTIES. HOW MANY OF THOSE WERE IN THE IRAQI ELECTIONS?
I am not sure how much the Hakim/Sistani led Shitte Islamic parties in Iran differ from the Iranian Ayotullahs ideology when it comes to Israel/West. They are of course different from the PLO because Saddam wont let their leaders stay in the country while PLO had way more autonomy to operate.
Once they can solidify their hold on power, they will have exactly the same stance towards Israel/supporting terrorist groups against Israel that Ahmednijad and the ruling Ayotullahs in Iran have.

lawman on January 23, 2006 at 7:20 pm

Debbie, we the USA can’t fight them all at the same time. How many moslems are there, a couple of billion? How many moslem countries have some kind of stake in terrorism, all of them? I believe the president knows this so he is forced to temporize while hoping for Islam to morph into something that is a lot less violent. Really is there another choice?

czekmark` on January 23, 2006 at 8:38 pm

I’m a big fan of Pat Buchanan when he’s not reverting to his misguided nostalgia for the America Firsters. He sort of reminds me of the conservatives back in the old country who are dedicated patriots but sometimes cling on to anti-Semitism like a security blanket. Some of his isolationism goes beyond protecting the fortress into head-in-the-sand territory. But despite his glaring weaknesses, he often brings up good points that others won’t.
Dr. Rice’s approach, which I strongly disagree with, is to support Fatah simply because she feels Hamas would be even more of a threat. This is a disaster of course, but certainly not one done out of malice toward Israel or the West. I suppose that’s the one thing her foreign policy has in common with Buchanan’s, is that it’s seriously flawed on many levels but unlike that of the Left, not treasonous or ill-intentioned.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 23, 2006 at 9:20 pm

Condi Rice has probably only read a Karen Armstrong or John Esposito book on Islam. She has certainly never cracked open a Koran. I would never vote for her as a President. Know your enemy. Isn’t that taught at that fancy GWU foreign service program? Not if your enemy is Islam.

John Sobieski on January 23, 2006 at 11:02 pm

Here is a link to Buchanan’s column explaining why democracy in the Muslim world would be a disaster. Like I said, some of his stuff warrants rolling of the eyes at best but a lot of it is very on point. This one falls in the second category, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it:
http://www.theamericancause.org/a-pjb-050502-democracy.htm
I would also recommend his book “Death of the West” but not his books on isolationism. He’s kind of a sad case this guy, a very smart man but like he’s like a pit bull who doesn’t want friends and loves having enemies.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 24, 2006 at 1:13 am

Palestinian People to the World: "What can we say? We're some FIESTY sumbitches, ain't we?"

From CNN:The Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas, which has said it favors the destruction of Israel, won an apparent victory in Palestinian legislative elections, officials said Thursday, reshaping the political landscape of the Middle East. "W…

protein wisdom on January 26, 2006 at 2:19 pm

The Palestinians have freely elected a terrorist organization of global reach who’s charter calls for all Jews to be killed. We can no longer fund the development of a Palestinian state or allow our UN contributions to be used for that purpose. If you agree – please sign the petition at:
http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/Stop_Hamas

Ground State on January 27, 2006 at 5:09 pm

OUTRAGE: Your Tax $s Fund Bush’s “Preferred” Islamic Terrorists <—Nooooooooo! It’s all conspiracy theory. Bush wouldn’t support terrorists. The Democrats, maybe, and the ACLU but not Bush
Also:
And some people want Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for President?
The Republicans do, over Hillary. I don’t want Hillary and I’m a Democrat

KOAJaps on January 27, 2006 at 5:57 pm

Debbie, you just touched one of those “third rails” in GOP circles, and I must say I share some real concerns about Secretary Rice. I keep waiting for evidence of her supposed brilliance and awe-inspiring leadership. Still waiting, and remaining hopeful…
Posted by: SallyVee at January 23, 2006 03:41 PM
This is what true Republicans think. But that third rail isn’t just the GOP but the http://www.DLC.org also

KOAJaps on January 27, 2006 at 5:59 pm

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