Friday, February 02, 2007

U.S. Warmakers Have Eye on Palestinian Territories

The U.S. State department is targeting Hamas for violent confrontation by asking Congress to give $86 million to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah security forces. This marks the evolution of a year’s strategies in the region. 2006 began with a surprise as Hamas candidates won free and democratic elections. The U.S. promptly ignored the people’s choice by declaring it would not work with a terrorist group (despite advice to the contrary from our Middle Eastern allies).

As the Palestinians have long been under a siege mentality, they endured the U.S. and Israeli withholding of funds. When “shock & embargo” did not work, the warmakers in the State Department pulled out their carrots for violence. Major funds are likely headed to one side in another American sponsored Middle Eastern civil war.

I want none of my tax dollars going to our violent tampering in the region. “Speak stupidly and carry a big stick” doesn’t seem to be working, unless our aim is to turn the Middle East into a huge war zone?

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