Saturday, May 13, 2006

Palestinian fund-raiser

The Arab News reports that around 5,000 Palestinians donated cash and jewelry to raise money for the cash-starved Hamas government. The article makes no mention of how much money was raised.

Hamas has been hurting for funds after western governments pinned continued financial support on the condition that Hamas recognize Israel's right to exist. The Palestinian sense of entitlement to foreign aid is made jaw-droppingly evident in this statement by former Nablus mayor Bassam Al-Shaqaa:
“These donations are our way of telling the world that we can live without them, and our children are paying what the Europeans should be paying." [emphasis mine --ed.]
The left loves to deride the Bush administration for promoting democracy in the Middle East, then undermining democratically-elected governments it finds not to its liking. The reality is that western governments are merely letting the Palestinian people live with the consequences of creating their own monster.

Buddy, can you spare a Timex?


dizzyfatplonka said...

So they should, let them have things the way they want, they love to hate the west at our expence. Let them hate us at their own expence.

Eric said...

Exactly...they made their bed, now they can lay in it.