Sorry everyone about the lack of posts; I’ve been really busy. I want to let you know, and this is in all seriousnous that because of the lack of time that I have, expect these sorts of gaps between posts (plus nothing much has really been happening politically). Two things, first, a really cool new device from the IDF.
A new IDF automatic fire system was installed Monday in the Netiv Ha’asara neighborhood which will enable the army to fire at Palestinian gunmen near border fence without the need to deploy manpower.
The system, which was installed in a number of locations in the Gaza periphery, can be activated by soldiers located at an observation post outside the Gaza Strip.
I am hoping that it looks something like the automatic machine guns guarding the doors to the main command area in the movie Aliens, that would be awesome.
The second thing is about the blunders that the U.S. government have been making in the Israel/Arab conflict. I am talking about the aide given to the ‘moderate’ Fatah leader, Abu Mazen. Hat tip to FrontPage.
For the first time, the Bush Administration plans to give $150 million in cash directly to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Treasury, as part of a $496.5 million “aid” package, including $410 million for development programs. This added to the $86.5 million for CIA “security training”, which Congress authorized in April 2007.
What the..? Um, lets go back a bit in time, this is the same organisation a few years ago under the leadership of Arafat which either put that aide money into their (the leaders of that organisation) own personal bank accounts or used it to help fund the 2nd Intifada.
The CIA has apparently assumed the Palestinian terrorist-training role previously held by the former Soviet Union. Since 1994, the CIA armed and trained thousands of Palestinian “security forces”, who subsequently joined every Palestinian terrorist organization.
CIA Palestinian training success is best described by a member of the PA’s Chairman own security unit – Force 17, officer Abu Yusef: “The operations of the Palestinian resistance would [not] have been so successful and “would not have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000, and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without [American military] trainings,” he boasted in August 2007.
Which now begs the question, exactly why in the first place, are we even trying to negotiate peace with these thugs, let alone give them lots of money???
Since the Oslo Accords, the PA received some $14 billion to $20 billion in international aid, according to a 2007 Funding for Peace Coalition (FPC) report to the British Parliament. [emphasis added] Each Palestinian received $4,000 to $8,000 per year. In comparison, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), provided $1 billion in humanitarian aid for 2.5 million Darfur refugees from 2003 to 2006 – only $100 per person annually. Moreover, of the $7 billion pledged international aid, only $5 billion were spent to assist more than 5 million Tsunami victims in more than 15 countries on two continents.
The PA received “the highest per capita aid transfer in the history of foreign aid anywhere”, [emphasis added] according to former World Bank country director for Gaza and the West Bank, Nigel Roberts.
People continue to talk about negotiating peace with Abbas. Bush, Rice and Olmert are forever telling us that Fatah is the moderate party here and that we should keep trying. To that, I say bullshit.
Like Muslim Brotherhood, Marxist–trained Jihadist Arafat, neither does Abbas “recognize that confronting terror is essential to achieving a state where his people can live in dignity and at peace with Israel,” as President Bush declared.
Abbas remains committed to the organization’s raison d’etre – destroying Israel and expelling the Jewish people from the region. Despite public Fatah-Hamas leadership disagreements, branding one another “murderers and thieves”, Abbas arranged on Jan. 30 to give Hamas $3.1 billion of $7.7 billion that international donor community pledged last December in Paris.
Look at that, even though there was a civil war, they still support and give aide to each other. Its just another logical reason why negotiation at the moment is useless and downright stupid.
Abbas’ support for Hamas is not new. In Feb. 2007, He announced, “We must unite the Hamas and Fatah blood in the struggle against Israel as we did at the beginning of the intifada.” He stated this en route to Mecca to meet with the Saudi King, and Hamas terror chiefs Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh. The Saudis pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in “humanitarian aid” – which, like previous pledges, they failed to deliver.