Sunday, January 29, 2006
Condi to Hamas - "No Soup For You!"
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cut short her latest shoe-shopping spree to issue the expected warning to the unexpected victors in last week's Palestinian elections, the group Hamas. Yahoo News AP wire excerpt:
LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday ruled out any American financial aid to a Hamas government in the Palestinian territories and said Washington wants Arab nations and others to cut off money as well.
Humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, many of whom are poor and unemployed, is likely on a "case-by-case basis," Rice said. She indicated that the Bush administration would follow through on aid promised to the current, U.S.-backed Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas.
"The United States is not prepared to fund an organization that advocates the destruction of Israel, that advocates violence and that refuses its obligations," under an international framework for eventual Mideast peace, Rice said.
Hamas' unexpected electoral victory raised questions about the future of the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel, and how the United States can influence such efforts or help impoverished Palestinians.
This election clearly caught Preznit Flight Suit Fantasy and his crew completely by surprise. Now, this tragically inept administration must pretend that the ideals of democracy have been displayed, even though this result is definitely not the outcome they desired. Once again, Preznit FSF's deluded prediction about a free Iraq being a springboard for western-style democracy has proven as accurate as his other equally deluded predictions.
So now that the "wrong" winner has apparently emerged, it would be easy to say that our actions in Iraq helped bring about this result. But for all I know, this was what these neocon trolls wanted all along, just to have a convenient excuse to start some shit in Iran or Syria. Question for Dennis Miller: Are you still happy that you voted for the checkers-playing gargoyle over the chess-playing clear-thinker?