26 June 2007

Buying the Enemy Bullets

As an example of what providing funding to unsavory (read: terrorist) parties buys the American taxpayer, here’s a snippet from a Spiegel Online interview with Mahmoud Zahar – the article describes him as, “a founder of Hamas, and one of its most militant hardliners -- has called for an Islamic state in the Gaza Strip. After the Hamas takeover of the territory last week, he's also threatened Fatah with more violence in the West Bank.”

The following Q&A was featured on Fox News’ Special Report and shows exactly where foreign “aid” goes once it lands in Palestinian terrorist-politician hands.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: The militant wings of Fatah and Hamas have been fully armed over the last few months. Are these weapons still in circulation?

Zahar: There are naturally very many weapons around now. Two years ago, one bullet in Gaza cost around €3.50 -- now it would cost 35 cents. The American aid money has been translated into weapons. Thank you, America!

How good is it that aid money has gone to make bullets cheap in Gaza? But could any other outcome be expected? Only the blindly foolish would think that money poured into the militant cesspool that is the Palestinian territories (Gaza and the West Bank) would go for anything other than to fund violence.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Isn't such a large number of weapons in the hands of militias -- some controllable, some not -- a huge security risk? What would happen if splinter groups started to shoot at each other?

Zahar: So far we haven't confiscated any weapons. If there are problems with splinter groups, we will disarm them and take the weapons for ourselves.

And do what with those weapons, Mr. Zahar? I’ll give readers one guess – there are two correct answers.

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