Tuesday, March 22, 2005

"You simply have to accept the fact that we are all corrupt."

Who said this? It was charm personified, Abu Mazen, to a senior UN official in 1996 about the state of affairs. Caroline Glick has a great column in the Jerusalem Post where she brings much of the corruption in the PA to light. She talks about how so many PA officials (seems like at least a hundred or so) get new cars, chauffeurs as well as disbursements for gas and insurance, etc. And this was just one tiny example of their corruption. She brings this up in an effort to thank Tom Delay for forcing a discussion about something everyone has avoided until now:

Does the Palestinian Authority need financial assistance?

If it got to the 80% of Gazans who live below Third World poverty levels, perhaps, but we all know it doesn't. Glick makes it clear that the corruption is widespread. Of course we knew it was more than just Arafat and his accountant. But why do we need to continue to fund it? Especially since we know where that money will go.

Even today Fatah terrorists are paid salaries from the PA. Abbas now wants to extend the terrorist support program by putting Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists on the PA payroll as part of his much-vaunted "reform" program.

Given the PA's endemic corruption – from petty theft to grand larceny – and the fact that much of the stolen monies have gone to financing terrorism, both the Palestinian people and the Israeli people owe a debt of gratitude to DeLay for his efforts over the past several weeks which prevented the transfer of $200 million in direct American government payments to the PA.

Granted I don't agree with much that Tom DeLay has to say, I do appreciate his going against the peace-drunk folks who feel they need to let Mazen have some control over the money to "prop him up" -- to empower him. We all know what he's really about.


At 5:54 AM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

NUTS! ... I thought it was John "The 'Real' Manchurian Candidate" McStain ... ;)

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

Is this peace process just a illusion? It sort of feels like it. I am looking for wholesale change. Why isn't America and the world communtiy demanding it?

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Esther said...


GREAT question, gindy. One I'd sure like to know the answer to!

At 4:49 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

I have zero faith in Arafat 2 and the Palestinian Arabs. I don't like having to say that, but neither have a track record to inspire hope in the long-term. Arik the Bulldozer may have a trick or two up his sleeve, though.

I don't even bother hoping that the world community will show anything resembling an evenhanded approach to this conflict. They too have a track record of anti-Israel sentiment and action.

The U.S. plays realpolitik all the time when it comes to the Palestinian Authority. I'd say that much of it has to do with Saudi pressure on the State Department and a foolish notion of not wanting to appear anti-Arab or anti-Islam—as if the Arab/Muslim world will respect anything we do. The whole world knows that we are going to stand by Israel no matter right, and State is forever directing the President to make tacit apologies for this. It's actually kind of shameful, I'd say. Ridding ourselves of the need for cheap Saudi crude would be a step in the right direction regarding this matter.

Abu Mazen is a duplicitous reprobate, like his predecessor, but he's wily and shrewd. I wouldn't expect much out of him. He knows he'd be walking around with a red dot on his head if he made genuine efforts to reach a reasonable solution with Israel. We'll see how it goes, but I'm not hopeful about his supposed commitment to peace.

At 11:57 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"Arafat 2" is what he is sounding more like everyday.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Esther said...

patrick -- great points and i agree with all of them.

I couldn't agree more, gindy.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Does the Palestinian Authority need financial assistance?

They Palestinians, maybe. Their Authorities, forgedaboutit.


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