Friday, February 20, 2015

20-Feb-15: US fears and our nightmares

Obama addresses CVE audience this week [Reuters screen shot]
Whether it's called a Violent Extremism problem ["18-Feb-15: Countering Vacuous Euphemisms"] or a global war to defend our societies against ideologically-driven terrorists, we're in the middle of something important enough for the United States to have convened a three-day White House summit conference this week. And to have asked leaders of 60-some invited countries to attend.

According to several media reports, the first of the principles enunciated by President Barack Obama was this:
Governments can and must act to dry up radical groups’ sources of funding [in Christian Science Monitor, "No religion is responsible for terror", today]
Among several worrying messages coming out of the White House gathering, we're concerned by the way the US is said to be fearful for the well-being of the Palestinian Authority according to an AFP report issued in the past hour:
US fears for cash-strapped Palestine | Agence France Presse | February 20, 2015 8:51 AM | The United States voiced fears that the Palestinian Authority may be teetering on the brink of collapse because of a lack of funding, as Israel withholds taxes and donor aid stalls. Washington has been in urgent talks with regional leaders as well as other stakeholders in the frozen Middle East peace process in a bid to try to release more funds. "It's true we're very concerned about the continued viability of the Palestinian Authority if they do not receive funds soon," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Such funds would include the resumption of monthly Israeli transfers of Palestinian tax revenues, or additional donor assistance, she said... But the Palestinian economy has also been hit by a slowing of aid funds, as donors have failed to make good on $5.4-billion promised at a Cairo conference in October to help rebuild the impoverished Gaza Strip after last year's 50-day war... Psaki warned that if the Palestinian Authority ceased security cooperation with Israel "or even decides to disband, as they have said they may do as early as the first week of March," it could trigger a dire situation.,, "Hundreds of thousands of students could be without teachers, hospitals could cease to function... The cost to both Palestinians and Israelis could be immense in both financial and human terms."
Not a word about how officials of the Palestinian Arab government under Mahmoud Abbas systematically compute and arrange payment of financial rewards for terrorists captured or killed by Israel - among a long list of other forms of foreign aid mismanagement. We posted on that here: "08-Feb-15: Foreign money and the Palestinian Arab terror it buys". Not for the first time, we referred to the colossal sums of foreign aid money that have been funneled into bottomless Palestinian Arab regime accounts (and almost never discussed publicly by diplomats and politicians of the countries supplying it) even while serious unchecked improprieties like those found in a recent European Union audit go on.

While Europe is the source of most of the cash that washes around in the ecosphere populated by Palestinian Authority insiders, it's not just Europe. The United States (as we pointed out here) shows unbearable and incomprehensible tolerance for the Abbas regime's passion (and Arafat's before it) for lionizing convicted murderers of Jews and placing them on pedestals. Anyone in doubt about that can click here: "14-Aug-13: Are the Palestinian Arab murderers who are being released at this moment, freedom fighters or terrorists? Let's check with the State Department".

We dream of the day when an indictment is issued connecting the organizations and the people - their names, their shames - with the evil that makes the Palestinian Arab empire of terror possible. 

Meanwhile we're preoccupied with a nightmarish scenario in which the spokesperson for the State Department says 
the long-term solution for dealing with Islamic State terrorists is to help them with economic opportunities — help them get jobs — saying that those who criticized that notion were perhaps not smart enough to understand [Washington Times]
and still has her job.

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