Sunday, January 29, 2006

A Glimpse of Sanity from the Detroit News

I know I'm not supposed to, but this is the entire editorial from the Detroit News.
T he United States cannot possibly continue to send financial assistance to the Palestinians now that they've chosen terrorists to lead them.

The Hamas terrorist organization prevailed in last week's balloting and will lead the new government of the Palestinian Authority.

That should put an end to all aid, both direct and indirect, from the United States, as well as from all other countries committed to the war on terror.

Last year, America sent $50 million to the Palestinian Authority and had pledged to increase that to $150 million this year, with an additional $84 million funneled through the United Nations. President Bush has said assistance would increase as the Palestinians embraced democratic reforms and ended attacks on Israel.

But the Paletinians have chosen a different direction. It can expect to suffer the consequences.

Hamas, with 217 terrorist attacks on Israel to its credit, is listed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist group. It would send an unacceptable message to put money in the hands of those terrorists.

In truth, it was hypocritical of the United States to send money to the Palestinians while they were harboring and encouraging terrorists.

Bush says financial support is under review. There's no need for review -- the White House knows very well what Hamas is and what it's done.

If the president doesn't yank the aid immediately, Congress should.
There it is, short and refreshingly sweet.

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