NYT: Aid embargo = more U.S. aid to Palestinians

posted at 12:07 am on March 21, 2007 by Allahpundit

That’s the lede but here’s the important part:

One side effect of the redirected aid, some officials said, is that while starvation has been avoided, institutions are withering and a culture of dependence is expanding

He added: “What we do know for sure is that Palestinians, and their economy and society, are becoming increasingly dependent on humanitarian handouts, and this dependency is growing fast. For a state in the making, I think this was a step backwards in 2006 and a cause for alarm.”…

Álvaro de Soto, the United Nations special envoy, says that because so much aid has been redirected to humanitarian purposes, development aid has dried up. “And by not engaging with government bodies that actually run Palestinian affairs, the international community has undercut its ability to promote the reform goals it advocates, to ensure that the Palestinian administration runs efficiently,” he said in an interview.

That’s a new one on me. I remember the sanctions on Iraq during the Saddam era being sold as a humane alternative to armed conflict. But it turned out it wasn’t humane enough because it caused too much hardship for Iraqi civilians, even though causing hardship was the whole point. So an exception was made for humanitarian aid in the form of Oil For Food, which ended up rescuing Saddam and becoming the clusterfark we all know and loathe today. We never reached the next stage — the “culture of dependency” lament — but I guess we’re there now with the Palestinians. And wouldn’t you know it, it seems the only “humane” solution available to us at this point is to engage and financially support the same terrorist government the embargo was designed to cripple.

It’ll be darkly amusing to see this same sequence play out with Iran if Russia and China come around on harsher sanctions. The left is all for economic warfare at the moment because it keeps the Bushitler’s revolver in his holster, but inflation in Tehran’s already at 20% and the oil infrastructure’s deteriorating. When the sanctions start to bite, every humanitarian voice will be lifted until we come full circle and end up being asked to prop up their regime instead of kill it.

Eh. One way or another, it’ll never get that far.

Exit question fun fact: Total foreign aid from all Arab countries to the Palestinians in 2006 = $400 million. Total budget surplus for Saudi Arabia in 2006 = $70.7 billion.

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Payin’ the jizya tax.

We give ’em cash ’cause we don’t want ’em to starve and they use that cash to buy American flags … and lighter fluid … and matches.


Tony737 on March 21, 2007 at 12:11 AM

I hear those fanny-pack bomb straps are expensive. They need help! Maybe Sean Penn can host a telethon. Rosie will be happy to host.

thedecider on March 21, 2007 at 12:38 AM

Not one penny more until they give up terrorism. Which means not one penny more.

ReubenJCogburn on March 21, 2007 at 3:01 AM

Funny how the world’s liberals always turn punishment into inhumane treatment. Apparently the parents of all these libs never heard of “time out” and practiced this on their lib kids.

lynnv on March 21, 2007 at 8:22 AM

because so much aid has been redirected to humanitarian purposes, development aid has dried up.

It’s a shame. What used to be the most educated, up-to-date segment of the Arab world has devolved to the level of most of the rest of the Arab world. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much development money to generate an economy that consists of men sitting around all day drinking strong coffee and bitching about how they’ve been screwed by the Joos. Another shining example of the dead end created by a self-understanding based on victimhood.

smellthecoffee on March 21, 2007 at 9:15 AM

“a culture of dependence is expanding…”

Hmmmm. Looks like the op-ed staff @ the nytimes has been hijack by conservative thought.

Somebody ought to alert the libs here in America of this obvious C & E.

PS: Your exit fun fact is typical of predominantly muslim countries toward their own. Re: indonesian tsunami aid.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 21, 2007 at 9:32 AM

Culture of dependence? Palestinians?

Does Brit Hume know about this story?

Enrique on March 21, 2007 at 10:35 AM

Wait. The welfare system has worked so well in our own country…surely we can figure out a way to export it and achieve the same results?

Oh. I see.

I got an education working on disaster relief after the tsunami in Indonesia. It doesn’t take long to totally wreck an economy with aid. Your average grocer (rice-seller, what have you) can’t survive very long with no sales, and if you hand out even a few week’s worth of food for everone in the community…boom. Plus the food that’s handed out ends up creating an instant black market which undersells the regular outlets as well. Not good.

I would guess the only real solution is to stop the humanitarian aid and switch immediately to solely offering development funds.

TexasDan on March 21, 2007 at 1:48 PM

Did I only imagine it that Bush campigned in 2000 for not giving foreign aid to enemies and make aid it dependent on actual reforms.

Resolute on March 21, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Hmm English

Didn’t he say foreign aid would be dependent on those countires making real reforms?

Resolute on March 21, 2007 at 6:41 PM