Bad Money After Worse

Talk about throwing good money after bad. The International Herald Tribune reports that Team Obama plans to send $900 million to Gaza:

In an early sign of how the administration plans to deal with Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls Gaza, an official said that the aid would not go to Hamas but would be funneled through nongovernmental organizations.

Being unreasonably optimistic, let’s presume all of this money goes to “the citizens” and not a dime lines the pockets of Hamas leaders and “security forces.” Would that in any way address the underlying issue that Hamas still enjoys broad support throughout Palestine? We know that civilians are used as shields, willingly or no, and that the line between who’s a soldier and who’s not often depends on whether Western cameras are around. Will the lives of Palestinians be improved by our tax dollars?

Doubt it. Best case scenario, the millions we send to Gaza will go where they are needed… and Hamas will be free to go about their business of tunneling, smuggling, and rocket attacks, little inconvenienced over the suffering they’ve caused their fellow citizens. Palestinians will go right on hating Israel and her allies, and President Obama will be another billion dollars away from this balanced budget we’re going to be taxed out the wazoo for.

This makes me wonder what I’d have to do for a few million bucks. If I trashed my house, terrorized my neighbors, and whined non-stop about how cruelly victimized I am, think that’d do it? Maybe I should start an unsustainable business, or make lots of awful investment decisions. Yes indeed, things are looking up here in the land of opportunity! Until someone has to pay for it…

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