Saturday, August 20, 2005

I'm Torn, or Why John Bolton is My Hero (of the moment)

I find myself torn on something. I am not a John Bolton supporter for the position of UN Ambassador for our country. To me this is kind of like using dynamite to remove an ant hill. But on Thursday August 18, 2005 Mr. Bolton said that funds provided to the Palestinian Authority under the United Nations Development Program that had been used to produce a grouping of propaganda items aimed at 'future' Israeli withdrawls was "inappropriate and unacceptable."

I tend to agree as they produced bumper stickers, posters, T-shirts and mugs with the slogan Today Gaza, Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem. This seems to be a wildly in appropriate use of the funds supplied by the UN to help the Palestinian Authority to communicate with its' citizens information surrounding the withdrawl from Gaza.

Timothy Rothermel, was quoted by Fox News as saying that the slogan is "consistent with the relevant U.N. resolutions and Security Council resolutions about the status of Palestine." Why is it that morons like this some how end up in positions like this. The slogans are not with in the bounds of what the money was to be used for, and several of Mr. Rothermel's superiors have said as much.

The article also had this lovely little quote by a leader of Hamas "Gaza is the first liberation, then comes the West Bank, then every inch of Palestinian land," Khaled Meshaal said. "We are at the beginning of the road, and we have not and will not give up our weapons. The battle is not over." Which Reuters report was said in front of a sign reading "Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem"

The article also has some responses from American Jewish and Israeli leaders.

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