Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Evidence that we cannot be all that serious about achieving peace in the Middle East

Terrific. We're exporting porkulus to the Middle East.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered aid on Tuesday to boost ties with the Muslim world and urged Israel, the Palestinians and Arab countries to move beyond recrimination in the search for peace.

"We are determined and persistent in the pursuit of that goal," she said in a speech at a development forum in Morocco attended by Arab ministers.

The programmes Clinton announced on Tuesday include a $76 million project to boost economic opportunities in Yemen, a $30 million project for vulnerable young people in Jordan and an entrepreneurship summit in Washington next year to bring Muslim innovators together with U.S. business leaders.

Taken together the new package pales in comparison to the billions of dollars in aid that Washington extends to governments in the region, including both Israel and Egypt.

(italics ours)

True. By current standards, $30 million is a mere pittance but why in the hell is it going to an Gulf oil state?

Exit question: Precisely what was it about spilling American blood and treasure in Somalia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, all on behalf of rank and file Muslims, that would not in itself qualify as “aid to boost ties with the Muslim world”?

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