Priorities, priorities

Jeff Treesh
It is reassuring to know that in times of economic hardships that are affecting every member of American society, our administration has its priorities in order. Rising gas prices, business failures, and shoddy leadership are apparently not as much of a priority as financing the Islamists, as this week the administration was very happy to do. And yes, he shared our wealth.

First we have Mali, where the military stormed media and government buildings in a coup this week, sealing the borders, arresting top ministers and a current manhunt that is now under way for the MIA president.  While this one has yet to fully play out, as reported by Reuters and ahramonline, we're not going to be cutting the $140 million in annual financing anytime soon.

Not to be outdone, the perpetual whiners for free money, the Palestinians, were rewarded with $88.6 million this week for humanitarian purposes. Representative Kay Granger announced she was ready for the entire $147 million in U.S. assistance that had been frozen since August to go to the Palestinians. But the other Republican who had a "hold" on the funds, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, limited the release to $88.6 million, saying in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was all she was willing to free up.  It's so reassuring knowing the salaries of convicted terrorists in and out of Israeli jails will still be paid, and that they will be able to continue on their campaign of delegitimizing Israel as they plot to tear the Jewish state apart.

But the real icing on the proverbial cake this week was the release of $1.3 billion in annual military aid for Egypt that (according to the administration) will avert a disruption in arms sales that might have cost thousands of U.S. jobs and as much as $2 billion in contracting penalties for the U.S. government.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, invoking U.S. national security interests, used her authority to waive congressional conditions on the aid that require Egypt to demonstrate democratic progress. Her decision, assailed by human rights advocates, also took account of domestic factors that are important in an election year. But what our money is really buying in Egypt is the sickening part, the part the administration failed to mention. From Al-Ahram weekly:

A highly controversial draft law proposed by MP Adel Azzazi, who represents the ultra- conservative Salafist Nour Party, and which suggests the application of haraba Islamic law to help deter theft and murder, has been the issue of a heated debate over the past week.

The haraba, according to Azzazi's proposed bill, implies imposing penalties including execution in cases of murder and the cutting off of one arm and one leg from opposite sides of the body of a thug who proves guilty of robbery and forcibly taking of property. If the robbery involves murder then the accused will receive a death penalty or be crucified, to be left for the judge to decide. Those who intimidate citizens, according to the bill, should also face imprisonment that will last until those found guilty declare repentance.

The penalties, according to the bill, will only be applied to adults who are mentally sound and are either directly or indirectly involved in the crimes.

We're not even going to get into the Billions and billions were eagerly providing to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Iraq, and last I checked none of them like us either.

I am so glad in these troubled times, where we are all suffering to some degree, and many don't know if we will have enough fuel to make it to the store to try to buy food, to eat in the house we're losing in foreclosure to another failed bank, that no matter what, come hell or high water, our Jizya will always be paid on time by the dhimmis in charge at 1600.

It is reassuring to know that in times of economic hardships that are affecting every member of American society, our administration has its priorities in order. Rising gas prices, business failures, and shoddy leadership are apparently not as much of a priority as financing the Islamists, as this week the administration was very happy to do. And yes, he shared our wealth.

First we have Mali, where the military stormed media and government buildings in a coup this week, sealing the borders, arresting top ministers and a current manhunt that is now under way for the MIA president.  While this one has yet to fully play out, as reported by Reuters and ahramonline, we're not going to be cutting the $140 million in annual financing anytime soon.

Not to be outdone, the perpetual whiners for free money, the Palestinians, were rewarded with $88.6 million this week for humanitarian purposes. Representative Kay Granger announced she was ready for the entire $147 million in U.S. assistance that had been frozen since August to go to the Palestinians. But the other Republican who had a "hold" on the funds, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, limited the release to $88.6 million, saying in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was all she was willing to free up.  It's so reassuring knowing the salaries of convicted terrorists in and out of Israeli jails will still be paid, and that they will be able to continue on their campaign of delegitimizing Israel as they plot to tear the Jewish state apart.

But the real icing on the proverbial cake this week was the release of $1.3 billion in annual military aid for Egypt that (according to the administration) will avert a disruption in arms sales that might have cost thousands of U.S. jobs and as much as $2 billion in contracting penalties for the U.S. government.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, invoking U.S. national security interests, used her authority to waive congressional conditions on the aid that require Egypt to demonstrate democratic progress. Her decision, assailed by human rights advocates, also took account of domestic factors that are important in an election year. But what our money is really buying in Egypt is the sickening part, the part the administration failed to mention. From Al-Ahram weekly:

A highly controversial draft law proposed by MP Adel Azzazi, who represents the ultra- conservative Salafist Nour Party, and which suggests the application of haraba Islamic law to help deter theft and murder, has been the issue of a heated debate over the past week.

The haraba, according to Azzazi's proposed bill, implies imposing penalties including execution in cases of murder and the cutting off of one arm and one leg from opposite sides of the body of a thug who proves guilty of robbery and forcibly taking of property. If the robbery involves murder then the accused will receive a death penalty or be crucified, to be left for the judge to decide. Those who intimidate citizens, according to the bill, should also face imprisonment that will last until those found guilty declare repentance.

The penalties, according to the bill, will only be applied to adults who are mentally sound and are either directly or indirectly involved in the crimes.

We're not even going to get into the Billions and billions were eagerly providing to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Iraq, and last I checked none of them like us either.

I am so glad in these troubled times, where we are all suffering to some degree, and many don't know if we will have enough fuel to make it to the store to try to buy food, to eat in the house we're losing in foreclosure to another failed bank, that no matter what, come hell or high water, our Jizya will always be paid on time by the dhimmis in charge at 1600.