Sunday, August 27, 2006
Finally some common sense.
US Congressman Tom Lantos (d-CA) has announced his intention to put a hold on US aid to Lebanon unless UNIFIL patrols Syrian border..and unless Israel receives reconstruction aid from the Bush Administration.
"It would be singularly unfair and inequitable in the wake of this disaster to have aid flow to one party, which basically allowed the provocation, but not to the other victims," he said. "Lebanon will get help from Europe, the Arab world and the United States. And unless the United States provides some aid to Israel, Israel will not receive aid."
Lantos said that he would seek to prevent any funds going to Lebanon until it allowed for UNIFIL control of the Syria/Lebanon border.
"The international community must use all our available means to stiffen Lebanon's spine and convince the government of Lebanon to have the new UNIFIL troops deployed on the Syrian border in adequate numbers," he said. "To provide aid while allowing a porous Lebanon-Syria border will only invite the repetition of a Hezbollah attack in the future. Hezbollah must not be allowed to rearm."
As I reported here, US President George W. Bush has earmarked $230 million of our money as aid to be sent to Lebanon. Since Hezbollah is a major part of the government of Lebanon and since they are already taking a major part in the `reconstruction', there's no telling how much of that money will be siphoned off the Hezbollah's coffers.
I dimly recall somebody who once said that `you're either with us or with the terrorists' and pledged not to aid countries that harbored them......and I sense 241 dead US servicemen murderd by Hezbollah in Beirut turning over in their graves.
Lantos, who is the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee has the ability to put a hold on any aid going to Lebanon. Lanto s referred to this as a `friendly hold.'
"No one wants to see that hold removed more than I do," he said. "But I am convinced that the government of Lebanon must take the necessary steps to make Lebanon a fully sovereign country."
Lantos also noted to reporters that in 2001 he pressed legislation to prevent the US from giving aid to Lebanon as long as Hezbollah wasn't disarmed, in accordance with the UNSC resolution..but apparently the fable of `Arab democracy' came first with the Bush Administration.
"At that time, the administration chose to sweep the problem under the carpet, and now the disaster has happened," he said. "I am convinced that, had my legislation been implemented, the tragedy of recent weeks could have been prevented, would have been prevented, and moreover, a thousand precious Lebanese and Israeli lives would have been saved."
I'm rather familiar with Congressman Lantos, one of the handful of Democrats with a common sense attitude towards the War on Jihad.
Maybe his being a Holocaust survivor has something to do with it.
You go, Congressman..make them do the right thing.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 5:58 PM