Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #173, February 10, 2005

1.  President G.W. Bush’s  September 20, 2001 speech vs. $390MN to Abu Mazen. 


"Deliver to the US all the leaders of Al-Qaeda who hide in your land...Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and hand over every terrorist...But, Abu Mazen has stated that he would not fight, nor would he extradite, Palestinian terrorists. Palestinian terrorism - mostly masterminded by PA leaders and carried out by PA "security forces" - has evolved, under the 1993-2005 Arafat-Abu Mazen regime, into the largest terrorist base in the world.


"They will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate...[But, the PA has received some $1.5BN in US foreign aid since 1994, in spite of Abu Mazen being the chief architect of PA-Hamas agreements since 1993.  Abu Mazen insists on integrating, rather than eliminating, Hamas terrorists].


"We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety... [But, notwithstanding Abu Mazen's grandpa-like well-shaved appearance, he was Arafat's chief accomplice since the 1950's, he has shaped PA's hate-education, he and his son have been role models for "Mr. 20%" kickback/corruption, he was the chief architect of PLO ties with ruthless communist regimes, and he played a key role in hijacking planes, in the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre, in the 1972 execution of 2 US ambassadors, and in the 1970 and 1976 attempts to topple the Hashemite and Lebanese regimes].


"Either you are with us, or your are with the terrorists...Any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the US as a hostile regime...WE WILL STARVE TERRORISTS OF FUNDING...[Where does that leave Abu Mazen, Card #2 of the Palestinian Terror Authority, the largest terror base in the world?!  With a $390MN US foreign aid???] 


2.  U.S. policy on Iraq & Afghnistan vs. $390MN to Abu Mazen. 


The prerequisite for free election and for US assistance to Iraq and to Afghanistan, was the thorough eradication of - rather than accommodation with - rogue regimes.  US policy would not tolerate top Ba'th or Taliban leaders running for office, let alone heading a new regime. The US would not tolerate an Iraqi or Afghani candidates campaigning for office on the shoulders of a most wanted notorious terrorist, as did Abu Mazen on the shoulders of Zakaria Zubeidi, the leading terrorist in Jenin. Abu Mazen did not emerge, on election day, from exile in Europe or from his hiding cave in the Judean Desert.  Abu Mazen emerged from Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah, running as Arafat's most intimate confidant during the last 50 years and Arafat's loyal #2 since 1993. Abu Mazen had occasionally disagreed with Arafat tactically, but always concurred strategically. Contrary to US policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US has re-entrenched, rather than uproot, the rogue old regime, thus rewarding Palestinian terrorism and adrenalizing regional anti-US terrorism.


3. U.S. farm subsidies vs. $390MN to Abu Mazen.


The US would not extend grants/loans to farmers, who have misused previous subsidies in gambling and other non-farming mischief. Why would the US extend a $390MN grant to the PA, which has misused some $1.5BN since 1994, promoting anti-US and anti-Jewish hate-education, terrorism (including the murder of 52 US citizens), corruption and repression, rather than moderation, peaceful-coexistence and counter-terrorism?  


4. U.S. policy on Syria vs. $390MN to Abu Mazen.


President Bush ("State of the Union", Feb. 2, 2005) and Secretary of State Rice (Israel, Feb. 7, 2005) have condemned Syria for harboring terrorists, which has denied Damascus US foreign aid and cooperation. Where does that leave Abu Mazen, who has harbored Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, while heading the political infrastructure of PA ("security organizations") terrorism?! Abu Mazen met - in December 2004 in Damascus - the leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PDFLP, and will meet shortly with other Islamic terrorists in Teheran.  Both meetings (at terrorist capitals) aim at coordination and co-existence with terrorists, in defiance of the morally-just and strategically-right US war on global terrorism.


5.  Past critical US blunders & 390MN to Abu Mazen.


Sacrificing the 50 year track record of Abu Mazen - and the lessons of the last eleven years since the signing of Oslo - on the altar of wishful thinking, is consistent with the 1993 White House embrace of the Oslo Process and Nobel Laureate Arafat, with the 1996 crowning of Arafat - by the US Administration - as "a democratically elected President", with honoring Arafat as the most frequent visitor to President Clinton's White House, with the 1988-91 courting of Saddam by the Bush/Baker Administration (until the day of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait!), with the 1978 US Administration support extended to the "elder Iranian religious leader in exile" (Khomeini) in his battle against "the dictator in Teheran" (the Shah), etc.