When I wrote my recent article on US funding being used to purchase rockets by Hamas, I fielded a lot of questions about how "I knew" that this was true, and how I "am not a credible news source." Well, ok, one is a fair question and the other an accurate critique, but for those who didn't want to believe me, will you believe it straight from the State Department?
In a recent interview, Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded to a question about how the administration will guarantee that the aid money will not be used to purchase additional rockets. His response, "As we’ve seen in life, as we all know in life, there are no guarantees, but we’re going to do everything that we can to ensure that this assistance reaches the people who need it the most."
But wait, I thought that, according to those questioning me, the UN and US aid and monetary relief were run by "professionals" who have the tools to "be able to ensure that the funds won't be used to buy rockets." They expressed "complete trust" in those officials and systems and attempted to assure me that these organizations had a way to "guarantee" that these funds wouldn't be used to purchase rockets.
Well, here is the head of the department that is in charge of it saying that they're wrong. You don't have to believe me, I'm not saying it, he is.
One of the greatest achievements of the Trump administration was their ability to handcuff Iranian influence in the Middle East. They cut off their funding through embargos and sanctions and then further cut their force projections by eliminating direct cash aid to the Palestinian Authority and other sources that were funding Hezbollah and the Jordanian terrorist organizations.
This dried up funding and left these organizations with an inability to conduct military operations with any regular frequency. It forced Hamas to stop firing it's rockets because they had no reliable way of replacing the ones that they fired. That led to some of the most peaceful years in the history of Modern Israel (post 1946).
This proves the old adage, "if Palestine laid down their weapons, there would be peace. If Israel laid down their weapons, there would be no Israel or Israeli people."
How do we know the last part? Simple, look at what has happened since Biden took office and reversed Trump's Middle East plan. Money once again flowing into Iran and Palestine means rockets once again flying into Israel.
And the people who've suffered the most? The Palestinians.
All of the recent Palestinian difficulties came about because of Hamas' rocket attacks against Israel which drew a response of protection. To use the legal "But for" test, "But for" Hamas launching rockets into Israel, there would be no destruction in Gaza, nor any interruptions to the Palestinian's way of life.
Yep, you can lay the blame for the recent suffering of the Palestinian people squarely at the feet of President Joe Biden and his horrific Middle East policies that have injured our ally and caused the recent historic alliances that Trump brokered to wobble. A powerful Iran means less Middle Eastern countries being willing to engage peacefully with Israel. They all know Iran will punish them, and that specter is too much for them to stand against.
Yes, President Biden, I hope you take a good look at the picture above. I hope you watch every moment of the news coverage. I hope you see every crying mother, every orphaned child, every homeless family, and every bit of the suffering.
Because one thing is for sure, this is something you can claim complete and total credit for.
Except you won't, accountability isn't your style.