I know this sounds heartless and uncaring but, how is it the American taxpayer's responsibility to rebuild Lebanon, when it was Iran-financed Hezbollah who caused it to be destroyed? Iran funnels something like 300million annually to the Hezbos, plus whatever the get from Syria and certainly from the Saudis. If those countries care as much about the Lebanese as they pretend to, why are they not financing the rebuilding? Because they couldn't care less about the Lebanese people, they are just using Lebanon as a platform from which to attack Israel.
Politicians always think they can buy good will like they buy votes. I am not in favor of this scheme by Bush to get the terrorists to like us...
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Monday announced $230 million in humanitarian aid for Lebanon and called for quick deployment of an international force to help uphold the fragile cease-fire there.
Â“The need is urgent,Â” Bush said.
Â“The international community must now designate the leadership of this new international force, give it robust rules of engagement and deploy it as quickly as possible to secure the peace,Â” the president told a news conference.
Â“The United States will do our part,Â” Bush said. While the U.S. does not plan to contribute troops, it will help logistical support, command and control help and intelligence.
He said it was Â“the most effective contribution we can make at this time.Â”
Bush also said the United States would work on another U.N. resolution making the rules of engagement clear for an international peacekeeping force.
Â“There will be another resolution coming into the United Nations giving further instructions to the international force. First things first will be to get the rules of engagement clear,Â” Bush said.
Bush also said his administration was pledging an additional $230 million to help the Lebanese rebuild their homes and return to their towns and communities.
The Lebanese government has estimated that the damage from the war will cost $3.6 billion to repair. A donors conference on humanitarian aid is set for Aug. 31 in Stockholm and a second meeting may be held to address LebanonÂ’s shattered infrastructure.
The idiotic cease-fire has already been broken...and by Hezbollah. No country wants to send troops, under the incompetent command of corrupt UN officials, to an active war zone. Iran and Syria are already re-arming Hezbollah and Bush wants to rebuild the roads and bridges as soon as possible, making it far easier to get arms into south Lebanon to be used against Israel. Just because the infrastructure rebuilding gets underway, doesn't mean that the war is over. Hezbollah still stands(with the support of the Lebanese government I might add), Iran still is this close to having nuke capability right next door, and the fighting continues as Israel retreats. What in the world is Bush thinking? This isn't over by a long shot.
"But Ed", you whine, "the suffering and destitution in Lebanon is unimaginable. Surely we (the U.S.) should be providing aid and comfort to the Lebanese people. We have so much, and they have so little, and if we can win the hearts and minds of the Arab street by giving them money, then the tide will turn in our favor and they will see that we are not the Great Satan."
Are you nuts? As long as we are not a Muslim country, we will always, always be the Great Satan to radical Muslims. Their kindness cannot be purchased. That is the stupidest notion I've ever heard. Besides, you don't rebuild a city in the middle of a war. What makes you think this war is over, because the idiot Kofi Annon called for 15,000 corrupt "peace-keepers"? The only "peace-keepers" willing to go there are from countries who don't recognize Israel's right to exist. And why is it the responsibility of the American taxpayer to rebuild Lebanon? Sure, send some food and medicine, but pouring money into Lebanon will not, as George Bush naively thinks, make the Islamo-fascists like us. They will take our money, buy weapons with it, and then attack Israel again in a few months or years...that is if they don't attack us...and with weapons our money bought. When are our politicians going to learn that you cannot buy loyalty, gratitude or pleasantness from terrorists? It's like paying the school-yard bully not to beat you up every day. We cannot simply be nice to the Arab world and hope it causes them to like us, and stop being mean to us.
I've said it before and I'll say it again; it's going to take at least one more 9/11, maybe more than that depending on who's in the White House, to convince Washington that we are under attack by a relentless enemy who cannot be reasoned with, and that partisan bickering and the politicization of the war on Islamic terrorists serves only to divide us and make us more vulnerable.
Our response to the next terrorists attack on the U.S. must be ruthless and extreme bordering on barbaric, for it to be anything but a sign of weakness and an invitation to attack again. Israel's mistake was listening to peace-at-any-cost globalists like Bush and Jimmy Carter, and stopping the demolishing of Hezbollah before it was totally destroyed. If that had meant incurring the wrath of the UN anti-semites by going into Syria and expanding the theater of war....who cares?