Arafat is also responsible for the indoctrination of young Palestinians into the culture of death, one that molds young minds to not just hate Jews, but to kill them. Recalling the most repugnant propaganda from Nazi Germany, every Palestinian child is brainwashed to believe that no Jew is innocent and that ?martyrdom? in the name of Jihad is the ultimate achievement.
By any account, this assembly line converting impressionable Palestinian youths into mass murderers is funded by international aid. But that has nothing to do with the EU lowering its financial support of the PA.
Children duped into violating the Quran?s prohibition on suicide, though, are not the only Palestinian victims of Arafat?s intifada. Each time Palestinian civilians die when Israel is forced to defend itself by taking out the terrorists that the PA protects, Arafat has blood on his hands.
Apparently, though, even that isn?t a problem for the EU.
Arafat continues his murderous ways because that is what works. He was receiving from the EU $10 million monthly (or $120 million per year) in 2001 and 2002, which is just after he walked away from a peace agreement that gave him almost everything he ever claimed to want?and he instead launched the intifada. In other words, terrorism pays.
At least the EU is withholding some of its support of the EU. The U.S. isn?t. According to the State Department, the U.S. has funneled $175 million in direct and indirect aid to the PA, including $20 million in cash last summer.
To get back in the EU?s good graces?and its cash?Arafat does not need to ditch terrorism; he just needs better accounting. Terrorism doesn?t pay, after all, if you can?t keep clean books while you?re murdering innocent civilians.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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