France believes aid "must be maintained for humanitarian reasons, as well as for political reasons," Chirac said. "And it will push for this continuance (of aid) within the international community and notably within the European Union."
"Okay, we don't want to fund the bad stuff, but what about the simple goat farmers who need that money to simply live?" I say that since the people voted this group in, they can be considered part of that group and therefore complicit with terrorism (at least). If they wanted a terrorist group running their country, meaning they starve, then so be it--that was their choice.
If there are people in Palestine who didn't vote for them, and don't agree with what Hamas is doing, then they need to leave the country and seek citizenship elsewhere or change it from within (for the more adventerous types who think they won't be beheaded).
Iraq was actually different since the people didn't elect Saddam in a free election. Oddly enough, though, France was using the infrastructure of the U.N. humanitarian "Oil for Food" program to illegally sell military weapons to Saddam. Now we see them trying to set up another "humanitarian" aid system through the world bank with yet another nation hostile to stability and civilization. When is somebody going to see that the motives of France are so self-serving as to be a threat to the rest of the world?
Chirac said humanitarian aid must be maintained and enlarged "in particularly through the agencies of the United Nations," his spokesman said. He said aid must channel through institutions independent of the Palestinian government.
The French leader also suggested that more aid could be placed under the authority of Abbas, a moderate, his spokesman said.
I wonder what color the sky is in Chirac's world? First off, since the Oil for Food scandal as all but completely destroyed ANY credibility with the U.N. and its ability to handle money competently (or incorruptibly), this is just another reason to see this as France trying to set up another corrupt dealing to sell its weapons (subsidized by the U.S. through NATO, I might add) to evil people. Second, the Hamas government said they would only be willing to accept the money if given total control over it: meaning they would buy guns instead of butter... just like Iraq.
Omar Abdelrazek, Hamas finance minister, said: "In principle we don't have a problem with that. But we have to talk about the details and preserve the rights of the ministry of finance to control and oversee all the financial procedures."
What do you get when you combine incompetence with arrogance? The French. What does that mean for the rest of us? When the terrorist come, they'll be holding American-derived French weapons.