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#1 Various USAID programs accomplish much the same thing as ransom payments, the pipeline is just a bit longer and less transparent. $130 million is a paltry drop in the bucket compared to our foreign aid budget.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-18 01:35||
#2 Over the past decade, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands have paid more than $130 million to terrorist groups
And they + USA gave billions to "Palestinian Autority".
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2013-02-18 01:59||
#3 Who wrote this bullshit?
They are resurrecting the rotted corse of Iran Contra? Oh please sweet lord wasn't that discredited a long time ago?
Or I guess if you hate Reagan enough and hate Bush enough you'll dig up any and every dead conspiracy theory.
To me the main thread is the EU has been funding terrorism with their ninnie limp weiney attitudes toward Islam (but the French got the memo during the Moslem Ghetto riots and have changed course). But to make it not so bad, they have to say "Well the US did the same thing....in....uh....uh....THE IRAN CONTRA scandal!!!"
Well Iran contra was two things, it was an attempt to have another Watergate. AND it was the US Congress making foreign policy ala Viet Nam when they forbid the President from sending aid to a PRO AMERICAN ANTI COMMUNIST insurgency fighting against a Cuban proxy COMMUNIST. Geez, if that isn't enough to make you wonder who is running the country and why that didn't come out in the press coverage.
Posted by Bill Clinton 2013-02-18 10:37||
#4 it IS the NY Times. The paper of leftist record. The one in a financial death spiral
Posted by Frank G 2013-02-18 11:55||
#5 Carlos 'Obamaphone' Slim still has petty cash. The NYT is a loss leader.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2013-02-18 13:24||
#6 its in the NYTimes but its an opinion piece
the author is a pro-tolerance moslem whose organization was founded after 9-11 to try to move Islam away from terrorism
it isn't working so well but, in this case, the author's points about Al Q financing itself via kidnapping, is pretty much conventional wisdom
Posted by lord garth 2013-02-18 14:40||