August 22, 2006
Lebanon is being rebuilt by Hezbollah and Iranian money faster than New Orleans has been rebuilt with American money. Rush Limbaugh says maybe Hezbollah should replace FEMA.
But Iran isn’t the only country contributing to Hezbollah and Lebanese reconstruction. The United States will probably get into the act as well, using our tax dollars.
As blogger Debbie Schlussel reports, following Israel’s departure from Lebanon in 2000, Michigan congressman Joe Knollenberg of Michigan sought $268 million in US-AID money for Lebanon to “rebuild infrastructure in the south.” He did this at the behest of James Zogby of the pro-Hezbollah, Arab-American Institute. Fox’s Shepherd Smith asked AID ambassador Randall Tobias if American money would be going to help rebuild southern Lebanon after the war their sometime partner Hezbollah started. He danced around the question and wouldn’t answer, which usually means “yes.”
If you think sending U.S. tax dollars to a region run by terrorists under the false notion they will love us is a bad idea, you’d better express yourself to your elected representative.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.