Sunday, January 29, 2006

No Mas
Por Hamas

Condoleeza Rice has made it clear that America will not be giving aid to a government run by Hamas:

LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday ruled out any American financial aid to a Hamas government in the Palestinian territories and said Washington wants Arab nations and others to cut off money as well.

Humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, many of whom are poor and unemployed, is likely on a "case-by-case basis," Rice said. She indicated that the Bush administration would follow through on aid promised to the current, U.S.-backed Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The United States is not prepared to fund an organization that advocates the destruction of Israel, that advocates violence and that refuses its obligations," under an international framework for eventual Mideast peace, Rice said.

This sounds good to me. But, it seems, Rice is signalling they are willing to work with Hamas, if they change their charter:

"It is important that Hamas now will have to confront the implications of its covenant if it wishes to govern," Rice said. "That becomes a primary consideration in anything that we do."

It seems to me that a change in the Hamas charter would be merely semantic. I don't really know what it would matter. But, one good thing about Hamas is they are honest. I don't think they are going to back down on their "principles."