Monday, March 16, 2009

Funding our enemies

The first thing to note is that I am not DK himself. In fact, as a new contributor to the Kitchen, I ought to introduce myself. I'm Mark Wallace, the Campaign Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA), an independent campaign for lower taxes and better government. As such, I can normally be found blogging over at the TPA's site.

On to the actual issue at hand. It's well known that huge quantities of British aid money is abused—swept, far too often, into the pockets of an army of wealthy dictators, corrupt politicians and middle men rather than actually helping the poor it is intended for. That abuse is bad enough, taking billions from British taxpayers and giving it to rich men to supplement their palaces and fleets of limos, but it is not the worst abuse of our aid budget.

A new report out today from the TPA reveals that large quantities of British aid goes to an even more sinister and damaging destination—Islamist hate education in the Palestinian territories. While the poverty of people in Palestine is well documented, the sad truth is that the £100m a year Britain gives to support the Palestinian Authority's budget often ends up simply freeing up cash to be spent on propaganda dished out through the official media and the education system.

This is not only financially costly, it is disgusting that we are paying for people to be taught to hate this country and the principles of democracy and freedom. While politicians from all sides condemn vocally the work of suicide bombers and terrorists in Palestine, our money is subsidising school books that say things like:
"O heroes, Allah has promised you victory... Do not talk yourselves into flight... Your enemies seek life while you seek death. They seek spoils to fill their empty stomachs while you seek a Garden [Paradise] as wide as are the heavens and the earth... death is not bitter in the mouth of the believers. These drops of blood that gush from your bodies will be transformed tomorrow into blazing red meteors that will fall down upon the heads of your enemies."

Or funding the Palestinian Broadcast Corporation to air speeches like this, broadcast on 5 June 2008:
“There are diseases like smallpox, that can be eradicated, but the disease that was inflicted on the Palestinian people and the Arab nation in general, that's the Jewish disease, the Zionist disease, which is a cancerous disease, that started with occupying and taking over lands in 1904 […] Those (Jews), from 1904 to 1947, reached 605,000. That's the cancer that spreads over the lands.”

Nice. That's hardly the "dialogue" Government Ministers claim they are keen to promote. It's clearly time for the Government to get a handle on at least some of the taxpayers' money that they are dishing out around the world. Setting conditions in return for giving aid has become a taboo in these politically correct days, but it is essential to ensure our money is not being either stolen or abused.

Next time a politician says they want peace, harmony and understanding in the Middle East, ask them this: why the hell are we paying to teach kids that violence and hatred are good?

As a postcript, it will of course come as no surprise to Kitchen readers that the EU is responsible for doling out much of our aid money - this will be addressed shortly in a specific TPA report about the failings of the EU aid machine. In the meantime, those who would like to join the campaign can sign up for free here.

16 comments:

David Gillies said...

A further addition to the list of things that will be eradicated within days of the Gillies dictatorship: DID. All the evidence points to the fact that government aid, far from being beneficial, is actively harmful to the recipient countries. It would also be nice to stick it in the eye of the Clare Shorts of this world, and all the other illiberal, creepy do-gooders that infest NGOs.

Obsidian said...

Worse than just that, this funding is partly responsible for current state of play between Gaza and Israel.

The reason Fatah were voted out was because they were redirecting that aid money to feather their own beds, and ensure a life of comfort for themselves and their families whilst 'their people' suffered.

Rather than clampdown on the corruption, the EU and the UK made the odd rumble of displeasure but did sod all to rectify it. Hence why the Palestinians voted in the only meaningful opposition - Hamas.

As own goals go, that was a biggie.

http://www.cctvstar.blogspot.com said...

CAMERON ISN’T GOING FAR ENOUGH!

Pete said...

...and how much are we giving to India and China - countries which are able to develop moon rockets - methinks we could do with some aid from them!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear.

I never cease to be amused when those who profess to support "the principles of democracy and freedom" react with frothing bluster when someone else has the bare-faced temerity to exercise the freedom of speech inherent in those principles. Odd, innit? Bloody hell, by democratically electing Hamas in an election widely adjudged as fair (a rarity in the most parts of the world) you'll next be telling us they elected the "wrong" government.

Oh...

The unattributed quote from the PBC is in effect no better or worse than the vilification Iraq was subjected to by both politicians and media here in the months prior to the 2003 invasion. That too was nothing more than taxpayer funded propaganda. And we feign wonder why the Arab world alleges Western hypocrisy?

For further good measure - if there is genuine concern about aid money contributing to anti-British consequences, you don't want to be hung up on the Palestinians. Oh no, the most egregious example has surely got to be the half billion+ £ aid being funnelled to Pakistan. You know, the one that confers a safe haven to the Taliban to kill British servicemen. The one that provides support and direction to the Taleban via the ISI. The one whose unrestrained madrassas pump out a steady stream of indoctrinated Wahabist youngsters itching to die for the cause.

The TPA really should restrict itself to exposing the waste of UK monies in domestic and Euro excesses. It's good at that. But not so good, apparently, when it dips its toe into the headier waters of international geopolitics. In this it should take as fair warning DK's amusing tagging of the post as "screaming nutjobs".

North Northwester said...

Lenin said that the capitalists would sell the communists the rope with which the Marxists would hang those self-same capitalists.

The dhimmis who misgovern us foot the Islamists' rope bill with our taxes and then continue to invite them into government to lecture on anti-terrorist techniques.

You could not make it up.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Anon,

"I never cease to be amused when those who profess to support "the principles of democracy and freedom" react with frothing bluster when someone else has the bare-faced temerity to exercise the freedom of speech inherent in those principles. Odd, innit?"

Not really: I don't see why the hell the money that I earn should got to support anyone else's choice of government -- and that includes within this country.

"For further good measure - if there is genuine concern about aid money contributing to anti-British consequences, you don't want to be hung up on the Palestinians. Oh no, the most egregious example has surely got to be the half billion+ £ aid being funnelled to Pakistan."

So two wrongs do make a right...! Thank you for clearing that up.

Not a single one of them should have claim on the product of my work: fuck them all.

DK

charlie said...

Soon our tax money will be going to a load of fake charities run by vegetarian wankers who want to ban meat

Fuck it.

Mr Ecks said...

Never mind about Hamas etc--the enemy that we are funding is the british state. The late great Harry Browne quoted someone in his "How I found Freedom"etc book:"Whoever puts money into the hands of the state puts a sword into the hands of his greediest and most vicious enemy". TPA is not really Libertarian,they only want less tax not none at all. Its a start I suppose.

Martin said...

Ah, 'The Gillies dictatorship'...

What makes you think it would last days?

Budgie said...

DK said: "Not really: I don't see why the hell the money that I earn should got to support anyone else's choice of government ..."

Exactly.

Anonymous said...

DK,

Not really: I don't see why the hell the money that I earn should got to support anyone else's choice of government -- and that includes within this country.

Fair enough - at least it's consistent.

So two wrongs do make a right...! Thank you for clearing that up.

Disingenuous bollocks. Nothing to do with "two wrongs", more the same wrong writ large (but ignored).

If the likes of the TPA are going to get pissed about how our taxes are spent aiding bad people, their outrage would be more convincing if it was directed against the worst examples - like Pakistan - and not, frankly, be lazy and pick on the usual suspects. Last time I checked, neither the 7/7 culprits nor successive Islamic conspirators had identifiable links to Hamas/Gaza. Can't say the same for Pakistan though, can we....?

Bloody hell, if yer gonna castigate the gubmit, at least pick on the juiciest, most egregious target - which also happens to be a particularly weak spot.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5939611.ece

Anonymous said...

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1072466.html

Kwelos said...

See links under 'Jizya' at The Religion of Peace™ Subject Index.