Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald again explains why short-sighted, suicidal foreign aid policies must stop:
Now — as the world is still adjusting to the reality of an openly terrorist “Palestinian” state — is a perfect time for the United States and Europe to end, permanently, the jizyah. “Palestinian” territories, and that other world center of antisemitism and anti-Americanism, Egypt, should be first. Followed by Pakistan and Jordan, which should receive no more military aid because they are now going to be judged by the hostility of their peoples, and not by the reassurances or smiles of government figures. Westerners must stop swallowing that worthless “we love America, it’s just Bush/your government/your Congress we hate” line that is the kind of thing brought to our attention in highly tendentious and sanitized opinion polls, the ones “conducted by Zogby International” in consultation with Shibley Telhami, in which no one seems to have the bright idea of asking such questions as these:
“Do you think Muhammad is uswa hasana, and if he is, what would Muhammad do today about the Infidels?
“Does Israel have a right to exist as a Jewish state forever, or just for a short while?”
“Do Christians and other non-Muslims (Jews, Hindus, Buddhists) have the right to live and be treated with full legal equality — buying land, voting, running for office, opening churches wherever they wish? Do they have the right to live as equals in Muslim-run countries, as Muslims now do in Infidel lands?
But that’s not what anyone — least of all Zogby International and Shibley Telhami — want to find out, or want those who pay for their results in the American government to find out.
No — that’s the kind of thing American policymakers don’t need to, don’t want to — know about. It would disturb. It would worry. It would upset an applecart or two.
But in fact one thing would do more to help, in the end, our relations, and that of Infidel nations, with Muslims in the Muslim-ruled lands, and within the Infidel lands themselves: an end to the Jizyah everywhere. Over the past few decades, the Infidels have gradually become accustomed to paying large sums of money, and even giving large amounts of military equipment, to Egypt, to the “Palestinians,” to Pakistan. That love-affair between the American and Pakistani military that went on for decades should now be completely over. It is time, if not to ask for the ring back, and least to stop sending more jewelry, not all of it costume, and some of it quite costly, to those meretricious Pakistanis.
Some say that this must not be done, for Pakistan is too “critical to the war on terror.” Is that so? For god’s sake, look at the pitiful results of its sporadic help. There was a little more when Daniel Pearl died, but that was because of the need to appease the enraged Americans. After that, nothing or almost nothing. It is by now become abundantly clear that the men of Al Qaeda are first in the hearts of their Pakistani fellow-Muslims, their true “country” men.
And Jordan. The Deerfield-educated king is even less “representative” of the real Jordan than was his father. And he is certainly as little representative as, say, Ahmed Chalabi or Kanan Kamiya, who were so influential, turned out to be of the real Iraq. The Americans keep fooling themselves, keep taking the very great exceptions for the very great rule. Time to grow up.
Egypt? Like Arafat’s PLO (renamed, of course), the Egyptian government battens on foreign aid, and that foreign aid, corruptly diverted, makes the people even more furious than before, and more and more open to the siren-song of the Muslim Brotherhood (and its “Palestinian” branch Hamas).
Stop the Jizyah. Stop payments now, without any more discussion, any disgusting hints of “we’ll have to see if we can work with them” or, still worse, “aid is a lever, and we need that lever even more now” or some other stupidity.
We, the Infidel taxpayers who pay that Jizyah, can’t take the stupidity anymore. And it is not merely a question of money. It is a question of false policies, based on false hopes, based on laziness and willful ignorance. We don’t like that. It makes us mad.
No taxation without representation.
No jizyah without our representation. And we don’t want it. We, the taxpayers, are not prepared to pay it. We are not part of the policymakers who have failed because of their own ignorance and want of imagination and sometimes, because they are on the Arab take. We don’t want to pay that jizyah with — or without — representation. They should learn that in official Washington, before a great many of them, of all sorts and conditions of views, are thrown out.
And it is time to throw them out.