Early this morning central Italy was rocked by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. It has left over 100 dead and thousands homeless. Many world leaders have offered their condolences and have pledged monetary aid. Considering the Washington spending spree that commenced the moment Barack Obama took office one might assume that we would be cutting Italy a check with a minimum of six figures. If you count the change there are seven figures present in the $50,000.00 that Obama has pledged in aid to Italy. While our President is on a world tour claiming a major change in the tone of US foregin relations is the best we can offer Italy really only fifty thousand dollars?
The Italians should be insulted especially considering that during his first month in office President Obama approved $900,000,000 in aid to the Palestinians for rebuilding efforts in Gaza. These funds were pledged to Gaza despite the well known fact that Gaza is controlled by Hamas. For those of you unfamiliar with Hamas I’ll give you a brief overview of this organization; Hamas is a militant Palestinian organization founded in the late 1960’s, which refuses to recognize the state of Israel. It operates a terrorist wing which has carried out over 350 attacks including suicide bombings and short-range rocket attacks on the Israeli people. Hamas became the controlling party of the Palestinian legislature in 2006.
President Obama has quickly and drastically changed the tone of US foreign relations and policies. We’re now giving hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to one of the most despicable organizations on the planet so that they may rebuild an area that has been decimated as a direct result of their militant actions. While in the case of the Italian government who have suffered destruction due to no fault of their own, we’re giving them less than one tenth of one percent of what we gave to Gaza. So is aiding groups who support terrorist activities with millions of US dollars while offering embarrassingly small amounts to a country who came to our aid following hurricane Katrina and is now dealing with a natural disaster on its on soil, the kind of change so many hoped to see when they voted for President Obama?