First we pay for the bullets, now we fix the holes they made? |

First we pay for the bullets, now we fix the holes they made?

Dear Editor,

The Washington Times, May 3, 2002, in an article by Sally Buzbee, Associated Press, writes about the U.S. costs in our expanded efforts to assist in achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace.

No question that it takes dollars. We now provide Israel with $2.8 billion in aid this year. Two billion dollars in military aid and $730 million in economic aid. And Republican Representative Tom DeLay wants to increase that by another $200 million to demonstrate our staunch support of Israel.

What I do not understand is why some items are our responsibility. Colin Powell wants to provide $30 million to help rebuild areas destroyed during Israel’s military offensive. Why can’t we just subtract that from the $2.8 billion? We already paid for all the tank shells and machine gun bullets. And now we’re supposed to fix the holes that were blasted?

We were already slated to provide $72 million to the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza strip for health, water, education and other projects. An additional $182 million which was pledged to help Palestinians in past years remained unspent during the 2001 return to violence and is now available, overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development. No money goes to Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.

When will Washington quit adding to all this?

Lorenz T. Martensen

Glenwood Springs

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