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Hamas Coming to the United States Sanctioned in Bill H.R. 1388 Signed by Obama
In reference to Presidential Determination FR Doc E9-2488 to increase funding regarding aid to the Palestinians. A rumor has been circulating the internet accusing the President of passing a bill that would relocate Hamas operatives to the United States as refugees from the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. This is completely untrue. Not only that, it is not called H.R. 1388. Instead, the President did sign a determination that 20.3 million dollars should be added to the contributions of 2009 to ERMA, (Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance fund), which amounts to 120 million dollars already being given this year to various agencies that are giving aid to Palestinians affected by the conflict in the region. We are not talking about terrorists, but civilians. The UNRWA, (U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), ICRC, (International Committee of the Red Cross), and OCHA, (U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), are using these funds to distribute assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in the form of food, medical aid, temporary shelter and even temporary job assistance. Basically, a really complex and well funded aid station to bring relief to the Palestinians.
There is nothing to indicate that thousands of Hamas, or refugees will be welcomed into the United States with open arms without security checks. In fact, there is nothing to indicate that the United States will accept any Palestinian refugees of any kind as a direct result of this additional aid. Obviously, the U.S. government has already been giving aid, and about 20 million dollars' worth is being added.
The rumor targets conservatives and right wingers already suspicious of Obama, and when the idea is presented, it is very easy to misinterpret the true meaning of the determination and one can see "Hamas" instead of "Palestinians" or "conflict victims". There are unanswered questions about Obama's legitimacy to be president in reference to his place of origin, but notable mainstream conservatives such as talk show host Michael Medved and Governor Mike Huckabee have taken a firm stand against conspiracy theorists who claim that there are discrepancies that can not be ignored concerning President Obama's "natural born citizen" status.
Most conservatives feel very strongly that Barrack Obama is not fit to be the president of the United States, mostly because of his media focused campaign to capture the hearts of people hungry for change - or a political upset and takeover of Washington, and because of his extreme left leaning standing. There is also a contingent that feel Obama has ties with middle eastern Islamic religion and its leaders. These people leave no stone unturned in their search for evidence proving Obama is an anti-American, racist Muslim bent on the destruction of America as we know it for the furtherance of Islamica.
Radical Muslim or Leftist?
The problem with that thinking is that he is not radical enough to be a fundamental, extremist Muslim, and he is way to liberal and humanist to be a homegrown middle eastern follower of Islam. Everything Obama has done and attempted to do since taking office indicates that he is a Marxist and his anger and intolerance toward questions concerning his policies and leadership style resemble a Communist dictator more than anything else. He is for wealth redistribution, government controlled healthcare that takes the freedom to choose what level of healthcare is received by the recipient, and is spending money like a drunken Republican, (at least with Republicans, giant expenditures of money are directed to more tangible items such as strengthening the military rather than a 50/50 hope that the bad economy can be turned around by giving that money to the same people who got us into this mess).
Face the Logic
So the question that must be faced is how can Obama be both a Communist and a radical extremist Muslim? He can't be. A radical extremist fundamental Muslim prefers a theocratic government, not a Communist one. There is no question that Islam has played a small role in Barrack Obama's life, but considering his arrogance and immaturity as evidenced by the persistent anger directed at those who disagree with his policies, he is not serious about following the ways of Islam and toys with the idea of "going back to his roots" by playing dress up Muslim and appealing to the Islamic leaders around the world with heartfelt apologies for Bush's, *ahem*, the United States' actions the past 8 years. His behavior concerning the appeasement of Islamic minded people is nothing more than the self destructive liberal tendency to welcome enemies with open arms, apologies and concessions. This is bad enough by itself, however the undeserved focus on simple non-issues such as the lie that Obama is opening the doors for Hamas to legally infiltrate American soil is distracting us from the real and destructive changes this president is enacting on a local and worldwide scale.
What if the thousands of conspiracy theorists joined with mainstream conservatives to protest Obama's approval of stem cell research or apologizing on their behalf to the world for actions they likely do approve of? All the energy put into wacko theories and the dead issue of where Obama was born could be utilized to force the president to listen to the voice of America, instead of having a million patriotic dissenters running in a million different directions distracting the rest of us from bigger issues and making the American people ineffective as a unified force.
The real tragedy concerning aid to Palestine and the Obama administration's refusal to support Israeli offensive military action is that the conflict will continue. Palestinians and Israelis will continue to suffer and a democratic nation, (Israel), will be forced to allow their enemy to survive and fight an unrighteous battle on unfair terms instead of making peace and building a prosperous state of their own. This will be Obama's lasting legacy: to spend money on programs that do not resolve the issues that warranted the need for financial aid in the first place.
Actual Documents and Rumor Control
- Part Ii: Presidential Documents » Federal Register [FR Doc E9-2488]
[[Page 6115]] Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 of January 27, 2009 Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related To
- United States Humanitarian Support to Palestinians
- FactCheck.org : H.R. 1388 Passed “Behind Our Backs?”
Viral email makes false claims about H.R. 1388 and Obama's order regarding Palestinian refugees.
- Presidential Determination Rumour - Palestinian Resettlement in US
Protest message claims that US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination that will allow hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the United States