Robert Bennett: Hamas and its financial priorities

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  • Alfred Phoenix, AZ
    July 31, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    "Using the same logic, what does US spending priorities say about our country? Have you looked at our defense budget lately?"

    Without the world's most powerful military you can count on other nations on our doorstep with serious challenges.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 29, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    To "southmtnman" yes, we do consider the Hamas position on this issue. According to the Hamas charter. Hamas is founded on Genocide of the Jewish people. Their charter states "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." They also state "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him." Their charter also says that they will not give into peace agreements with the Jews. Their charter says "Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement."

    So, they say kill the Jews and no peace with the Jews, and our government is so arrogant that they think they can change the mind of the leader of Hamas.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 28, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    Hamas is being fueled in part due to the way Israel treats Palestine.

    Think of it this way, if a group of Muslims took over temple square, kicked the Mormons out of The Salt Lake Valley, and then build luxurious condos and apartments throughout utah while the rest of Utah struggled in poverty, how would the Mormons react?

    If Israel really wants peace, then they need to send aid and education, not missiles and destruction, to Palestine. If Israel wants to end suicide bombers, then stop building luxurious suites right across from a Palestinian ghetto.

    Seeing things through the eyes of a Palestinian would change the situation altogether.

    Unfortunately, Israel is focused only on themselves and the American Christian Right has no interest in helping Palestine. If anything, the increased violence helps the right promote their "rapture" doctrine to further bring the masses (and money) to corrupt televangelists like Pat Robertson and James Dobson who laugh all the way to the bank.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 28, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    “How many schools and homes could have been built with that expenditure of time, money and effort . . . ?”

    We could ask ourselves that as well. And Eisenhower did ask that. He answered it too.

    “The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.” – Dwight Eisenhower

    Eisenhower warned us of the military industrial complex and the damage it can cause our nation if left unchecked.

    Of course, that was back in the days when Republican leaders strived to be actual public servants instead of demagoguing showboats.

    We spend more money on our military than the next eight highest spending nations combined.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 28, 2014 7:45 a.m.

    "I like Bennett. He seems reasonable most of the time."

    I agree. But, that is why he lost his job. Cant have "reasonable" people running our government.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    July 28, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    I like Bennett. He seems reasonable most of the time.

    But this article begs an important question: WHY is it the "real goal" of Hamas "to kill as many Israelis as possible, in as many places as possible, for as long as possible, until Israel was finally destroyed"? - assuming that is a fair description of what Hamas is really about, which is debatable.

    Do Utahns generally, and LDS members specifically, ever consider the Palestinian perspective on this situation?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 28, 2014 5:28 a.m.

    "How many schools and homes could have been built with that expenditure of time, money and effort"

    It is easy to look at foreign countries or organizations and ask such questions.

    How about we start asking these types of questions in the USA before we engage in foreign wars that have little or no affect on us.

    "A good test of an organization’s priorities is what it spends its money on, particularly when money is scarce"

    Using the same logic, what does US spending priorities say about our country? Have you looked at our defense budget lately?

  • David King Layton, UT
    July 28, 2014 5:05 a.m.

    While there are many valid criticisms of Hamas, I don't think "the way they spend their money shows their real priorities" is one we want to pursue very long, unless Senator Bennett is cleverly trying to get us to ask some tough questions about our budget in the US.

    We spend more on defense than the next dozen nations combined. What does that say about us?