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Muslim Brotherhood Warns U.S. Aid Cut May Affect Egypt’s Peace Treaty With Israel
cnsnews.com ^ | 2-14-2012 | Patrick Goodenough

Posted on 02/14/2012 8:36:39 AM PST by bimboeruption

A top Muslim Brotherhood official has warned that any cuts in U.S. aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel – the latest sign that Egypt’s emerging political forces intend to call Washington’s bluff over the diplomatic dispute triggered by a crackdown on non-governmental organizations.

Egyptian judges have referred 16 Americans and 27 others linked to NGOs for trial, accusing them of using foreign funds to encourage disruptive protests. Among the targeted NGOs whose assets and funds have been seized are the U.S. government-funded International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute.

On Capitol Hill, the chorus of senior lawmakers calling for aid to Egypt to be suspended over the affair is growing, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the funds could be in jeopardy.

So far, the defiant response from Cairo has been attributed mostly to government figures with links to the deposed Mubarak regime, including the anti-Western minister for international cooperation, Fayza Abul-Naga. The military-appointed Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri – who also served during the Mubarak era – told reporters last Wednesday that the authorities “won’t change course because of some aid.”

But now the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which won almost 50 percent of the seats in recent legislative elections and dominates parliamentary committees, is making its position clear, too.

Any U.S. aid cut to Egypt, top MB lawmaker Essam el-Erian told the pan-Arabic al-Hayat newspaper, would violate the U.S.-brokered 1979 peace agreement with Israel.

The Jerusalem Post quoted Erian as saying that if the U.S. cuts aid to Egypt, the MB would consider changing the terms of the peace treaty. He is warning that the U.S. should understand that “what was acceptable before the revolution is no longer.”

Erian chairs the parliamentary foreign affairs committee and is deputy leader of the MB’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

The FJP was an early critic of the crackdown on the NGOs (although it also said Egyptian NGOs should get their funding from Egyptians). But threats to cut U.S. aid appear to have rallied various factions behind the government, feeding into long-held suspicion of and hostility towards the West.

“This is only the beginning of the anti-American populism/nationalism/Islamism we are going to be seeing in Egypt from now on,” Mideast expert Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center in Israel, wrote in a column Sunday.

“What’s amazing is that nobody is pointing out that if an Egyptian government is willing to risk U.S. aid and have a confrontation on this small issue, what are they going to do regarding big issues?’ Rubin said. “What happens when the Egyptian government moves toward Islamism or helps Hamas fight Israel on some level? We have been told that fear of losing U.S. aid will constrain Egypt. But we are now seeing that this simply isn’t true.”

Egyptians don’t want US aid

Among the biggest uncertainties sparked by the toppling of Mubarak a year ago was the future of the peace treaty. After four wars involving the two neighbors – in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 – the treaty negotiated at Camp David led to Israel handing back to Egypt the Sinai Peninsula, an area three times bigger than Israel itself, which it had captured in the 1967 Six Day War.

Although never particularly popular in Egypt, the agreement kept the peace between the former foes for three decades and secured Egypt more than $1.3 billion in U.S. military and economic aid each year.

Legislation signed into law last December ties the provision of $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt in fiscal year 2012 to certification that the government in Cairo “is supporting the transition to civilian government including holding free and fair elections; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association, and religion, and due process of law.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s foreign operations subcommittee, inserted the language. He warned this month that the NGO clampdown would affect the certification requirements.

Other lawmakers who have warned the aid is in jeopardy include House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s foreign operations subcommittee; and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

A Gallup poll, released last week, but conducted before the furor over the NGO prosecutions, found that a large majority of Egyptians – 71 percent – are opposed to U.S. aid.

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Egyptian students shout anti-military slogans during a protest at Cairo University on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Egyptian authorities accuse U.S. and other foreign-funded non-governmental organizations of formenting protests in the country. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

(CNSNews.com) – A top Muslim Brotherhood official has warned that any cuts in U.S. aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel – the latest sign that Egypt’s emerging political forces intend to call Washington’s bluff over the diplomatic dispute triggered by a crackdown on non-governmental organizations.

Egyptian judges have referred 16 Americans and 27 others linked to NGOs for trial, accusing them of using foreign funds to encourage disruptive protests. Among the targeted NGOs whose assets and funds have been seized are the U.S. government-funded International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute.

On Capitol Hill, the chorus of senior lawmakers calling for aid to Egypt to be suspended over the affair is growing, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the funds could be in jeopardy.

So far, the defiant response from Cairo has been attributed mostly to government figures with links to the deposed Mubarak regime, including the anti-Western minister for international cooperation, Fayza Abul-Naga. The military-appointed Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri – who also served during the Mubarak era – told reporters last Wednesday that the authorities “won’t change course because of some aid.”

But now the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which won almost 50 percent of the seats in recent legislative elections and dominates parliamentary committees, is making its position clear, too. Egypt

Egyptians pass a police checkpoint near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Any U.S. aid cut to Egypt, top MB lawmaker Essam el-Erian told the pan-Arabic al-Hayat newspaper, would violate the U.S.-brokered 1979 peace agreement with Israel.

The Jerusalem Post quoted Erian as saying that if the U.S. cuts aid to Egypt, the MB would consider changing the terms of the peace treaty. He is warning that the U.S. should understand that “what was acceptable before the revolution is no longer.”

Erian chairs the parliamentary foreign affairs committee and is deputy leader of the MB’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

The FJP was an early critic of the crackdown on the NGOs (although it also said Egyptian NGOs should get their funding from Egyptians). But threats to cut U.S. aid appear to have rallied various factions behind the government, feeding into long-held suspicion of and hostility towards the West.

“This is only the beginning of the anti-American populism/nationalism/Islamism we are going to be seeing in Egypt from now on,” Mideast expert Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center in Israel, wrote in a column Sunday.

“What’s amazing is that nobody is pointing out that if an Egyptian government is willing to risk U.S. aid and have a confrontation on this small issue, what are they going to do regarding big issues?’ Rubin said. “What happens when the Egyptian government moves toward Islamism or helps Hamas fight Israel on some level? We have been told that fear of losing U.S. aid will constrain Egypt. But we are now seeing that this simply isn’t true.”

Egyptians don’t want US aid

Among the biggest uncertainties sparked by the toppling of Mubarak a year ago was the future of the peace treaty. After four wars involving the two neighbors – in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 – the treaty negotiated at Camp David led to Israel handing back to Egypt the Sinai Peninsula, an area three times bigger than Israel itself, which it had captured in the 1967 Six Day War.

Although never particularly popular in Egypt, the agreement kept the peace between the former foes for three decades and secured Egypt more than $1.3 billion in U.S. military and economic aid each year.

Legislation signed into law last December ties the provision of $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt in fiscal year 2012 to certification that the government in Cairo “is supporting the transition to civilian government including holding free and fair elections; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association, and religion, and due process of law.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s foreign operations subcommittee, inserted the language. He warned this month that the NGO clampdown would affect the certification requirements.

Other lawmakers who have warned the aid is in jeopardy include House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s foreign operations subcommittee; and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

A Gallup poll, released last week, but conducted before the furor over the NGO prosecutions, found that a large majority of Egyptians – 71 percent – are opposed to U.S. aid.

About half of the poll respondents said they supported Egypt receiving aid from international institutions, and 68 percent were in favor of aid from other Arab countries.

James Lindsay, senior vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, argued that while Americans would naturally be upset if the recipients of their hard earned money are ungrateful, “gratitude isn’t the primary objective of U.S. foreign aid”

“Washington doles out aid primarily based on calculations about how to advance U.S. strategic interests. And the United States certainly has great interests at stake in how Egypt’s political transition plays out even if it doesn’t have a lot of influence over where it ends up.”

Over the past year, Americans’ views of Egypt have deteriorated significantly. A Gallup poll a year ago found favorable ratings had dropped from 58 percent in 2010 to 40 percent a year later, with more Americans having a negative than a positive view of Egypt for the first time since Gallup began polling the issue in 1991.

The trend was borne out in a survey by the Arab American Institute (AAI), released on Thursday, in which only 33 percent of respondents said their attitudes regarding Egypt were favorable, compared to 34 percent who said they viewed Egypt unfavorable light.

The AAI said Egypt’s favorable ratings among Americans in polls since the 1990s had been much higher – between 55-65 percent.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: egypt; egyptmb; foreignaid; israel; muslimbrotherhood; muslims
So now if we don't keep sending the Muslim Brotherhood money, the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel is in jeopardy?
1 posted on 02/14/2012 8:36:53 AM PST by bimboeruption
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To: bimboeruption

Wait for it.... wait for it...

and there he goes. Deep bow and hands over an American taxpayer funded check.


2 posted on 02/14/2012 8:39:13 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: bimboeruption

And US soldiers will be caught in the middle. It is mostly US soldiers who protect that treaty.

They’re called the Multinational Force and observers. I was deployed there in 2006.


3 posted on 02/14/2012 8:40:24 AM PST by And2TheRepublic (People like freedom of speech, but only when it's sweet to their ears.)
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To: bimboeruption

Sooner or later, Muslim “brotherhood” you’re gonna get the chance to become martyrs.

Up yours, and see you soon, buttholes. (I know you’re all familiar with those things....)


4 posted on 02/14/2012 8:43:02 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: bimboeruption

What, was the $800 million in the budget not enough?


5 posted on 02/14/2012 8:44:06 AM PST by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: bimboeruption

Blackmail...or muslim-mail. Let them try, I would love to see Israel kick butt again!


6 posted on 02/14/2012 8:44:30 AM PST by DonkeyBonker
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To: Cowgirl of Justice; And2TheRepublic

From the article: “A Gallup poll, released last week, but conducted before the furor over the NGO prosecutions, found that a large majority of Egyptians – 71 percent – are opposed to U.S. aid.”

If 71% of Egyptians don’t want our $$$, why are we still sending it to them?


7 posted on 02/14/2012 8:45:00 AM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: bimboeruption
B52s still have a place. Simply start flying them over the Great Western Desert. Each day they get closer and closer to the Nile.

Probably cost several billion to do this, but it'd get their attention ~ probably foment a rebellion or two ~ no need to even bomb anybody with anything. Send up a modified AWACS plane to broadcast on all TV channels in Egypt pictures of B52s in Nam dropping big bombs.

Send the Egyptian government a bill for the cost of the project.

8 posted on 02/14/2012 8:45:05 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: bimboeruption

Hahahahahahaha - like the muslim brotherhood is interested in peace with Israel.

Didn’t know they did stand-up jihad comedy.


9 posted on 02/14/2012 8:45:40 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: bimboeruption

Muslims are allowed to lie, so any treaty involving a muzzie is worthless. Eff em.


10 posted on 02/14/2012 8:48:00 AM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: bimboeruption

Nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


11 posted on 02/14/2012 8:48:09 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (How ironic that Ann Coulter should write a book called Treason.)
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To: bimboeruption

When private citizens try this stuff, it’s called blackmail, among other ugly names.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 8:50:35 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: bimboeruption

Sure would be a shame if an accident befell the Aswan High Dam.


13 posted on 02/14/2012 8:50:50 AM PST by Truth29
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Would that be the Israel that the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t recognize. While we’re at it. Send me $1,000,000 or Lapland gets it.


14 posted on 02/14/2012 8:52:18 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Would that be the Israel that the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t recognize. While we’re at it. Send me $1,000,000 or Lapland gets it.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 8:52:41 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: F15Eagle

Exactly - if we continue the AID the mohammaden brother hood will break the treaty with Israel sooner or later any way. So lets get this over with on our terms and time schedule. No more AID!


16 posted on 02/14/2012 8:56:16 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: bimboeruption

Sending money to Egypt is like tossing it in the toilet.

Muslim Blackmail at work.


17 posted on 02/14/2012 8:58:27 AM PST by Venturer
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
"Affirmative."
18 posted on 02/14/2012 8:59:11 AM PST by EEGator
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To: Red_Devil 232

A couple nice big ones into the Awsan dam will get their attention.


19 posted on 02/14/2012 8:59:11 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: bimboeruption
What "cut" in aid? Obama's budget sets aside $800 million in NEW aid to the Muslim Brotherhood!
20 posted on 02/14/2012 9:04:05 AM PST by montag813
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To: bimboeruption
Infidel America will continue to pay the international Jizyah tax, or else.
21 posted on 02/14/2012 9:08:44 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: bimboeruption
BROTHERS
22 posted on 02/14/2012 9:08:44 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: bimboeruption
I think I understand this:

1. We (The Muslim Brotherhood) are committed to the destruction of Israel. This is our philosophy and central to our beliefs and goals.
2. If you do not send us money we are committed to the destruction of Israel.

Why are we sending them money?

23 posted on 02/14/2012 9:09:50 AM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: bimboeruption
In the Quran, infidels are supposed to pay jizya (protection money/tribute) to buy peace with Muslims. Not paying the jizya means that the Muslims are free to attack.

Kipling wrote a poem on this sort of thing. He called it Danegeld.

In the next Egypt/Israeli war, Israel should not stop until they hit Cairo. They should then declare that the Sinai is being held in perpetuity as a buffer zone, and invite Egypt's Copts to move there and set up lots of tourist hangouts on the Med and Red Sea beaches.

24 posted on 02/14/2012 9:10:27 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: bimboeruption

President Dumba$$ and Witch Hildegard did it agian! Well done Dummycrats! You once again, effed the US. You should be proud.


25 posted on 02/14/2012 9:13:59 AM PST by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: PapaBear3625

“In the next Egypt/Israeli war, Israel should not stop until they hit Cairo. They should then declare that the Sinai is being held in perpetuity as a buffer zone, and invite Egypt’s Copts to move there and set up lots of tourist hangouts on the Med and Red Sea beaches.”

The poor Copts are being exterminated and the silence from our elected officials and presidential candidates is deafening.


26 posted on 02/14/2012 9:16:13 AM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Truth29
Sure would be a shame if an accident befell the Aswan High Dam.

You mean the future Nile Kayak Cataracts?
27 posted on 02/14/2012 9:19:54 AM PST by aruanan
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To: bimboeruption

Ok. Send the aid to Israel.


28 posted on 02/14/2012 9:20:43 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: crosshairs
The right to lie while agreeing to treaties is written right into the Hamas Covenant which is widely accepted as the blueprint for a caliphate constitution.

Hamas Covenant 1988
29 posted on 02/14/2012 9:24:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: All

We could solve many of the world’s problems very simply:
Stop paying lazy people to breed and stop paying bad people to not bleed...


30 posted on 02/14/2012 9:26:45 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: FrankR
Super Muzzy Bros.

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31 posted on 02/14/2012 9:27:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: bimboeruption
Tell the Muzzies to stick it where the sun don't shine.

Money from U.S. won't be going for aid to the people. It will be going toward effort to destroy Israel.

32 posted on 02/14/2012 9:28:15 AM PST by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: bimboeruption

A top Muslim Brotherhood official has warned that any cuts in U.S. aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel****

Note to Obama...”PAY UP or we will be forced to attack and be defeated by Israel-AGAIN!”


33 posted on 02/14/2012 9:38:12 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: bimboeruption
Muslim Brotherhood Warns U.S. Aid Cut May Affect Egypt’s Peace Treaty With Israel

And, thus, it begins. Is anyone REALLY surprised by this?

ANYone!!???

34 posted on 02/14/2012 9:44:09 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: bimboeruption
If 71% of Egyptians don’t want our $$$, why are we still sending it to them?

Great question!! The fact is that the taxpayer money the American government has doled out to the rest of the world since the end of WWII to buy us "friends", has bought us nothing but scorn and derision. Most countries receiving our foreign aid don't like us, but they are addicted to the money; kind of like an addict to crack.

One of the things we need to END immediately is foreign aid.

35 posted on 02/14/2012 9:48:36 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: bimboeruption

Ah, Danegeld. Always popular. I’m sure O’ll bend over. Til November, at which time he’ll be sent packing.


36 posted on 02/14/2012 10:13:48 AM PST by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: bimboeruption
Either we pay Egypt the Jizya or they go to war against non-Muslims abroad, while still kidnapping Americans and killing Copts.
37 posted on 02/14/2012 10:46:11 AM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: xtinct
Tell the Muzzies to stick it where the sun don't shine.

Ah, but the sun DOES shine there whenever they bend over on their prayer rugs.

38 posted on 02/14/2012 11:33:08 AM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't mind you hitting me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi.)
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To: bimboeruption

Violence is the only dignified response to blackmail.


39 posted on 02/14/2012 1:14:04 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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