President Obama has said he intends to place more emphasis on diplomacy - and, presumably, less on military power - to pursue the nation's foreign policies. We suggest that good places for Obama to start would be in the capitals of Middle Eastern nations where Islamic terrorism's bankers - many of them in government - reside.
Among the first actions taken by Hamas terrorist leaders in Gaza, once Israeli troops left, was to begin handing out money to those whose homes were damaged in the conflict there. According to The Associated Press, Hamas leaders in Gaza have pledged to provide $52 million for rebuilding. They also have said they are busy replenishing their stocks of rockets and mortar shells, in order to resume dropping them on Israel.
Gaza is among the poorest places in the world. Where is Hamas getting its money?
That has been obvious for years: Many leaders of Middle Eastern countries - while claiming to be our allies in the campaign against terrorism - send enormous amounts of money to Hamas and similar organizations. If terrorist groups are to be defeated, that needs to end.