June 24, 2003

WHY YOU’D ALMOST THINK THEY WANTED TO KEEP THINGS CHAOTIC IN THE MIDEAST:

State Department and White House sources tell TIME the U.S. has lodged complaints that Paris is turning a blind eye to fund raising in France by front organizations for Hamas, the terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for most of the recent wave of suicide attacks. The U.S. also claims France is blocking European Union efforts to restrict these front groups elsewhere. “There’s a lot of intelligence to suggest that the French have become increasingly a conduit for funds to Hamas and that they’re just not taking the steps that are necessary,” says a State official. Some Administration hard-liners suspect the French of positioning themselves to influence the Arab-Israeli peace process by leveraging Hamas’ European funding.

It can’t actually be true that the French are backing the bad guys everywhere, can it? Because it sure seems that way.