In other news in the GOP race, independent Senator Joseph Lieberman has endorsed Republican Senator John McCain for president. Lieberman said McCain is “a leader who can break through the partisan gridlock.” Lieberman was a Democrat up until 2006 and was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000.
Huckabee Equates Environmentalism With Pornography
Meanwhile the past writings and comments of Republican Mike Huckabee are coming under increasing scrutiny now that he has become the Republican frontrunner in Iowa. In 1998 Huckabee published a children’s book that equated environmentalism with pornography. The book was titled “Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence.” Huckabee wrote: “Abortion, environmentalism, AIDS, pornography, drug abuse, and homosexual activism have fragmented and polarized our communities.” Huckabee also equated homosexuality to necrophilia. He wrote: “It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations—from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia.”
International Donors Pledge $7.4 Billion to the Palestinians
International donors have pledged 7.4 billion dollars to the Palestinians during a one-day conference in France aimed to help stabilize the Palestinian economy. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the financial support is needed to prevent a total catastrophe in the West Bank and Gaza. Monday’s meeting was rejected by Hamas. Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said international aid should not be politicized.
Fawzi Barhoum: “We welcome political, monetary and media support to the Palestinian people, to all the Palestinian people, but we refuse for this monetary support to be politicized and money that comes with conditions or follows the American and Israeli agenda and to be tied with the progress of the Palestinian Authority on the ground, meaning to carry out security roles as part of the ‘road map’ which means the destruction of Hamas and the resistance.”
Israeli Air Strikes Kill 12 in Gaza
Meanwhile thousands of mourners took to streets of Gaza earlier today to bury their dead after Israeli air strikes killed 12 Palestinians including a senior commander of the group Islamic Jihad. Israel claimed all of the Palestinians killed were militants.