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Your tax dollars at work

By Michael Freund
11/18/2008, 12:00 AM


The police will be providing security today for reputed criminals planning to attend another criminal's burial. Does this make sense to anybody out there?
In a classic mob-style hit yesterday in Tel Aviv, reputed mafia chieftain Yaakov Alperon was killed in broad daylight when an explosive device went off as he got into his car.

According to Israeli media reports, various leading underworld figures are expected to attend Alperon's funeral today, and since police fear the outbreak of an "all-out mob war", they will be out in large numbers to provide security at the event.

Yes - you read that correctly. The police will be providing security today for reputed criminals planning to attend another criminal's burial.

Does this make sense to anybody out there?

Hmmm, let's see. The government says it doesn't have enough money to protect Jewish communities adjacent to Gaza from Palestinian rocket fire, and it claims it lacks the funds to invest in improving the country's hospitals, schools and other vital infrastructure.

It also insists that the police lack the necessary manpower to enforce traffic laws or crack down on crime.

But when it comes to safeguarding members of the mob, there seems to be no problem marshalling up the necessary funds.

It is nice to see our tax dollars being put to good use.