Fifteen Billion Dollars

Here's a priceless quote from The Times:

Mohammad Mustafa, chairman of the Palestine Investment Fund, said that the Palestinian Authority had perhaps not maximized the $15 billion in aid donated to it over the years. But he expressed anger at the notion that a United Nations bid was inappropriate.

"Where else can we go?" he asked. "We are in a financial crisis, thousands of our people are in Israeli jails, we can't cross our borders. How long can the world ask us to wait?"

Does Mr. Mustafa know how many poor and suffering nations, dispossessed and otherwise, could make good use of $15 billion? Does he know that whining about a financial crisis after you've squandered $15 billion is unseemly?