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Roger Simon reflects on the latest US peace safari to the Middle East, this one featuring White House envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt:

...the Palestinians and the [North Koreans] do have much in common.  They create crises and threaten to blow up the Middle East and/or the world in order to extort as much money as possible from the West, including the ever-generous Uncle Sam, only to knife him in the back and start all over again.

So what are Messrs. Kushner and Greenblatt to do?  At minimum, start over, don't repeat the Oslo pattern, and heed the words of H. L. Mencken who famously said, "When they say it's not about the money, it's about the money."  And, boy, this is about the money.

Cut it off.

The Palestinians will, of course, scream. They will wail about their poor, suffering people, Gaza, etc.  Kushner and Greenblatt should tell them to sell their fancy suits and Mercedes and empty their Swiss bank accounts if they're really so worried about the poor Palestinians. That will shut them up fast.

And if they threaten violence, which assuredly they will, rattling on about a third -- or is it fifth -- Intifada, just shrug.  The IDF exists for a reason.

Simon's column can be read in full via the link below.

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Salute diversity!

hmas albatross senior officers


An old salt and Quadrant reader writes in favour of a gender-diverse military:

…many people are decrying the ADF's emphasis on diverse recruiting, but as a RAN veteran and conservative male I want to state for the record that I not only support the policy but want to see it extended. 

Before you put this email in the rubbish bin look at this newspaper report about HMAS Albatross I have attached, and do notice the one thing the sailors in the photo have in common.

Some gender diversity would be appreciated.

When you read the article also notice the commanding officer's background. I don't question that she is a very competent officer. Let me say, though, I am surprised that a background in military law opened the door to the CO's office at an operational naval air base.

As to there not being a single male among what the news report at the link below describes as "the air station's all female command team" (pictured above), it must be nothing more than a coincidence. It is not as if the ADF has set out to socially re-engineer its upper ranks. Perish the thought!

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