Gaza Strip Violence

Given the alternatives, we are lucky with respect to the nations that sit on our border. Canada is a relatively peaceful country. We have our differences, but neither Canada nor the United States have much interest in changing or robbing the other. We each are content to trade for what we want from the other.

Mexico is a relatively poor country. The Spanish people who settled Mexico, and the Indians who were already there have never quite gotten things together. Since we have a long border with Mexico, the troubles that beset Mexico tend to seep into our nation. I also suppose some Mexicans still harbor resentment against the United States. Even though no one now alive remembers those wars, Texas and later the United States once warred with Mexico. Both Texas and the United States seized huge amounts of land that once belonged to Mexico. Anger over that seizure still sits on top of the cultural and racial animosities that some people seem prey to. Nevertheless, many Mexicans have become good citizens of the United States. So the hatred doesn’t seem to amount to so much it cannot be overcome.

Israel is not so blessed. Currently, Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, and Lebanon provide havens for blood-thirsty terrorists, including some who are quite able and willing to shoot missiles into Israel. The notion that the government of Israel should do virtually nothing about terrorists who hate the people of Israel enough to kill them is obscene. Yet there are Americans who inexplicably have that attitude. So please go see what Tricia has to say about it.

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The Trump administration held a ceremony today in Jerusalem to mark the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the ancient city.  Unsurprisingly, a mass swarm of protestors charged the border fence that separates Gaza and Israel, under the direction of Hamas, the terrorist organization that’s governed the area since its violent takeover from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.

Israel responded as you might expect any country whose borders were under siege to, by shooting the attackers, killing 58 and wounding over a thousand.  Multiple warnings were given days ahead of the shootings and it’s difficult to believe the border rushers didn’t know exactly what they would face.

Predictably, the usual suspects within the UN and Western press are blaming Israel, calling on them to “steady their response” and comparing Trump’s embassy move to a lit match that blew…

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The Education Question

If you need some good arguments for school choice, here is some excellent material. Check out the comments too.

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I used to work as a teacher before changing career. Here is a short video to introduce today’s post:

Education in the US and UK is a vexed question. The answer of the Left is to keep private business out of education, to throw more money at the system, and to insist on theoretical models that treat children as objects to be manipulated, rather than human beings with free will. Whenever the Conservative government raises the suggestion of bringing back Grammar Schools, the suggestion is met with opprobrium and charges that such a system hurts the poor – when in fact such school allow intelligent children from poorer backgrounds to learn skills that will aid their social mobility.

Education, because it involves humans, needs to be understood holistically, not just in economic terms (although they are relevant). One of the reasons why the free market is relevant to this debate…

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The Joint Korean Declaration

lobotero offers a sober assessment of The Joint Korean Declaration. Have to agree.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un heads a totalitarian state. Any dictator has a tiger by the tail. When one rules his people as brutally as that man, to relax his grip on the tail is death, sure and certain death. He knows that. So don’t expect much.

So what is responsible for relations that appear to be thawing? Kim Jong-un’s nuclear testing has become a liability. Look it up.


There are some doubts about the matter, but the mountain under which the North Koreans were testing their nukes seems to have collapsed. If so, then the Chinese are obviously worried about radiation leaks. If we consider Japan, an earthquake, a tidal wave, and leaking nuclear reactors, and we start to get the picture. It is a similar problem.

Because Rocket Man lives in its immediate neighborhood, it would appear China may have decided that Rocket Man’s nukes are probably a greater threat to them than they are to us. So my guess (and that is all it is) is that Rocket Man is looking to get the best deal for something he is going to have to do anyway, get rid of his nukes.

What will be interesting is what Russia learns from this. Will Putin reconsider the calculus of an Iran with nukes? Is an Iran with nukes a greater liability to Russia or to Iran’s sworn enemies? Iran does not border Russia. Iran is not even close to Russia. However, the nations between Iran and Russia will not appreciate it when Iran starts testing its nukes. Will those nations have enough leverage with Putin to cause him to abandon Iran? In the near future? Probably not.

So what about Kim Jong-un? Totalitarian states are extremely ruthless and deadly, and they leave immense wreckage in their wake. Indifferent to suffering, focused solely on the acquisition and retention of power, their leaders see everything and everyone about them as just a thing to be used up and discarded. Therefore, their leaders always leave a legacy of ruin to all who must have anything to do with them. Because he perceives any weakening of his power as a personal threat, any deal with Kim Jong-un has to leave him no other choice except to abide by it or die. Are we prepared to leave Rocket Man no other choice? Are the Chinese prepared to help?

Look at the example of the two most dangerous tyrants of the last century. Why did Stalin and Hitler turn on each other so ferociously? Why was the Eastern Front such a merciless and bloody ordeal? Each tyrant knew too much about the character of the other. Each knew the other had to be destroyed. Once they seized Poland, there was no middle ground between them.

Because all he seeks is power, there is no middle ground between us and Kim Jong-un, but people seek peace, unwilling to pay the cost until men such as Kim Jong-un leave them no other choice.

In Saner Thought

Last week the two leaders of the Korean Peninsula met at the DMZ and the world was hopeful……the chance are that their negotiations could bring an end to many decades of animosities toward each other.

Below is the link to the text of the declaration which I offer for people to see that these are great proposals……the problem is it is short on  specifics.  If this turns out to be a good thing and peace is found it will not be this year or even next…..

The following is an unofficial translation of the full text of a joint declaration signed and issued by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the end of their bilateral summit held Friday at the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom inside the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas.

Please do not start handing out the Nobel…

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