The heavy bombardment of Gaza will not advance the prospect of peace in the region. It will simply widen the gap between the two sides, and inflict horrendous civilian casualties.
All this will bring in its wake hatred and encourage extremists on both sides to settle the conflict by force of arms.
The last time Israel used its ground forces to invade Gaza it resulted in a humanitarian tragedy which shocked the entire world. Netanyahu should think and ponder before he considers his next move.
Any subjugation of either side will not lead to a peaceful settlement of this highly explosive situation. Common sense and goodwill must prevail.
Hamas should temper their response and both sides should call a halt to this brutal and senseless onslaught.
President Obama should use his influence to restrain his ally Israel, and the Arab world should equally do the same with Hamas.
No good will come out of a bitter escalation of the present conflict.
We must all hope that no further tragedies engulf the area. For it is always the innocents who pay a heavy price. We have had enough killings already and nothing has been achieved so far.
Let us therefore give diplomacy a chance for I believe salvation is knocking at the door. Please open it if you truly belong to the human race.
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I am relieved to hear that Pippa’s party book has bombed, not only in the UK but also in the US.
The poor sales in both countries will come as a great shock to Penguin after paying her an astronomical advance of £400,000.
On Amazon it is languishing at #226, falling almost fifty places since last week despite its price being slashed by half to £12.
I honestly believe that Penguin was irresponsible to have paid out a ridiculous sum of money for a silly book only because of the author’s royal connection, at a time when the book trade is bleeding profusely and independent publishers struggling to keep afloat.
Penguin sent the wrong message to everyone connected with the world of books, and consequently is likely to pay a heavy price for an insensitive decision to flout a bitter economic recession.
Had the book succeeded it would have encouraged others to follow suit and plunge the trade into an abyss of mediety from which it would hardly recover.
Hence my opening gambit at feeling great relief at the demise of the book.
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Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing at Wembley was a brilliantly orchestrated show, where the contestants did their very best to avoid being sent home.
However, it was notable for the fact that Denise van Outen, who has repeatedly surprised the judges with her slick and creative dancing, did the double – bagging the first three tens and the highest score of the series so far, with thirty-nine points.
She should have scored forty, had Craig, the fearlessly controversial judge who earlier conceded that it was the best Charleston he’s ever seen on the show, given her ten instead of nine. I thought he was being contrary for the sake of it.
Singer Kimberley Walsh, the Girls Aloud star, bounced back from the great shock of nearly being voted off by the public the weekend before. She has been outstanding, among the highest scorers, and displayed throughout a sexually enhanced dancing technique that made her shapely form sizzle with carnal desire. Her Samba was to die for, whereas gold-medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who appeared on a flying bike and danced a Paso Doble, was much below her recent form and came bottom of the leaderboard.
The battle-weary BBC excels with shows of this nature and should never be written off so casually by its critics. Let us sincerely hope that it will regroup and reform and continue to provide the nation with such fabulous entertainment, as well as programmes of a more serious nature to enrich our knowledge and highlight the ills of society with the courage and determination it has demonstrated since its formation ninety years ago.
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I bought a copy of the Sunday Express yesterday to read a review of Brian Sewell’s Outsider II by Jane Clinton.
I don’t know the lady but her review is brilliantly constructed to give the reader a clear view of what the book is about, as well as an enlightened and perceptive character study of the author.
I was duly impressed as I can tell that she read the book avidly, and wrote her piece without the usual farting about that some critics engage in so as to impress the reader with their intellect and self-importance.
I applaud the fact that she did her homework properly before putting pen to paper.