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Books instead of guns would help Palestinians


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“CDC issues highest-level travel warning as Ebola spreads

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped up a travel alert for West Africa Thursday é .”

Between the Lines

The deadly Ebola virus has already claimed close to 1,000 lives in Africa this year in what is being called the worst Ebola outbreak ever. The outbreak is centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

As dreadful and dangerous as this virus is, no cases have ever been reported in the United States. In fact, there has never been anyone with Ebola within the borders of the United States until now.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping bring two Ebola-infected patients here for treatment in Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. There is no vaccine against Ebola and no cure for the virus, but treatment for these two victims is focusing on a new serum. By keeping the patient healthy enough, it is hoped the patient will be able to recover on his own.

The humanitarian effort is laudable, but the fear of Ebola spreading worldwide is real.

Although Emory University Hospital is known as one of America’s best, having an Ebola patient in America brings to mind how one little slipup could lead to worldwide disaster. Recall the headlines last month as 12 boxes containing 327 vials of smallpox and other biological samples were discovered at a government lab. Presumably none of these deadly vials ended up in the wrong hands, but while “all precautions” are being taken with these Ebola patients, accidents do happen.

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“Multiple media outlets report that Hamas’s offensive tunnel network -- now known to have been composed of over forty attack tunnels dug underneath Israel’s border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip -- was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays. é”

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One wonders how many hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on creating a labyrinth of sophisticated underground tunnels designed to bring terror and destruction to Israel. How many of those dollars might have come from Americans’ humanitarian aid to Gaza?

There’s a lot that most of us don’t understand about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but when you see massive construction aimed only at destruction, it gives you pause.

What if all that money had been spent, instead, on schools and shelters? Instead of Palestinians being left without a sense of security or any hope in the future, as Palestinian sympathizers like to say, they could start to build a future.

Instead of tunnels, they could have built bunkers for their people like the Israelis have done. New construction in Israel must have bomb shelters.

In Gaza, they could have built schools to teach young people skills and trades to improve their lives. It’s not the average Palestinian population that is the problem. It is the Hamas ruling organization that will not allow peace and progress.

What a far better world it would be if, instead of putting guns in the hands of youth, they would put books.

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