POLITICS, REASON AND GAY MARRIAGE

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  The reaction by conservative religious leaders and political commentators to the decision by the ALP on gay marriage has been that this tilt will imperil the party at the next Federal election. It may well do. But the reasons supplied are shocking arguments against a call for legitimising gay marriage. I am not a member of the Left-wing intelligentsia, I am not gay and I am not standing for political office. I am, however, a believer in clear reasoning; and what has been written on the subject cries out – if not to Heaven, then to the intellect –…

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EFRAIM’S KARSH’S TOUR DE FORCE ON EL-NAKBA

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In four decades of reading about international affairs and Middle Eastern geopolitics, I do not think I have come across a work of history that more fully illuminated the true sources of Palestinian terrorism and irresolvable conflict with the realities of Israel than does Efraim Karsh’s Palestine Betrayed. If ever a book merited the description tour de force, this is it. The pity of it is that only those who are already favourably disposed to the state of Israel are likely to so much as read it – and most of those will probably skim it, not really absorbing the…

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THE FUTURE OF THE ADF

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“…the laudably intentioned words ‘Defence Forces’ have created a most injurious and widely spread feeling that our Army’s duty is, so to speak, to sit in trenches and await attack…Nothing could be more grotesquely far from the real needs of the situation…Our field army must be in the highest degree mobile, ready to concentrate anywhere, march anywhere and fight anywhere – not everywhere.” – Colonel James Whiteside McCay, Director of Intelligence (1911)[i]   “We must be careful to ensure that technology does not give an illusion of progress – we cannot afford to maintain outdated ways of thinking, organizing and…

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