Exploratory hypothesis

Sam Smith 2007 – Imagine if we had told Israel and Palestine a few years ago that if they would just make nice we would give them enough money to equal Israel’s GDP for one year and Palestine’s for three. Take the time off, go to the Riviera or the Catskills, forget about productivity, and just party thanks to the American taxpayer. Or if Israel and Palestine wanted to be really sensible, they could have invested in their country’s future instead.

Think how much safer we would be today.

But where would such a large sum of money come from?

Well, gentle reader, all we would have had to have done was to cancel the planned invasion of Iraq and used the money as a carrot rather than as a bludgeon. For that is just what it has cost us so far.

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