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Quite right ! Excellent !

The "follow the money" suggestion is surely the most viable solution. Since so much is known about patrimony of the bad actors, does it make sense to incentivize cyber sleuths and whistleblowers to find the money by offering them huge rewards based on a percentage of whatever is recovered ? It seems to me that cyber sleuths and whistleblowers are better at this than most law enforcement agencies.

Regarding the "template" comments, they are obviously well founded. How can the world deal with such a threat ? Must there be enhanced security and surveillance to thwart future 9/11 and 10/7 attacks ? And how should democracies deal with perpetrators be they individuals, organizations or states ? Are the current legal approaches still valid in when dealing with such threats ? We already live in a Kafkaesque and 1984 world, must we tolerate more controls over our daily lives to enable us to live in peace and thwart bad actors ? Since sanctions and limited military strikes are not severely hurting the bad actors nor thwarting their nefarious conduct what will work ? Over to your readers !

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

There can be little doubt of the validity of the charges against Hamas and its leaders as set out in this piece. One is left, therefore, to wonder why the government of Israel has found it valuable to continue to fund Hamas, proudly justifying this support as being of benefit to the state of Israel. One also wonders why the people of Gaza, and their housing and social infrastructure have been so aggressively targeted by the Israeli war machine, when, clearly, it is the leadership, living like kings in countries well within reach of Israeli arms or covert operations, who are the problem, or so we are led to believe. There is much going on here which is, apparently, beyond investigation or discussion. That is truly a shame.

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Hamas leaders in Qatar wallowing in riches as Palestinians beg for the basics of existence. Exacerbated by a vicious attack on a much more powerful foe. The people of Gaza are puppets, pawns in a horrific 3D chess game. You named the players.

As the MSM now shifts to mourning the deaths of thousands of "innocents" in Gaza, the real villains seem to escape view. Thanks for publishing this. I had no idea. And 99% of the world has no idea.

I can't contain my disgust.

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Thank you Diane…👍

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Excellent as always

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Thank you, Diane, for providing the economic details which allow us to avoid getting sucked in to dim witted media narrative of liberation and brotherhood. Carry on providing data on which to base political judgments contrary to the sanctimonious university elites.

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Just in case you need additional motivation to wish the eradication of Hamas, listen to the son of one of the founders of Hamas at the UN.

https://youtu.be/pjOEJumoABg

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Nov 28, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Diane....the insight you provide is unappareled and the information that is offered in easily digestible capsule form is superb because few people have the time or interest in pulling it all together as you do,

BUT the problems you identify with corrupt leaders and spokesmen for these various nefarious groups seeking to profit from and exploit the sentiments of human beings living under very dire and difficult conditions is a problem that powerful and rich countries and groupings - such as the U.S., G-7, EU - should deal with rather than bemoan........not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it will reduce the risk of major conflagrations that may prove more costly than the cost of meeting it head-on.

Whether we like to hear it or not, the war in Ukraine has not scrubbed the underlying detritus that has knee-capped Ukraine's ability to develop as a normal country......whether in the form of traitors or profiteers or power seekers or merely placement of incompetent officials through political patronage and nepotism. And the future of Ukraine will remain at risk if this problem is allowed to continue.

In like manner, the downtrodden residents of Gaza and Palestinians in the West Bank will continue to turn to their mafioso leaders if no action is taken to remove them and support those who are prepared - assuming the Israeli government is also prepared (though it has not been for a very long time) - to deal seriously with the economic and political issues that have been exploited by the likes of Hamas.

The other day, one of the very small Russian groups opposing Putin disclosed the fact that Putin may own as many as 9 yachts. Shouldn't this information (with supporting evidence and photos) be disseminated through every means possible to Russian citizens so that - the next time they are denied medical treatment for lack of funding - they visualize 9 luxurious yachts?

We must always keep in mind that the vast majority of people want the same thing - a fair shake in life - and will support those who come with clean hands rather than follow bomb throwers. But they can do nothing to change their entrenched mafia except complain. Perhaps we in the West, with the resources, information, and skills we have at our disposal, can do more than simply bind wounds and send truckloads of aid. We should be filtering out the goats from the sheep and putting maximum support behind those that can make a real difference for the benefit of their followers. Let's root out the cause of these problems rather than simply trim them.

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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Yes, strangling them is the preferred route as the blood spilled will not be highly visible over the decade it will take IF and when it succeeds. Over the decade of strangulation unlimited other bad guys will still pop up to harass the planet. The “Shooting them now” method will be visibly costly in blood, but it will be much quicker and it is likely the strangulation method would still result in becoming a shooting competition.

In any case, shooting has “tentatively” begun. It should be exploited in earnest while the advantage is still with the “good” guys…. It will also set a real example to many “up and comers”. Time is not on our side!!!

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Nov 28, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Appears that the 'free' world got caught with their pants down - complacent or budget cuts - whatever. Biden was 'slow' to read the terrorist 'tea' leaves OR our so-called 'security' level is depleted of 'smart & focused' personnel. WE are all in danger - Europe MUST act whether a NATO member or not - get those jets into UKRAINE - start there. HIT Moscow - start there - GET MAD & show these evil organizations there is NO hope for them!

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Absolutely brilliant Diane. So vile Hamas leaders all about money Biden far too wishy-washy about the attacks and as for Irish President and Taoiseach Varadkar being anti Israeli. Perhaps the rest of the Jews abducted will not be released

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