Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Fuches Index For March
Quantifying What The Palestinians Have Done With Half A Homeland

  • Year Israel Gave Gaza Back To The Palestinians: 2005
  • Number Of Israeli Settlers They Forcibly Removed To Do So: 10,000
  • Number Of Rockets The Gazans Have Launched At Israel Since Then: 4,000
  • Number Of Seconds Residents Of The Israeli Town Of Sderot Have To Seek Shelter After The Sirens Go Off, But Before The Rockets Hit: 16
  • Population Of The Israeli Town Of Ashkelon: 117,000
  • Number Of Rockets Per Day That Fall On Ashkelon: 50
  • Year In Which Hamas (Which Participates In No Peace Process And Is Dedicated To The Destruction Of Israel) Seized Control Of Gaza From Mahmoud Abbas And His Moderate Fatah: 2007
  • Year Since Which Rockets Have Been Bombarding Israel From Gaza: 2005
  • Year Of First Terror Attack Launched By The PLO Against Israel: 1964
  • Year In Which Israel Came Into Possession Of Gaza And The West Bank: 1967
  • Year In Which Israel Imposed A Blockade On Gaza: 2008
  • Number Of Protests From Human Rights Groups And Governments And The UN About "Collective Punishment" Since Then: Countless
  • Number Of Months Israeli Residents Of Sderot Have Been Suffering Ceaseless Aerial Bombardment: 24
  • Number Of Words Of Comfort For Israelis In Sderot From Those Same Human Rights Groups &c.: Precious Few
  • Number Of Israeli Teenaged Seminary Students Gunned Down By A Palestinian In East Jerusalem Last Week: 8
  • Percentage Of Palestinians Who Approved Of This Attack, According To The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research: 84
  • Number Of Celebrants That Poured Into The Streets In The West Bank And Gaza (Dancing And Handing Out Candy To Children): Thousands
  • Number Of Recorded Celebrations In The Israeli Streets Over A Counter-Terrorism Incursion Into Gaza: 0
  • Number Of Terrorist Organisations Iran Supports With Funding, Equipment, Weapons, And Training In Pursuit Of The Destruction Of Israel: At Least 4 (Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade)

  iran     israel     middle east     terrorism     the un  
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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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