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Par Avion

Cutting Edge?

Johannesburg Koen de Regt: As a frequent plane passenger, I often have to go through the charade of the “security theatre” before boarding a flight. I have lost many nail clippers—everyone knows how dangerous those things are in the hands of a terrorist. Why then, I wonder, do they still serve dinner with steel knives and forks in business class? Do airline companies assume that terrorists can only afford a seat in economy class?

The Economist

Belated Sirhood

saxmundham, suffolk Andrew Cripps: You suggest that a knighthood could be imminent for Andy Murray, following his performance in this year's Davis Cup, leading the British team to victory for the first time in 70 years. Don’t hold your breath. The only man to win the world championship on both four wheels and two—John Surtees—is still waiting after more than 50 years.

The Daily Telegraph

Call this Revenge?

London Christopher Lee, former BBC defence correspondent: Barring a parliamentary cou de theatre, MPs are about to satisfy David Cameron’s wish to have the RAF strike at ISIS in Syria. This is more than revenge for Paris. Inter­vention means a restored place in the sanctum sactorum of the French and American lodge. Also, Mr Cameron got it wrong over Libya. He needs another chance at the toughest of all shots a premier gets to call. But as he waits for news from 3,589 km away in RAF Akrotiri, he might remember the downside. He should remember that war produces no guarantees.

The Times


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