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Pat McMahon

Short fuse

The world is continually concerned about flare-ups in the Middle East.

Every major country seems to have its own potential uprising that can break out any time of year and regardless of who is in charge of the government moment.

But a recent incident has the potential to trigger untold damage on the already fragile relationship between Israel and the neighboring Palestinians.

Three Israeli teenagers disappeared while hitchhiking home from the west bank two weeks ago.

A massive search followed amidst accusations by the government of Israel of a kidnapping by the militant Islamic group Hamas.

Monday, the three were found dead under piles of rocks.

In a land where violence is a way of life, this crime took on monumental proportions, because of their ages and because they were unarmed.

Israel has a reputation for sudden and dramatic retaliation in matters where it's been personally hurt.

And can anything hurt more than to find three of your sons murdered under a pile of stones?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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