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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 15, 2005 / 4 Adar II, 5765

No better friend; no worse enemy

By Jack Kelly


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Feb. 28th, a suicide bomber killed 125 Iraqi police recruits lined up outside a clinic in Hilla waiting for eye exams. It was the single worst act of terror directed against Iraqis since the conflict began.

The purpose of terrorism is to so frighten people that they won't do what the terrorists don't want them to do. If acts of terror fail to accomplish this result, they are a failure, regardless of how high the body count.

There was another line of volunteers for the Iraqi security forces the next day, and for several days thousands of Iraqis in Hilla demonstrated against the terrorists and demanded that sterner measures be taken against them. Osama bin Laden recognizes terror against Iraqis has become counterproductive. That was behind his message last month urging Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the al Qaeda chieftain in Iraq, to focus on attacks within the United States.

Though viewed with trepidation by the Chicken Littles in the news media, this was an astonishing confession of weakness. Zarqawi has little familiarity with this country, and the FBI is unlikely to let him set up shop here. And if Osama has to pull his man in Iraq out to wage a struggle in North America, al Qaeda's manpower problems must be intense.

Since I don't think bin Laden's cupboard is quite that bare, I suspect he was telling Zarqawi diplomatically: "Cool it, dude. You're hurting the cause. It's time to fold the tent and slink away."

Acts of terror continue, because there is nothing else the resistance can do. It has negligible popular support, which diminishes with each new atrocity. The "insurgents" can't take or hold territory. Getting into fire fights with American soldiers — and, increasingly, with the Iraqi security forces — is an express ticket to Allah. If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. But despite the occasional spectacular success like Hilla, the attacks are diminishing in number and effectiveness. We haven't arrived at the end, but it is in sight.

Historians will note the turning point in the war on terror was when 8.5 million Iraqis defied terrorist threats to vote, and the terrorists couldn't make good on their threats. This gave Iraqis ownership of their country and confidence in the Iraqi police and army, the most visible providers of security for the election. And it broke the grip of fear the terrorists had had upon many.

It was the Iraqi example that triggered the burgeoning Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, and has emboldened freedom seekers in other Arab lands. Totalitarian regimes rule by terror, and can collapse suddenly when people lose their fear of their oppressors. That's why there is so much flop sweat on the brow of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

There would have been no elections in Iraq if President Bush hadn't ousted Saddam Hussein, and the Cedar revolutionaries are counting on Bush's support to get the Syrians out of their country.

It's remarkable how rapidly America's image has improved in the Muslim world. Three years ago, Arab moderates were suspicious of America's motives, and doubtful of America's constancy.

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That's changed in part because Bush, like Ronald Reagan before him, has called the tyrants by their right name, and assured the oppressed that America stands with them. More important, he's proven in Iraq he means what he says.

Still, most of the credit for the change in America's image belongs to our servicemen and women. It was an article of faith for Osama and Saddam that Americans were cowards. Drawing on the example of Mogadishu in 1993, they assured their followers that if you kill a few Americans, they'll turn tail. Now, as StrategyPage notes, the highest compliment that can be paid an Iraqi soldier is to tell him he "fights like an American."

In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, support for bin Laden has plummeted and support for the U.S. in the war on terror has skyrocketed. More Indonesians (40 percent) now support the U.S. than oppose us (36 percent). In 2003, 72 percent were opposed.

The chief reason for this startling turnaround was the prompt and effective assistance from the U.S. military after the tsunami. Thanks to President Bush and our troops, many more Muslims now see us as the Marines want to be seen: No better friend; no worse enemy.

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