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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 August 28, 2013/ 22 Elul, 5773

Kerry finally gets his moment to look presidential --- at least somebody is

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The images will not leave our mind's eyes. They are children, lying silently side by side, seemingly resting peacefully, their faces and bodies unmarked as if it must be nap time in a school or day care center.

But our minds tell our eyes these children are dead, killed by cowards who detonated chemical weapons of mass destruction while families were sleeping in their homes in the suburbs of Damascus. Last week's brutal chemical weapons attack reportedly killed at least 355 and wounded 3,600.

It occurred exactly one year after President Barack Obama issued his famous "red line" warning to Syria's President Bashar Assad and his generals. While the world remembers Obama's warning, most have forgotten it originated not in a doctrinal declaration but in a seemingly off-the-cuff press conference answer. On Aug. 20, 2012, after a television correspondent asked a bizarre two-part question about Syria's chemical weapons and Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney's tax returns (really!), Obama began with Romney and backed into Syria. In an almost folksy way, Obama said, "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus."

In the past year, after Syria's chemical weapons were reportedly moved, the Obama officials indeed changed their calculus -- they stopped referring to the movement of chemical weapons, just whether they were used. In January and March, after international experts concluded -- but lacked conclusive proof -- that chemical weapons killed some 100 people, Obama was no longer referring to a "red line."

Even after last week's unforgettable images of Syria's murdered children, Obama's initial comments were restrained -- and seemed out of sync with those images on our screens and front pages. When asked about his "red line" warning twice in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Obama didn't use the phrase. "When you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale ... it is very troublesome," Obama said mildly, noting officials are still gathering information on what happened. Professorially and almost passively, he talked about "rules of international law" and not getting "mired" into "costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region."



But all that changed Monday, when the Obama administration unveiled the sort of bold and inspiring presidential leadership the world has long needed on Syria's chemical weapons atrocities. This memorably presidential moment came in the form of a powerful statement -- delivered not from the Oval Office but the State Department briefing room, by Secretary of State John Kerry.

"What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world," Kerry said. "It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear. The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. ... And despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable."

Kerry's statement was powerfully presidential both in its conceptual foundation and oratorical execution. "Our sense of basic humanity is offended not only by this cowardly crime but also by the cynical attempt to cover it up. At every turn, the Syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the U.N. investigation, using it only to stall and to stymie the important effort to bring to light what happened in Damascus in the dead of night."

Kerry never looked or sounded more presidential as he built the foundation for a limited U.S. military response in Syria. Indeed, he challenged, without naming, international leaders who armed Syria's murderous Assad -- especially Russia's Vladimir Putin (who seems to be reverting to his thuggish KGB proclivities); but also China's Xi Jinping (who risks his future as a leader of world commerce) and even Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (how can a religious leader align himself with a mass murderer of children?). That's who Kerry surely had in mind when he said: "Anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass."

And finally, Kerry talked about watching on social media those images of the lifeless victims of Syria's chemical weapons.

"With our own eyes, we have all of us become witnesses," said Kerry. "... All peoples and all nations who believe in the cause of our common humanity must stand up to assure that there is accountability for the use of chemical weapons so that it never happens again."

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Previously:


08/08/13: Latest political scandals seem like reruns --- in fact, they seem like parodies of themselves

07/03/13: NSA reforms will come, securing liberty and homeland

07/03/13: As student loan rates double, Congress fails to act

06/05/13: Scandal chatter drowns out best and worst news

05/29/13: Obama vs. Obama

03/13/13: VA's growing backlog needs attention now

03/06/13: When a presidency and press corps collide

02/27/13: Washington unintentionally but predictably triggering a coast-to-coast tsunami, freezing job hiring

02/21/13: Cold War vestiges still afflict 2 nuclear cities

01/16/13: Turnabout sucks

01/09/13: Education must be America's new national security priority

11/29/12: Building a budgetary bridge to somewhere

11/24/12: Voters share blame for negative campaigns

10/24/12: Romney displays unusual strategy for winning

10/17/12: Russia drops a bombshell on U.S. nuclear safeguard plan and few notice

10/11/12: A new debate game plan for a new comeback

07/25/12: Washington news, sanitized for officials' comfort

07/18/12: By withholding, Mitt Romney taxes campaign

06/20/12: Cruel consequences spring from an old leak

06/13/12: Gaffes, not facts, dominate presidential race

06/06/12: Command decisions mark new era of video-game warfare

04/25/12: Safeguarding us all in the nuclear age

04/18/12: The battle for the honor of enraging us more

03/28/12: Eavesdropping on diplomacy and politics

02/22/12: Drawing Romney's big picture

01/25/12: Candidates proving that time-tested Marxist theory

01/12/12: Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

01/05/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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