In this issue

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 Sept. 12, 2007 / 29 Elul, 5767

September 11th comes and goes

By Paul Greenberg

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Another September 11th has come and gone, and another American general, Heaven help him, is trying to fight a war despite a deeply divided home front. For the country has grown weary of this war. Weary, confused and divided.

Called home to defend his strategy, four-star Gen. David Petraeus faced not just some fair questions but the usual scathing attacks from the usual overheated quarters. (The lowest? A full-page ad in the New York Times headlined: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?")

American strategy has changed, but reports of progress are disputed. Rancor spreads. At home and abroad, the government's every move is challenged in the media, in the courts, in the minds and hearts of the American people.

The leader of the opposition in the U.S. Senate declared this war lost months ago. And even before this commander testified before the House Armed Services Committee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had pronounced him "dead flat wrong." Divided we flail — at each other.

The next presidential campaign is already under way more than a year ahead of election day, and a president's approval ratings haven't been this low since another feisty commander-in-chief seemed determined to persist in an unpopular war on the Korean peninsula.

Officially, that conflict wasn't even a war but a "police action." Unofficially, it was called Truman's War, and it, too, was declared lost, or at least stalemated, but certainly dead flat wrong. The wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place. At one point the American commander in the field was replaced, but the war continued — a constant drain on American resources and a steady sacrifice of American blood.

Sometimes you hear today's war on terror referred to as the so-called War on Terror, its very name disputed. Words of resolve and courage have given way to uncertainty, recriminations and just plain war-weariness. The casualty figures mount and the military funerals go on.

There is no aspect of this war, whether it's being waged in Iraq or Afghanistan or around the world, in airports or through intelligence operations, that has not come under criticism, yet no clear alternative to victory has emerged.

Yes, we were warned this would be another long, twilight struggle akin to the Cold War, and that this war would be different from any other the country has waged: "Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success." —George W. Bush, September 20, 2001.

But speeches are one thing, reality another. It's one thing to utter brave words amid the still smoldering wreckage of the Twin Towers, another to go on fighting year after year, one September 11th after another.

There was even a debate this year over whether the date should inspire so much ceremony. The day that changed everything hasn't; we bicker and quibble and grumble and litigate and castigate as the war joins one more topic over which we Have Issues.

Yes, this is a different war from those of the past — as we remember the past. For by now history has done its usual trick and turned into myth, and we remember even the cruelest war in man's history, the Second World War, as the good war fought by the greatest generation, when the country was united, all of us supported a dynamic leader who enjoyed the nation's confidence, and victory inevitably awaited. As usual, memory dims and is replaced by monuments.

The grinding war of the GIs, the helpless feeling that it would never be over no matter what the wartime propaganda said, the dreaded telegrams from the War Department ("We regret to inform you…"), all of that is now seen from the perspective of the outcome, not the way it was year after year, blow by bitter blow.

We forget the weariness and confusion, the conspiracy theories about how FDR had provoked the Japanese into attacking our unprepared fleet at Pearl Harbor, and the anger at those who had brought all this on us, whether deliberately or through sheer incompetence.

Forgotten is how one leading isolationist — the distinguished senator from Montana, the now well-forgotten Burton K. Wheeler — compared Franklin Roosevelt's foreign policy, specifically his Lend Lease program, to the New Deal's agricultural policy: The senator said the object of the plan was to plow under every fourth American boy.

We forget how some of the country's leading intellectuals, artists and statesmen opposed the whole endeavor, warning that this war, rather than assure our security, would cost us our freedom.

Today, too, many look back nostalgically to an idyllic pre-war time that exists only in their imaginations, and wonder why we have to fight. Couldn't the terrorist attacks of 9-11 have been handled like the earlier ones on the World Trade Center, on our African embassies, on the USS Cole, and left to the FBI, the police, the courts? And not made into a world war? We still haven't learned to connect the dots.

Some things never change, like America's periodic bouts of historical amnesia that leave us open to the next surprise attack. Even now many of us don't seem to realize that a victory over al-Qaida in Iraq would discourage terrorists everywhere, and that its victory there would represent a major defeat for our own security, and for liberty and stability around the world.

Rest assured, or rather don't rest assured: The enemy is plotting its next September 11th. Our foes will not rest even if we do. Especially if we do. That is why this war must be pressed, at home and abroad. Year after year till these fanatics meet the fate of others who also once confidently expected that, weary and divided, spoiled and decadent, Americans would tire and give up, and that the future belonged to them. We shall see about that. For the September 11ths will keep coming, not just on the calendar but in our guts.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Send your comments by clicking here.

Paul Greenberg Archives

© 2006 Tribune Media Services, Inc.