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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 Oct. 20, 2006 / 28 Tishrei, 5767

A challenge from the suicide state

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There aren't many parallels between the war in Vietnam and the attempted suicide of Iraq, but the ghost of George Aiken hovers over Baghdad.


George Aiken, the late Republican senator from Vermont, is most famously remembered for his wry suggestion that the way to extract the United States from quagmire in Vietnam was to declare victory and get out.


His suggestion was borne of the frustration now bedeviling everyone in, around and about Iraq, the grim realization that not every problem has a neat and easy solution and a reminder that patience is not necessarily an American virtue.


Frustration is pushing everybody — the Americans, the Arabs and most of all the Iraqis — to consider a dramatic "course correction" over the next few months. Nobody wants to call it "the Aiken strategy," but the Sunnis and the Shi'ites could get on with their violent rituals of national suicide in the name of the religion of peace.


The inevitable "task force" investigating what to do with Iraq, led by James Baker, the former secretary of state, is leaking like an infant, and some of the suggestions are weirder than others: a partition of Iraq into three regions defined by ethnic or religious demographics, withdrawal of U.S. troops to be dispatched to nearby friendly places where they could — theoretically — be called back to deal with appropriate "emergencies." It's difficult to imagine an emergency dire enough to get them back once they're out, which is of course the point of the strategy.


The weirdest suggestion of all is that the U.S.-trained Iraqi army would overthrow the new government in Iraq put in place by the coalition of the willing, and replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with a strongman, perhaps someone like Saddam Hussein, only not yet a monster. He would restore "order" while the United States and Britain content themselves with viewing with alarm for a "decent" interval, after which Washington and London would recognize the new government.


Comparing Iraq to Vietnam betrays an ignorance of history. As brutal as the Communists were in Vietnam, there was an ideological purpose to their brutality. The war in Vietnam was a war for "the hearts and minds," as the cliché went, in pursuit of a Marxist order. In Iraq, the insurgents (to use a term they don't deserve) don't care about hearts and minds, about taking territory or establishing a new Jerusalem. They're interested not in hearts and minds, but body parts, to be strewn across the neighborhood in an endless festival of Sunni blood and Shi'ite gore.


"Iraq takes today's 'cult of the suicide bomber' a stage further," says Brendan O'Neill, a British pundit in Spiked, an Internet magazine. "We could say that Iraq is the world's first Suicide State, responding to war and occupation not by mobilizing the masses in opposition or organizing resistance armies, but rather by destroying itself, by committing suicide in front of the world's cameras."


Mercy and morality might not have constrained the North Vietnamese from blowing up 26 children taking sweets from an American soldier, or 38 women and children lining up for rations of kerosene, or blowing up 74 worshippers in a mosque, but the men of Hanoi knew that to do those things would make it difficult to persuade the masses to follow the Marxist path to national salvation.


Unlike in Vietnam, there's an absence of politics in Iraq, no concern for national salvation, no Ho Chi Minh to rally the countryside, no alternative government in waiting, no attempt to take and hold territory. It's killing to prove that only Sunni spilling of Shi'ite blood can appease Allah, that only Shi'ite dismembering of Sunni children can make Allah happy. The only purpose of the mayhem seems to be getting on television with guns blazing, bombs exploding, bodies flying.


Once upon a time the West could look at mayhem in the Muslim world with more bemusement than horror, but now we can't. The world has grown too small. This is the dilemma of George W. Bush, and it will be the dilemma of whoever follows him. The Democrats don't want to cut and run so much as to run and hide. But there are no hiding places left. Once out of Iraq, where is there to go?

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