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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 August 8, 2006 / 14 Menachem-Av, 5766

Failed Lebanon embraces killers

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mohammed Ali Hamadi is somewhere in Lebanon. Maybe he's in the south, close to the front lines of fighting between Hezbollah and the Israel Defense Forces. Perhaps he's in southern Beirut in one of the Hezbollah districts that are effectively off-limits to the government of Lebanon.


But we know with a high degree of certainty that he is in Lebanon. We know it because Beirut was the destination of his one-way ticket when Hamadi walked out of a German prison last December.


Sixteen years earlier, the German government sentenced Hamadi to a life sentence for the murder of Robert Stethem, a U.S. Navy diver. Stethem was returning from an assignment in Greece in 1985 when Hezbollah terrorists hijacked his flight from Athens to Rome.


Witnesses said Hezbollah singled out Stethem because he was a member of the U.S. military. They tied him up with an electrical cord and beat him mercilessly. The Associated Press carried this account from another passenger: "I heard screams as he was hit. There were no words. It was like someone was beating a dog."


After hours of torture, the terrorists shot Stethem in the head and dumped his mutilated body on the tarmac in Beirut. When some expert says the United States should take no side in Israel's fight with Hezbollah, remember Stethem.


In 1987, German authorities caught Hamadi at the Frankfurt airport carrying liquid explosives. After denying U.S. requests for Hamadi's extradition, a German court delivered the "life" sentence. In Germany, however, murderers serving a life sentence can apply for parole after 15 years.


So it was that Hamadi returned to his native Lebanon a free man.


The Lebanese government also turned down requests to extradite Hamadi and three other Hezbollah terrorists responsible for Stethem's death: Ali Atwa, Hassan Izzeddine and Imad Fayez Mugniyah.


In addition to plotting the hijacking that led to Stethem's murder, Mugniyah is responsible for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut that killed 63, the bombing of the Marine barracks near Beirut's airport that killed 241 U.S. servicemen and for kidnapping, torturing and murdering CIA Beirut station chief William Buckley and Marine Lt. Col. Richard Higgins.


Mugniyah is on the U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists. He is now Hezbollah's second-in-command, the mastermind behind the attack on Israel that precipitated the current crisis.


In what kind of country is it that people like Hamadi and Mugniyah can simply blend in to the population? In what kind of country is it that the organization to which these terrorists swear fealty is a legitimate party whose representatives hold 14 seats in parliament and two cabinet posts?


Lebanon may not fit the classic standard of a failed state. But it is a peculiar kind of failed state: a state that lacks sovereignty over its own territory and a state that permits a vassal state of Syria and Iran to coexist within it.


The great threat to Hezbollah when three decades of Syrian occupation came to an end last year was that Lebanon might become somewhat less failed. Power might emanate from the rule of law rather than the barrel of a gun. And in a society ruled by laws and in which militias are disarmed, men like Hamadi and Mugniyah would have fewer places to hide.


That's one reason why Hezbollah decided to reignite its war with Israel. Mayhem and destruction are its lifeblood. And no number of well-intentioned U.N. peacekeepers will alter its violent calculus.


A solution exists if the international community ever gets serious about bolstering Beirut's sovereignty, confronting Iranian and Syrian trespass and disarming Hezbollah.


Until then, as Israel fights the terrorist state-within-a-state the only way it can, those of us with memories can hope it delivers some semblance of justice to Hamadi and Mugniyah.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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