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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

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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

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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

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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 Dec. 19, 2006 / 28 Kislev, 5767

Iraq Study Group dons blinders when considering Iran, Syria

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What does the Argentine judiciary know that the Iraq Study Group doesn't? Last month, federal Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral handed down arrest warrants for former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian and five other Iranian officials.


Indictments by Argentine prosecutors accuse the Iranian government of masterminding the 1994 truck bomb attack on a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded more than 200.


The chief prosecutor in the case, reports the Associated Press, alleges that the decision to attack the Jewish center was made in Tehran "by the highest authorities."


Beyond Argentina, a 1996 truck bombing on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia killed 20 people, 19 of them American servicemen, and wounded several hundred others.

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In 1999, former State Department spokesman James Rubin told a press conference, "We do have specific information with respect to the involvement of Iranian government officials."


Three months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Justice Department issued a 46-count indictment against one Lebanese and 13 Saudi members of Hezbollah for their role in the Khobar Towers bombing. While Attorney General John Ashcroft didn't go as far as Canicoba in Buenos Aires, he did allow that "elements of the Iranian government inspired, supported and supervised members of Saudi Hezbollah."


And what does the United Nations know that the Iraq Study Group doesn't?


U.N. institutions traditionally coddle Arab despotism. But in the case of Syria, even the Mehlis Commission — created by the United Nations to investigate the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri — couldn't avoid the conclusion that cutthroat assassins infest the highest levels of Syrian government.


On Nov. 21, as the U.N. Security Council was deliberating the creation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the Hariri case, another anti-Syrian Lebanese patriot — Pierre Gemayel — met his untimely end. Maybe the Iranian government has turned over a new leaf of peace and reconciliation under the leadership of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Given his pining for the apocalyptic return of the Hidden Imam, denial of the Holocaust, illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons technology, support of international terrorism and threat to wipe Israel off the map, that metamorphosis seems somewhat unlikely.


Not unlikely enough, however, to be out of the realm of possibility for James Baker, Lee Hamilton and the rest of the Iraq Study Group. The group's report calls on the United States to "embark on a robust diplomatic effort to establish an international support structure intended to stabilize Iraq" that includes Iran and Syria.


And maybe the mullahs' murderous flunkies in Damascus have developed a profound respect for the norms of international behavior, though the Gemayel assassination only a few weeks ago suggests such a development is rather remote.


Not so remote, though, as to prevent the Iraq Study Group from calling on the United States, without preconditions, to "engage directly with Iran and Syria in order to try to obtain their commitment to constructive policies toward Iraq and other regional issues."


Whatever sensible recommendations the group may have made with regard to the disposition of American military power in Iraq, the idea that Iran and Syria have positive roles to play and that American diplomacy — as if it hasn't been employed in the region for decades — can suddenly unleash Iranian and Syrian good will is positively idiotic.


Iran and Syria may indeed be part of the solution to the violence in Iraq. But the constructive or, more accurately, nondestructive roles those nations might play will only emerge after the clear recognition that they are an essential part of the problem of violence in Iraq, the broader Middle East and around the globe.

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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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