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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 March 16, 2005 / 5 Adar II 5765

Triumphs must not give us false sense of security

By George Friedman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There has been a lot of talk lately about how events in the Middle East have vindicated President George W. Bush's policies — on Iraq, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and other issues. Given the extreme nature of the criticisms, particularly concerning Iraq, it would be hard not to be vindicated. Yet that is far from saying that we should not be prepared for more trouble ahead, however positive the trend line is for the United States at the moment.

Let's begin with Iraq. I supported the invasion of Iraq because I thought it would set off a chain of events in the Middle East that ultimately would undermine both al-Qaida and regimes that had enabled it. I saw Iraq not as a stand-alone campaign, but as an integral part of the U.S. war against the jihadists. I still believe that.

While many aspects of the Iraq war have been abysmally handled, from using a false justification for the invasion — WMD — to Washington's failure to create an Army large enough to cope with the war and subsequent occupation, these failures have not undermined the overall effectiveness of the campaign.

Furthermore, military and political errors are endemic to war: Had CNN been present at Omaha Beach, Eisenhower would have been court-martialed.

As the situation now stands, the Iraqi insurrection remains generally confined to the four main Sunni provinces, and attacks against American forces and the general tempo of operations have declined, contributing to the sense that the United States is gaining further traction in the region. But there is an unanswered question: Does the fall-off stem from declining support for the insurgency among the Sunni leadership or, as in the past, have the guerrillas simply slowed their operational tempo to regroup, recruit, train and recover? This is standard for any military force after an offensive.

We do not know at this point whether the guerrillas have been hurt militarily or whether this is a phased reduction in operations. There is evidence — including the capture of a number of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's key aides — that they have been hurt and constrained, but that is not yet certain. We won't really know until June or so, judging from past cycles of insurgent attacks. We also don't know the fighting capabilities of the Shiite forces or the will of the new government to commit these forces to the fight.

In Lebanon, we have seen a favorable evolution, with Syria pledging to withdraw its occupation forces. However, if this evolution continues, Hezbollah — a well-trained, well-armed and highly motivated force — faces extinction from the loss of its safe haven. Serious economic interests on the part of the Assad regime also face elimination. There appears to be a presumption that both Hezbollah and Damascus will not attempt to reverse these potential developments. This is obviously an enormous assumption, and in the case of Hezbollah, which has called out pro-Syrian demonstrators numbering in the hundreds of thousands — a highly questionable one. Hezbollah has absolutely everything to lose

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In the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, the situation is more positive than at any time since the Oslo Accords. But it might be worth remembering that the Oslo Accords led to catastrophic results, so that particular comparison might not be the most useful. Critical issues have not yet been addressed.

For example, it is not clear that Hamas has accepted the principle of Israel's right to exist, or whether the group is simply too weak to challenge the peace process at the moment. It also is not apparent whether anyone has thought clearly about Jerusalem. A settlement based on Palestinian weakness will work only if weakness leads to pliability, or if the weakness cannot be reversed.

Finally, al-Qaida appears to have been broken. The organization is certainly not clearly operational anywhere — but betting against it is always dangerous.

The United States has done quite well since Sept. 11 in transforming the politico-military landscape of the Middle East, and the trend lines are running in Washington's favor. Nevertheless, a war isn't over till it's over. In war, more than anywhere else, Murphy's Law prevails.

Even if all goes well, there may be a Battle of the Bulge out there — some event that won't change the ultimate outcome, but certainly would come as a nasty surprise.

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02/03/05: Next Pope could, and maybe should, be a Third-Worlder
01/27/05: Decision-day in Iran: Is it for or against United States?
01/14/05: Russia's missile sale to Syria gets back at U.S. over Ukraine
01/06/05: Tsunami realities: Most in need are least likely to get help

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