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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 31, 2011 / 25 Adar II, 5771

Where Do We Start and When Do We Stop? U.S. Overextended Enforcing No-Fly Zone in Libya

By Ed Koch




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I listened intently this week to the speech given by President Barack Obama explicitly intended to explain to the American public why the U.S. decided to engage in military activities in Libya. The speech was substantive and delivered superbly, but when it was over, I was not convinced it was in the national interest of the U.S. to commence a third war in North Africa while we are currently involved in two ongoing wars in the Mideast.

Our President does not see our military activities in Libya as a war. For him, it is a military humanitarian effort to prevent Muammar Qaddafi from carrying out a threat that he made to put to the sword the rebels and their supporters in his country, situated primarily in Benghazi. There is no evidence that such a human tragedy which would constitute a war crime has in fact occurred.

The preemptive military activities of those allied with us in the attack on the Libyan military forces controlled by Qaddafi caused Qaddafi to retreat from Benghazi. While we cite the UN Resolution authorizing our interdicting Qaddafi's use of his air force in his country's airspace, and the support of our NATO allies particularly France and Great Britain, with the endorsement of the Arab League, it is the armed forces of the US that has been responsible for taking out Libya's air defenses and preventing the use of Libya's airspace by the Libyan government's planes.

The Times article of March 29 reported "From the air, the United States is supplying much more firepower than any other country. The allies have fired nearly 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles since the campaign started on March 19, all but 7 from the United States. The United States has flown about 370 attack missions, and its allied partners have flown a similar number, but the Americans have dropped 455 precision-guided munitions compared with 147 from other coalition members."

Each Tomahawk costs over $1 million. Meanwhile, we are eliminating services to Americans because of our budget deficit at home. Let our NATO and Arab allies do the dirty work for a change.

We are overextended.

I would welcome President Obama's adding Qaddafi to the list of those subject to assassination by our special forces. Osama bin-Laden's name has been on that list for more than 10 years.

Many believe we are violating the "no fly zone" UN resolution by expanding our military activities in Libya to include destroying Libyan tanks which are not capable of flying.

Finally does anyone know anything about the rebels? Are they really good guys who should they win will turn Libya into a more Democratic oasis in that area? I doubt it. In the recent election in Egypt which overthrew Mubarak, a long time friend of the U.S., it is reported in the media that the victors were a coalition of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Army.

If Libya needs rescuing and boots on the ground, let the Egyptian Army, one million strong and next door to Libya, do it.

By the way Mr. President, do you intend to stop the murderous shootings in Syria of innocent civilians, or those occurring in Bahrain where the Saudi are doing the shooting? Shouldn't the U.S., if it is going to protect civilian populations from their own governments, first protect the black Sudanese citizens in Darfur province who are being killed and raped by the Arabs supporting the Sudan government, and have been for so many years? Even more in need of protection are the black citizens of the Congo where it is reported five million people have been killed by various rag-tag armies over the last few years.

Where do we start and when do we stop?

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