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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 14, 2012/ 20 Adar, 5772

March Madness: Fun Here, Death Abroad

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is a warm and pleasant Sunday, and my Twitter stream is full of March Madness, the selection of 68 college basketball teams for the NCAA tournament.

Other media are awash and aflame with it also, and soon Barack Obama's official website will publish its own brackets, inviting citizens to match their expertise against the president's.

On Tuesday, the president and British Prime Minister David Cameron, in America on a state visit, will travel to Dayton, Ohio, to attend a first-round game between Mississippi Valley State and Western Kentucky. Both world leaders will be interviewed at halftime.

My Twitter feed scrolls. Spirits rise and fall as the brackets are announced. And then I see a small, virtually buried item and click on the link that it contains.

In Afghanistan, another type of March madness has occurred.

A U.S. Army sergeant, a family man with two children of his own, has methodically gone from house to house in a rural south Afghan village and allegedly massacred 16 unarmed civilians, including nine children, four of them younger than 6. He then set fire to their bodies.

The sergeant, The New York Times would inform us on Monday with unintended irony, had been assigned to "what is called a village stabilization operation."

I think we can consider that at least 16 people in that village are now permanently "stabilized."

After the shootings, President Obama is immediately briefed and issues a statement of apology. He then talks to the president of Afghanistan from the back seat of the White House limousine. Obama is on the way to a basketball game in which his daughter, Sasha, is playing. The White House releases a picture of Obama on the phone in the limo's backseat, looking serious and concerned.

After the call concludes, the official White House pool report makes clear, Obama continues to the game.

One wonders what they make of all this in Afghanistan. The United States has been in that country for 10 years. After quite correctly going there to destroy the al-Qaida terrorist operation that carried out the 9/11 attacks from that country, the United States has lingered.

According to an ABC report from back in December 2009: "As he justified sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion a year, President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al-Qaida 'cancer' in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al-Qaida fighters in the entire country."

But we remain. Obama has announced we will finally leave at the end of 2014, though the pace and scope of our withdrawal may be affected by facts on the ground.

Meanwhile, 2012 has already proved a horrendous year.

Last month, American soldiers burned copies of the Quran — "inadvertently," we say — which led to attacks by Afghan soldiers that killed six U.S. soldiers. (Afghan soldiers and U.S. soldiers are supposed to be allies, just in case you were wondering.)

Now a U.S. staff sergeant based at Lewis-McChord, Wash., with 11 years in the military and three tours of duty in Iraq, has allegedly killed16 unarmed men, women and children.

The White House press briefing on Monday began with a presentation about fighting high gasoline prices, and then Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, opened things up for general questions.

Did he have any statement to make about the shootings in Afghanistan? he was asked.

"No," Carney replied.

A reporter then asked if "killing children in their sleep" would affect American thinking about staying in Afghanistan.

No, Carney replied. "The president's policy is to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida and stabilize Afghanistan so Afghan security forces can stabilize their country," he said.

ABC's Jake Tapper asked if the United States had reached its "sell by" date in Afghanistan.

"We've been there a long time," Carney said and then seemed to deflate slightly. "Incidents like this do not make it any easier, no question. This is a challenging time, there is no question. Our goal is not to stay any longer than we have to."

Carney was then asked whether President Obama would continue with his plan to attend the NCAA tournament on Tuesday considering the terrible events in Afghanistan.

"His schedule has not changed," Carney said. "March Madness is just getting started. Many of us around this country enjoy this. March Madness is a wonderful tradition in American sport and culture."

Message: Life is good. For those who get to live it.

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