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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 Aug 23, 2012 / 5 Elul, 5772

Former Iraqi Parliamentarian calls on Obama to stop Iran; Warns that Syria is deadly sideshow

By Heather Robinson



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama is warning Syrian dictator Bashir Assad that "use or deployment of ... weapons of mass destruction" would be crossing a "red line," that would prompt U.S. intervention. In a phone interview from Iraq this morning, former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi said he believes President Obama should call for a United Nations Security Council Resolution stating Syria must give control of its WMD to the international community. He also shared his thoughts on Israel, Iran, and what he sees as America's responsibilities in the region.

Alusi, who served two terms in Iraq's Parliament, has championed counter-terrorism cooperation among democracies, including Iraq, Israel, and the United States. Following his groundbreaking trip to Israel in 2004 to attend a counter-terrorism conference, extremists murdered his two grown sons, apparently as "payback" for Alusi's visiting Israel. Refusing to be intimidated, Alusi has stayed in Iraq and continued to advocate for liberal values there including human rights, press freedom, rule of law, and cooperation among democracies.

Alusi has frequently been prescient about developments in the region. In 2006, he told this reporter that Iran was supporting both sides of the Iraqi insurgency—a claim that was then controversial but wasultimately confirmed by U.S. intelligence sources.

In a series of interviews from February through April of this year, Alusi gave this reporter a detailed account of what he characterized as extensive money-laundering being perpetrated in Iraqi banks by Iranian agents, as well as transport of "hundreds of millions of dollars in cash ... in suitcases" by Iran's agents from Iraq to Iran via Syria in order to skirt U.S.-led sanctions and prop up Iran's regime. He asserted that many Iraqi politicians are aware of this activity, that some are taking bribes from Iran, and that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is being used as a "tool of Iran." This week, The New York Times reported that a network of Iraqi banks are indeed "providing a crucial flow of dollars" that are helping Iran skirt U.S.-led sanctions, and that "American and Iraqi officials, along with banking and oil experts, say that Iraqi government officials are turning a blind eye to the large financial flows, smuggling, and other trade with Iran" and that in some cases Iraqi government officials are directly profiting from the activity.

This week, Alusi expressed concern that Assad's weapons of mass destruction could wind up "in the hands of al Qaeda or Hezbollah" and used against Israelis or others in the region. "They [al Qaeda or Hezbollah] would use them," he said. He added that the fact that no one knows the location of the WMD within Syria is cause for serious concern.

Were President Obama to bring the international community together in support of a U.N. resolution regarding Syria's WMD, it would provide information on the role of Russia and China in supporting extremists in the region, Alusi said.

"We [would] see what China and Moscow will do," Alusi said. "This kind of resolution will show us how far Russia will go to protect the regime in Damascus."

Alusi has long warned that the Iranians are closer to attaining nuclear capability than many in the West have believed. He believes that Iran is heavily involved in promoting Assad's crackdown in Syria and that "Iranians now maybe will use their agents, Syria, to transport chemical weapons, to use on Israel." Moreover, he believes Assad's crackdown is aided and abetted by Iran - to distract the U.S. from Iran.

"Iran would like for the U.S. to be tied up in Syria," Alusi said. He believes the U.S. should not get militarily involved in Syria, but should stop Iran, which he said is driving and strengthening much of the region's extremism, including Assad and Hezbollah.

Alusi thinks that President Obama should, in coming days, use the "huge space [that exists] in the Iraqi political arena and economy." President Obama could call for a conference of Mideast states, to be held in Baghdad, Alusi suggests. The topic could be the importance of keeping open the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway vital to the economies of numerous gulf nations that Iran has threatened to close. President Obama could invite numerous countries whose economies rely on the Strait--including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel - and Iran.

"We will see who is ready to come and who is not ready," said Alusi. "I believe the Israelis will be willing to come. So this is a signal of peace. This is proof for the international community the Israelis don't want war.

"If Iran says, 'We don't want to come' then we have proof they do not want to cooperate and we make clear for the international community who wants to make trouble and who does not. It also makes clear it is an international issue ... And if the U.S. puts this together, it is proof no one wants a war."

That said, Alusi has long favored a pinpointed, U.S.-led, multinational military operation to destroy Iran's nuclear program if Iran fails to comply with international demands to cease its nuclear weapons quest.

Because he believes Iran is a threat to the security of the Mideast and the world, he does not believe it is Israel's responsibility to launch a military operation, alone, to contain Iran.

"Americans have a responsibility," he said. "Iraqis, Israelis, others in the region--we need you."

Alusi believes it would be "not fair" for the entire burden of containing Iran to fall to Israel, and that if President Obama expects Israel to hold off on attacking Iran's nuclear program, he should stake his legacy on the assurance that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.

"If it's OK for the region for Israel to wait, then let President Obama come out and give a guarantee that there is time and Iran will not have a bomb by next summer," he said. "I've always said Israelis should not have to do it alone, but if the international community doesn't understand the danger of a second Holocaust or the [mentality of the Iranians], then the people who have the responsibility, have to act."

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JWR contributor Heather Robinson is a New York City-based independent journalist. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Daily News, Heeb magazine, and other publications. Comment by clicking here.


© 2011, Heather Robinson

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