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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 Sept. 21, 2010 / 13 Tishrei, 5771

‘From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli’

By Ed Koch




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There aren't many Americans who have never heard those words, which come from the United States Marine Corps Hymn. The words refer to the heroic role of the Marines in putting an end to pillaging and piracy by the Barbary pirates who in the early 1800s plied their nefarious trade in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. England and other countries paid tribute to the Barbary pirates in return for the safe passage of their ships. The American motto, however, was "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!" Instead of sending tribute, we sent the Marines.

For several years now, pirates off the shore of Somalia have been engaged in the same kind of criminal enterprise, hijacking ships in the Indian Ocean, many of them oil tankers and cargo ships going to or coming from the Gulf oil region. As they round the Horn of Africa, they are attacked by Somalia militia or rebels operating from a lawless country without a functioning government.

The hijacked ships, their crews and cargo are then held hostage until the companies owning the ships have paid ransom, running into millions of dollars. The money is used in part to upgrade the pirates' weaponry and to acquire ships that are employed in the boarding of cargo ships and oil tankers and the taking of the hostages. I noticed for months that there were no news reports on the activities of the pirates and recently, I asked the question on my Friday night radio call-in show (heard all across the U.S. on Bloomberg Radio, as well as Sirius radio at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time), whatever happened to the pirates? Serendipitously, on September 10th, The New York Times reported, "Nairobi, Kenya — In a predawn raid with helicopters hovering nearby, 24 American Marines scaled aboard a hijacked ship in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, arrested the nine pirates on board and freed the ship — all without firing a shot, the American military said."

The article continued, "Last year, Navy Seal snipers killed three pirates who were holding an American cargo ship captain in a lifeboat, after he had offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew."

However, the appalling news, as reported in the article, is this: "Despite the intense international naval presence in the region, the pirates are on track to have another banner year with more than 30 ships hijacked so far in 2010 and tens of millions of dollars in ransoms."

So I was right. There has been a media blackout on this story. I, an avid newspaper reader, had not seen any reports on most of these ship and hostage takings. What appears to have been going on was an example of businesses worldwide concluding it was cheaper to pay the ransoms than to wait for their countries to blow the pirates out of the water in their marauding ships at sea or in their refuges on the Somali coast. But apparently, not so in the case of the U.S. and its Marines, who have been and continue to do what Marines do best: protect Americans under the most difficult and dangerous conditions. God bless them.

But what have the U.S. and other countries been doing with the captured pirates? The Times article is not comforting, reporting, "It is not clear what will happen to the captured pirates. They are in custody aboard one of the ships in the task force and the officers are awaiting orders from higher levels. While hundreds of Somali pirates have recently been sent to jail in Kenya, the Seychelles or Somalia, and a few have even been taken to Europe and the United States, many more have been set free by Western navies in a controversial 'catch and release' approach because of the complications of prosecuting suspects arrested on the high seas."

If memory serves me correctly, not long ago, one pirate taken to the U.S. escaped punishment because he was allegedly underage. In our crazy world, he's probably now at Harvard, either as a student or an adjunct professor. Remember the homeless woman, Billie Boggs, who was picked up off the streets during my mayoral administration and taken to the hospital for medical care, where she refused treatment, was defended in her positions by the New York Civil Liberties Union and was invited to and did lecture at Harvard? A true story.

What would Captain Bligh — remember him as portrayed by Charles Laughton in "Mutiny on the Bounty?" — have done to pirates or mutineers? We know. He would have keelhauled them (Google it to find out what that means) or hanged them from the ship's yardarm, or both. By the way, Captain Bligh was ultimately recognized by the British navy as a good guy and the mutineers under Fletcher Christian (portrayed by Clark Gable) lionized by Hollywood turned out to be the bad guys. Many Hollywood figures today like Oliver Stone and Sean Penn still exercise the worst of judgments in who they hang with and create fan clubs for: the likes of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

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