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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 Sept. 2, 2013/ 27 Elul, 5773

US shouldn't risk picking between bad, worse in Syria

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | More than 100,000 people have been killed so far in the civil war in Syria, hundreds in a nerve gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus last Wednesday.

"The chemical weapon attack was meant to show pro-rebel civilians that their disloyalty has a price and that mass murder was part of the punishment," said StrategyPage.

As in the Spanish civil war (1936-39), outside forces provide significant support to the warring factions. Russia and Iran support the regime of dictator Bashir Assad. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar back the rebels.

There is so much foreign involvement in part because of Syria's geostrategic location; in larger part because the Syrian factions are proxies in a worldwide struggle among Islamists for supremacy.

Mr. Assad is an Alawite, an offshoot of Shia Islam, in a country which is 74 percent Sunni. He's been Iran's most valuable ally, provides a critical bridge to the Hezbollah militia the mullahs sponsor in Lebanon.

The rebels are dominated by al Qaida linked groups. Sunni Islamists regard Shias the way Catholics did Protestants during the Thirty Year's War (1618-1648).

The one thing these bitter rivals have in common is enmity toward the United States. No matter who wins, America loses, said Edward Luttwak of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The best we can hope for is a bloody stalemate.

Mr. Assad is "a pencil-necked murdering swine" who "runs a repressive, minority-ruled, Iranian-backed regime" who, nevertheless, can act rationally and with whom we can deal, said retired Foreign Service Officer W. Lewis Amselem.

It makes no sense to replace him with "lunatic AQ-allied, apocalyptic jihadi fanatics who want a Muslim caliphate or death and will slaughter indiscriminately in pursuit of either goal," he said.

We shouldn't risk the lives of our troops in a conflict between bad and worse, especially since it's unclear which is "bad," and which is "worse," most Americans think. Only 9 percent of respondents favored military intervention in a Reuters-Ipsos poll last week.

But because President Barack Obama drew a "red line" last year about the use of chemical weapons, politicians in both parties say his prestige -- and America's -- will suffer if he doesn't attack.

"In terms of the credibility of the White House, the cost of not acting now I think exceeds the cost of acting," said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-NY, who'd been an opponent of military intervention.

What's being contemplated are "surgical" strikes like those in the undeclared war with Libya, likely by cruise missiles launched from U.S. and British warships, said Mark Thompson of Time Magazine.



A missile strike would be "a barrage designed to punish Assad for using chemical weapons -- but of insufficient magnitude or duration to force him from power," he wrote. "That would let Obama say he has punished the Syrian strongman without committing the U.S. military to a long-term conflict."

In other words, what American Interest editor Walter Russell Mead calls "a moralistic spasm--dropping a few bombs to demonstrate to the world how righteous we are."

To assume we can end a war we start whenever we like, and control the level of violence throughout is dangerous nonsense.

"The enemy has a vote," said legendary Marine General James Mattis. "No war is over until the enemy says it's over."

Syria and Russia have threatened consequences if the U.S. attacks.

Air power, like modern courtship, "appears to offer gratification without commitment," said Eliot Cohen, who directed the Air Force's survey of the effectiveness of the bombing in the first Gulf War. That appearance is deceiving.

"The Clinton administration's course, a futile salvo of cruise missiles, followed by self congratulation and an attempt to change the topic will not work here," Mr. Cohen said.

"If Obama does a Clinton and churns up some sand with do-nothing cruise-missile strikes, it will only encourage the Assad regime," said retired Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters. "But if our president hits Assad hard and precipitates regime change, then what?"

If military action causes the regime to fall, Mr. Assad will be replaced by "extremist jihadi psychopaths" who would be worse, Mr. Amselem said. And if we "just wound the bear, what's left of our reputation is gone, and we will have one bloody-minded, revenge seeking pencil-necked dictator--backed by Iran and Russia--gunning for us and our interests."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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