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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. 11, 2013 / 7 Tishrei, 5774

Assad Blinks

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Russian dictator Vladimir Putin would never have proposed a compromise plan to put Syrian chemical weapons under UN control unless he had cleared it with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Inevitably, now, Syria will accept some variation of this offer. It's an offer they can't refuse. You can't turn down an offer from your only friend in the world and live to tell about it. It is, after all, only a Russian veto that stops the UN from intervening with a broad international coalition of forces.

Assad likely agreed to the Putin plan because he knows that he can't use gas now. The furor that has been ignited by the use of gas in the past has brought the US to the verge of intervention. He well knows that if he used gas now, all hell would break loose. There would be no debate. The bombs would fly.

Can we believe Assad if he agrees to Putin's plan? We really have to give it a try. If Assad accepts Putin's offer, we can't attack as it is being implemented. This is not a nuclear confrontation. Reagan's formulation of "trust but verify" applied when trusting naively could lead to a nuclear war. In this case, if Assad doesn't surrender all his chemical weapons, he'll get away with it as long as he doesn't use any. If he uses them, then he can expect an immediate and overwhelming global response that will force him out of power.



Politically, Putin's offer has let Obama off the hook. He was going to lose in Congress and might never have recovered from the defeat. Now, he can claim a victory since Assad has foresworn the use of gas and set up a mechanism to assure that he gives the weapons up. He can say that it was his credible threat of military action that caused Assad to blink and that he succeeded in vindicating the principle of no-WMDs.

So where does this leave Congress? Congressional leaders would be foolish to ask their members to cast a hypothetical vote hinged on whether Assad accepts the proposal. Some will urge Congress to vote anyway to strengthen Obama's hand in the negotiations, but the House Republicans will be wary of any resolution that might be used for a strike should talks fail.

In a sense, Putin's offer changes the nature of the charges against Assad. It immediately morphs the debate from one over whether to punish the Syrian dictator for using poison gas to one about whether to trust that he won't use it again. The debate is no longer about punishment for the past, but about accountability in the future.

What if Assad says yes and then doesn't do anything? We should not draw another red line around the inspection process. While we did attack Saddam for each violation of the UN resolutions, we had previously taken out his anti-aircraft defenses so we could attack with impunity. In Syria we would have to start from scratch and probably wouldn't do so. But we should draw -- and the UN should draw-- a new red line making clear that if Assad uses gas again that we will attack. And this time, we'd mean it.

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