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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Oct 23, 2011 / 25 Tishrei, 5772

Libya: Mission Vindicated

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The families of the 270 people killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 no longer will have to watch as Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, the man who ordered the attack, visits New York to deliver his long rants to the United Nations. President Barack Obama's decision to authorize cruise missile strikes on Tripoli and the NATO mission paid off. "Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground," the president proclaimed Thursday, "we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end."

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said in a statement, "Though the Administration was criticized both for moving too quickly and for not moving quickly enough, it is undeniable that the NATO campaign prevented a massacre and contributed mightily to (Gadhafi's) undoing without deploying boots on the ground or suffering a single American fatality."

It wasn't a clear call in March. The U.S. military already was stretched thin in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that enforcing a no-fly zone would not be so quick and painless as some hawks suggested it would be. Others noted that the get-Gadhafi crowd didn't even know who the Libyan rebels were or whether they were extremists who likely would turn on the United States.

The administration seemed lukewarm on the effort. An Obama adviser described the president's role in the NATO mission as "leading from behind." The administration would not use the word "war." On March 18, Obama told congressional leaders that U.S. military action would last "days, not weeks."

European leaders also seemed not to understand that they had started a war that could be long and bloody. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe predicted Gadhafi would be defeated in a matter of days or weeks, not months. Three months later, NATO ran out of shells. Germany, which had stayed away from the Libyan job, had to donate ammunition.

Yet the campaign worked, and that's what counts. I've got four more thoughts on it:

—Drones are king; no more boots on the ground. After suffering more than 4,400 U.S. troop fatalities in Iraq and more than 1,800 fatalities in or around Afghanistan, the American public has no appetite for further loss of blood and treasure. Vice President Joe Biden boasted Thursday that the U.S. effort paid off with no loss of life and a $2 billion price tag. If the two U.S. airmen who ejected from an F-15 that went down March 21 had been caught by Gadhafi loyalists, this saga might have had a very different ending.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and the American Civil Liberties Union may have objected to the use of U.S. drones to kill U.S.-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, but the American public supported the results. No U.S. troops died. If drone strikes in Libya, Pakistan and Somalia are less popular, they are not generating the sort of political heat that can burn a politician.

—Congress won't lift a finger to assert its own power. The 1973 War Powers Act requires that a president halt unilateral military hostilities unless Congress approves them within 60 days. The Obama State Department, however, argued that the NATO attacks were too limited to require congressional approval. Senators and representatives disagreed, but they didn't care enough to approve the Libyan effort or disapprove it.

Credit Kerry and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for introducing a bipartisan resolution to authorize the NATO effort, which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved in a 14-5 vote. But Republicans blocked a floor vote on the measure in July on the grounds that the debt limit standoff took precedence. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went along. And nothing happened.

The House did vote, but it voted both ways. First, the House rejected a measure to sustain the NATO effort. Then it voted against a measure to limit military funding in Libya. Members didn't want to support the war, but they didn't want to stop it, either.

—Gadhafi's death was the only acceptable ending. Libyan rebels don't have to worry about the slippery Gadhafi escaping as he awaits trial. The International Criminal Court will not shame itself with an extended trial that coddles the mad dog of the Middle East, as it did with Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, while providing him with a global stage. And Obama doesn't have to worry about American leftists and Europeans trying to undermine his authority, because he's not George W. Bush.

—The wounds of Pan Am 103 remain open. In August 2009, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill released Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the Pan Am bombing, on "compassionate" grounds. MacAskill claimed prostate cancer had left al-Megrahi with only three months to live.

More than two years after the hero's welcome he received on a Tripoli tarmac, al-Megrahi is living in a palatial villa among family. He served eight years for the murder of 270 people.

Libyan National Transitional Council Ambassador Ali Aujali told CNN that his country probably won't hand over al-Megrahi, because al-Megrahi is a "very sick man."

A very sick man? The new regime must think Americans are really stupid. They must think that they can harbor a man who killed 189 innocent Americans and that they still will get boatloads of U.S. dollars to bankroll their new government.

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