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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 Nov. 2, 2010 / 25 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Saudi friends and foes: Duplicitous desert kingdom could turn U.S. weapons on us

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It seems that, thanks to Saudi Arabia, the latest effort to kill Americans with sophisticated bombs failed. Thanks to Saudi Arabia, we are certain to be subjected to more such attacks in the future.

The preceding paragraph captures the double game we confront from a kingdom that, on the one hand, is routinely characterized by American officials as a reliable U.S. ally in the volatile Middle East, a crucial source of oil and a trustworthy recipient of sophisticated weaponry. On the other hand, it also is the wellspring of Shariah, the supremacist totalitarian doctrine that is the law of the land in Saudi Arabia and that animates and enables jihadists worldwide - thanks to immense support from Saudi royals, government agencies, businessmen, clerics and "charities."

In a report Sunday on the intercepted Hewlett-Packard printers whose ink cartridges were transformed into potent bombs and dispatched from Yemen, the New York Times declared that Saudi Arabia in recent years had been forced to "wake up to a reality it had long refused to acknowledge. The puritanical strain of Islam fostered by the state, sometimes called Wahhabism, was breeding extremists who were willing to kill even Muslims for their cause." Now, the paper concluded, "Saudi Arabia's problem … has become the world's problem."

The truth is that the Saudis' problem has been the world's problem for some time now. It is a problem that becomes more intractable, not less, as our government and others refuse even to recognize, let alone come to grips with, the kingdom's double game, whose malevolent elements are directly fueled by what the authorities of Islam - especially those who operate in the kingdom - call Shariah, rather than Wahhabism.

How has Washington chosen to respond instead? By and large, it has seen what it wants to see in Saudi Arabia and averted its gaze from what it does not want to see. Accordingly, the Saudis' episodic help with countering terrorism is lauded, while their vast material and ideological contribution to its spread is largely overlooked. Their contribution to instability in the Middle East is discounted, and their "peace plan" for ending the Israel-Palestinian conflict on terms that assuredly would endanger the Jewish state is enthusiastically embraced.

Similarly, the Saudis are never held accountable for their role as prime movers behind the "stealth jihad" - the effort to insinuate Shariah into nations like ours through the textbooks, mosques, Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, media ownership and other influential operations they underwrite. This dangerous practice is often lubricated by the Saudis' generous financial and other relationships with former senior U.S. government officials and prominent businesses, which can be counted upon to discourage probing questions or more prudential policies here.

At the moment, this "see-no-evil" approach is manifested by President Obama's proposed sale of $60-plus billion of advanced American arms to Saudi Arabia. Unless Congress objects in the next few weeks, large quantities of sophisticated fighter planes, helicopters, missile systems and bombs will be transferred to the Saudis over the next decade.

Such weapons are, of course, unlikely to do much to help the Saudis with what the New York Times euphemistically calls their "problem" with "extremists" and "militants." The latter are, after all, simply acting upon the Saudis' own politico-military-legal code, Shariah.

These arms may or may not assure that the kingdom will provide down the road the sort of help its intelligence services reportedly gave us in recent days in countering "their problem" as it continues to metastasize around the world. Even less certain is whether this massive infusion of U.S. military equipment will have any appreciable impact in contending with the Saudis' other problem - and ours: a nuclear-armed and ever-more-aggressive Iran.

What does seem predictable, however, is that at some point, these arms will wind up in the hands of people who are not even our fair-weather friends. Candidates would include those among the 5,000 Saudi princes who take seriously their duty under Shariah to wage holy war against infidels like us. Then there are the followers of Osama bin Laden - some of whom are actually affiliated with al Qaeda, others of whom simply emulate him - who seek to supplant the Saudi royals and would love to have access to the kingdom's arsenal and oil wealth to pursue their jihadist ambitions against Israel and the United States.

Another possibility is that a nuclear-armed Iran may become so dominant a force in the Persian Gulf that it manages - one way or another, perhaps by direct force of arms or perhaps by collusion with the Shiites who populate the Saudis' most oil-rich region - to acquire this array of formidable American-supplied weaponry. While the dangers associated with such an eventuality may be mitigated somewhat by the need to have U.S. contractors maintain and support such weapons, they cannot be denied.

The United States simply can no longer afford to look the other way on Saudi double-dealing. The time to establish whose side they're really on and are likely to be on in the years to come is before we arm them to the teeth with weapons that could come back to bite us.


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JWR contributor Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration, heads the Center for Security Policy. Comments by clicking here.

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