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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 March 10, 2010 / 24 Adar 5770

Death Checks In

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You can see it unfold frame by frame in the pictures taken by the luxury hotel's always-watching, always-recording closed-circuit TV cameras.

Click: Mr. Mahmoud al-Mabhouh of Gaza, Palestinian Territories and the terrorist world in general, checks into the luxury Al Bustan Rotana hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The time is punctiliously recorded: 15:25 Jan. 19, 2010. The distinguished, not to say notorious, guest has made no secret of his whereabouts. Nor does he have any reason to take precautions; he's in a friendly Arab country. And few have better security consultants. He couldn't be safer, or seem so. But he is already a condemned man, though he doesn't realize it. Not yet.

This is the day Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's extensive dossier will be closed. It includes acts others might consider crimes — like the kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldiers, and smuggling arms into Gaza for indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians just across the border. But these same activities win him plaudits across the Islamic world. In Gaza, where Hamas misrules. In Hezbollah's domain in Lebanon. In Damascus and Teheran and various other terrorist capitals and financial centers. He is always welcome in Dubai. Indeed, he'll be here for the (short) rest of his life.

Click: At 15:30, our guest is shown stepping out of the elevator on his floor. A couple of other guests, nattily attired in tennis togs, are close behind. It's their serve, Call it Fifteen-Love.

Click: At 18:32, two more members of the visiting team are captured on film as they arrive at the always hospitable Al Bustan. Thirty-love.

Click: At 20:27, a couple of other guests at the hotel, traveling on what will turn out to be forged passports, are pictured monitoring the hall outside Mr. Mabhouh's room. Forty-love.

Click: At 20:46, a TV camera shows two suspects leaving Mr. Mabhouh's floor. Someone has left a sign on his door: Do Not Disturb. Although by now there's little danger of that. No one is likely to disturb Mahmoud al-Mabhouh ever again. Not in this life. Call it game, set, match.

It's all over but the closing credits. The authorities in Dubai will later release pictures of the entire cast — put at 26 by one count. One of the supporting actresses, a redhead, smiles winsomely at the camera. Not since Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" has a killing involved so many suspects, or been so minutely chronicled. Only this one isn't much of mystery. The faces of the executioners are now known worldwide. But not their names, since all used others' passports or facsimiles thereof. Which means there will be diplomatic protests, speeches at the UN, all the usual formalities.

It would be interesting to examine the visitors' custom forms. How much in currency did they declare — and was it in dollars, euros, dinars or shekels? And what do you suppose they said was the purpose of their stopover, business or pleasure? Why not both? And why were so many of them necessary for what is usually entrusted to a lone assassin in the spy novels?

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An old hand at these things will later explain, in the Wall Street Journal, that "at least 25 people are needed to carry off something like this. You need 'eyes on' the target 24 hours a day to ensure that when the time comes he is alone. You need coverage of the police — assassinations go very wrong when the police stumble into the middle of one. You need coverage of the hotel security staff, the maids, the outside of the hotel. You even need people in back-up accommodations in the event the team needs a place to hide."

This was clearly no American operation using a long-distance drone, with all the accompanying risk to innocent life, aka collateral damage. This was close-up and personal. Nor was it some harum-scarum car bombing or random IED — the hallmark of Mr. Mabhouh's fellow terrorists.

My, who would do such a well-orchestrated thing? There's no proof, but the whole operation might as well as well have had a card attached: Compliments of Mossad, the Israeli version of the FBI, CIA, MI6 and Dirty Dozen combined.

Israeli authorities aren't talking — any more than they do about their nuclear arsenal. But they aren't denying, either. They never do. Talk about Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

But the Israeli public seems to have no doubt. The members of the cast were being feted as heroes even though their names, unlike their pictures, aren't bandied about. One Israeli parliamentarian volunteered to let them use his passport next time. It's a safe bet that by now they've all been discreetly decorated.

What a scandal. Israeli ambassadors in various European countries were called in for questioning. They knew nothing. They never do. For the record.

This is certainly is not the American Way — not any more, anyway. The days of Wild Bill Donovan and the old OSS of World War II are now history in more ways than one:


  • One of the first things our new, enlightened administration did was announce that CIA agents who engaged in less than orthodox methods to interrogate suspects would be candidates not for promotion but prosecution.

  • Christmas Day, a suspect apprehended by passengers aboard an American airliner before he could blow it out of the sky was questioned for a total of 50 minutes. Then, at the attorney general's direction, given his Miranda warning and provided legal counsel.

  • Earlier in this administration, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9-11 attacks, was going to be given a civil trial in downtown New York City, complete with all rights and privileges appertaining thereto. Then it dawned even on this administration that violations of the laws of war might better be tried before military courts.

  • The prison at Guantanamo Bay, specifically constructed to hold the most dangerous of terrorists, is to be closed, its occupants shifted to the American mainland, or maybe released on their word of supposed honor. Already some have resurfaced — attacking American troops in Afghanistan. Again.

Meanwhile, the assassination of a prominent terrorist in Dubai draws protests from around the world and, of course, at the United Nations, where no terrorist haven goes unrepresented. Gentle Reader may safely be trusted to judge which approach to fighting terrorism is really the scandal.

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