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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 June 16, 2014 / 18 Sivan, 5774

An appointment in Samarra

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Another day, another country left to the tender mercies of terrorists. Going by his own arbitrary, purely political deadline, this president and now only nominal Leader of the Free World has been intent on pulling American troops out of one country after another in the (always) troubled Middle East, with the result that one country after another is swallowed up by the all too familiar forces of chaos, terror, death and destruction.

This week's bad news is that oil-rich Mosul in Iraq has fallen to a terrorist outfit that makes al-Qaida look moderate. So add Mosul to the cities now captive to the forces of terror. And the road to Baghdad lies wide open before them. Next they have an appointment in Samarra and have already been spotted on its outskirts. For there is no longer an American presence in Iraq to stop them, or even serve as a tripwire as in Europe or Korea.

One hard-won gain after another in Iraq has been abandoned to the enemy. Think of Fallujah, where so much American blood was spilled. It's gone, too.

"The situation is certainly very grave on the ground," one spokesflack for the State Department acknowledged this week, which may be the understatement of the year.

Another official mouthpiece at State, the well-named Josh Earnest, said this country was watching developments in Iraq "very carefully." There. That ought to take care of the problem. This Mr. Earnest must be joshing, for he sounds like the last of the straight-faced kidders. Only what's happening in Iraq, and throughout the Middle East on this administration's watch, is anything but a joke.

Half a million Iraqis are now said to be fleeing for their lives, and their children's. The flow of refugees to the one stable part of Iraq -- Kurdistan -- is already beginning to overwhelm even the resourceful Kurds.

And who knows when the next Henry Kissinger will come along to betray the Kurds once again? For our State Department is back living in its own make-believe world -- an alternate reality where no American troops are needed, Iran's mullahs are serious about giving up their race to develop a nuclear weapon, and Syria is doing just fine under this president's policy of malign neglect. All as another once stable front in the war on terror collapses.

Nor has Washington voiced any objections to letting Hamas, another lovely bunch, into the new, now formally unified American-approved and American-financed Palestinian government or imitation of one. ("Ain't nobody here but us technocrats.") Right on schedule, the first rockets under this not-so-new Palestinian order have already been fired at Israeli targets. Quick on the trigger, these "technocrats."

Has there ever been a people so ill-served by its leaders as the Palestinians? Having been led to spurn one reasonable compromise after another over the years and decades, going back at least to the Peel Commission of 1937 and its recommendation that Palestine be partitioned into Arab and Jewish states, the Arabs of what was once Palestine have been left with almost nothing by now. And, despite all their pretenses of unity these days, a bitterly divided nothing at that. This time they seem to have become a failed state even before they've achieved statehood.

If you seek Barack Obama's monument, just look around at the Middle East, which is fast becoming one big repeat of Iraq in 2006, when not a day passed without another disaster. All that changed when a commander- in-chief who really was a commander-in-chief (George W. Bush) finally wised up, canned his incompetent secretary of defense (the snappy-talking Don Rumsfeld), and found a general (David Petraeus) who actually knew something about the art and science -- and conduct -- of counter-insurgency warfare.

That general's Surge turned everything around. By the time Bush II had left the Oval Office, the war in Iraq had essentially been won. Estimated civilian casualties were dramatically down from more than 30,000 in 2006 to less than 5,000 in 2009. American casualties were few if any. But all that progress has been reversed during this failing presidency, and Iraq is fast returning to its worst days.

"It is dangerous to be America's enemy," goes an old refrain among Middle East watchers, "but it is fatal to be her friend."

It's hard to see how this president will blame Iraq's collapse, too, on George W. Bush, but something doubtless he'll try. And next comes Afghanistan, which this administration is also moving to abandon by an arbitrary deadline.

Washington turned its back on Syria years ago, and its disintegration continues to send waves of suffering, instability and terrorism throughout the Middle East. How long before Americans must return to that nest of sorrows and clean up the shambles this administration is making of any coherent American foreign policy there?

If this be peace in our time, what would be disaster? If this is escaping death and destruction, what would rushing toward it be?

Let us end this tour d'horizon of disaster with a word from the one party sure to wax strong on it:

"Death Speaks: There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.

"The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra."

--John O'Hara, "Appointment in Samarra"

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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