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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 July 28, 2014 / 1 Menachem-Av, 5774

Like a hotel burglar . . .

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Our president and his crew of Great Minds have managed to "reset" relations with Russia, all right -- all the way back to Cold War times.

With an America sick of all those entangling alliances once known as the Free World, and turning its back on old friends and the world in general, the stage was set for Moscow to start grabbing pieces of other countries again. First came a nibble of Georgia, then the whole Crimean peninsula, and now the swath of eastern Ukraine just across what used to be an international border.

Emerging from hibernation, the Russian bear's appetite was only whetted with every course. It could have been the 1940s again, or the '50s or '60s or ... any time there was still a Soviet Union instead of today's convincing facsimile thereof under another name.

To quote a line sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, history doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme. And once again Kipling's bear that walks like a man is on the loose. The usual thuggery has now been placed in charge of the usual "people's republics" with the usual support of the thug-in-chief in the Kremlin, and equipped with the usual arsenal, including surface-to-air missiles.

Oops. Did I just refer to Vladimir Putin as a thug? That's bad form these days, like Winston Churchill referring to Hitler, Goebbels and the rest of that bunch as guttersnipes. That's a most undiplomatic thing to say, and the more accurate, the more unacceptable in polite circles -- the kind of elite circles Neville Chamberlain once frequented, and whose dinner parties might be upset by such coarse language.

How tactless of me. Those aren't thugs, not at all, but "political operatives," which was the standard euphemism for Soviet agents during those years V. Putin was going up the career ladder with the KGB, now known as the FSB in the not so new Russia. All that was before the fall of the Evil Empire disrupted Comrade Putin's rise but not for long. Just long enough to change his cover but not his tactics.

Russia may have changed its name and even its official ideology -- from Marxism- Leninism to the more traditional Great Russian nationalism -- but not its ways. How describe its all too familiar modus operandi? The best way might be to use Ronald Reagan's analogy. For he had a disturbing habit of calling a threat to world peace a threat to world peace. The Gipper once compared the old Soviet Union's technique to that of the hotel burglar who methodically goes down the corridor checking every door till he comes across one that's been left unlocked. Then he enters and takes whatever's worth taking. It helps if the house detective is taking a nap at the time.

Mr. Reagan had a way with words, not to mention a way of facing harsh realities -- and recognizing evil -- that offended more genteel souls, who much preferred living in their own dream world. Like our current Pollyanna of a president, who never seems to have met a bully he couldn't make excuses for. Or a victim he could resist blaming, or at least accusing of an over-reaction to merely being attacked.

How little the new Russia differs from the old. The more it changes, the more its brutalities remain the same. And so do its cover stories. No, there's no utterly convincing, 100 percent conclusive proof that Moscow was behind the downing of a Malaysian airliner the other day that cost the lives of all 298 innocents aboard. Any more than a detective who finds the suspect crouching over a bullet-riddled corpse with a smoking gun in his hand can be 100 percent sure who dunnit. After all, he didn't actually see the crime committed, but only gathered a plenitude of evidence afterward, all of which points to our old familiar suspect. If said suspect isn't guilty, he certainly acts like it, right down to the unconvincing alibis.



It would take a capacious folder indeed to hold the still mounting pile of evidence in this case. If it's all circumstantial, the cumulative weight of it is enough to make it more than circumstantial. By now it would be almost a statistical impossibility for anyone but V. Putin and rough company to have shot down that passenger plane with a surface-to-air missile.

Take a look at the growing stack of documentary evidence. For example:


  • The video of a SAM rocket launcher with one rocket not so mysteriously missing being driven away from the likely scene of the crime in Russian-controlled territory.

  • The growing flow of weaponry from Russia to its puppets in eastern Ukraine.

  • The detection of a SAM missile being launched at about the same time as the passenger plane was hit.

  • The camps in southwestern Russia where those separatist fighters are trained in the use of anti-aircraft weapons and other arms.

  • The number of Ukrainian military planes that have been shot down over the past month.

  • The intercepted phone calls from Russian agents -- excuse me, political operatives -- taking credit for the missile strike. As well as the phone calls concocting a cover story to explain away all these more than suspicious circumstances.

More evidence is doubtless to come as the remains of the victims are finally turned over to Dutch authorities -- after being left to rot in the summer sun for days before anyone trustworthy could get to them.

No, there's still no smoking gun in this case, but there's certainly been a smoking missile.

Just as in Cold War days, Moscow's version of this mass murder is a mirror image of the one presented by all the currently available evidence. Its story, and it's sticking to it, is that the passenger plane was really shot down by the Ukrainian military. You know, the way Poland invaded Nazi Germany in 1939.

It's called disinformation, to use the not-so-dated Soviet terminology. And you can be sure it will be parroted by the usual Blame America First crowd with a slightly new twist (Blame Ukraine First), but an old Soviet term still applies to such stooges: Useful Idiots.

A dizzying sense of Deja Vu comes back along with the stench of those 298 bodybags. Remember the downing of that Korean airliner in 1983? For days, even weeks, the Kremlin stuck to its cover story. Then, too, all the clues pointed to the usual culprit, whatever geriatric case was in charge of the Kremlin at the time. For the old Soviet empire was starting to crumble and its propaganda was already no longer as believable. And yet Moscow denied its guilt for the longest time -- until the Soviet archives were opened and it could no longer be denied. Murder, like truth, will out.

Maybe the world will have to wait till the fall of the current Russian autocracy to confirm its complicity in this crime and tragedy, too. But when those archives are opened one distant day, they should make enlightening reading. There's nothing like old records to shed new light, especially when they read like a criminal dossier. But the historian of the future may have trouble reading these particular papers. They'll be covered with blood.

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

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