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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 June 20, 2012/ 30 Sivan, 5772

Obama gives a lift to al Qaeda

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Amid the sharp accusations that the Obama administration "leaks" classified intelligence information to make the president look like a tough, drone-admiring protector of national security, two separate, fact-based reports from Yemen appeared in the June 14 New York Times. These reports, which should have been linked into a front-page story, show how grateful Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is to Barack Obama as he focuses on who is to be assassinated on the "kill lists."

In "How Drones Help Al Qaeda," Ibrahim Mothana, a Yemini writer and co-founder of the Watan Party, cites Robert Grenier, formerly in charge of the CIA's counterterrorism center, warning "that the American drone program in Yemen risks turning the country into a safe haven for Al Qaeda, like the tribal areas of Pakistan."

Adds Mothana: "The drone program is leading to the Talibanization of vast tribal areas and the radicalization of people who could otherwise be America's allies in the fight against terrorism in Yemen."

Obama and his CIA have already succeeded in doing much of that in Pakistan.

Explains Mothana: "The situation is quite likely to get worse now that Washington has broadened its rule of engagement to allow so-called signature strikes."

What's that?

"When surveillance data suggest a terrorist leader may be nearby but the identities of all others targeted is not known.

"Such loose rules risk redefining 'militants' as any military-age males seen in a strike zone."

They are turned into "suspects" to also be wiped out.

Gee, who can now legitimately call Obama "soft" on terrorism? Shouldn't he be returning his Nobel Peace Prize? The president is just expanding and deepening the legacy of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, who often spoke of "preserving American values."

Like, "kill lists"?

Consider the other June 14 New York Times story from Yemen: "For Yemen's New President, a Battle for Control and a Tug of War With the Past." Note how differently the term "militant" is used to describe actual Al Qaeda killers:

"Financially struggling, Yemen is facing an increasingly brazen Qaeda franchise that controls large parts of its territory in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa. With the government and army remaining fractured, the militants take advantage of the power vacuum."

And "even with the military's recent gains against Ansar al-Sharia, a Qaeda-linked group, militants control vast territory in the south. This is the case even as American drone strikes have sharply increased and about 20 American military advisers have arrived in Yemen to provide intelligence support."

As the advisers do their work, of course, there will be more murderous drone strikes, creating more mass hatred of the United States.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, President Obama's deep affection for killer drones is helping Al Qaeda gain recruits and adding to anti-American feeling there. Glenn Greenwald, a penetrating reporter and luminous news analyst whose byline I never miss, writes of yet another old-fashioned American value that is being scorned by Obama's CIA's robotic drones:

"In February, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism documented that after the U.S. kills people with drones in Pakistan, it then targets for death those who show up at the scene to rescue the survivors and retrieve the bodies, as well as those who gather to mourn the dead at funerals" ("U.S. again bombs mourners," salon.com, June 4).

Citing the bureau's report, he writes: "The CIA's drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals."

Does this make you proud to be an American?

"This repellant practice continues," Greenwald adds. "Over the last three days, the U.S. has launched three separate drone strikes in Pakistan: one on each day ... It was the second strike ... that targeted mourners gathered to grieve those killed in the first strike."

Included was one of those whose brother had been killed in that morning's attack.

"Note," says Greenwald -- and I would add that Obama in particular should note -- "that there is no suggestion, even from the 'officials' on which these media reports (as usual) rely, that the dead man was a terrorist or even a 'militant.' He was simply receiving condolences for his dead brother.

"But pursuant to the standards embraced by President Obama, the brother ... is inherently deemed a 'combatant' and therefore a legitimate target for death solely by virtue of being a 'military-age male in a strike zone.'"

And keep this in mind about our super-tough commander-in-chief: "Of course, killing family members of bombing targets is nothing new for this president: Let's recall the still unresolved question of why (U.S. citizen) Anwar Awlaki's 16-year-old American son, Abdulrahman, was killed by a U.S. drone attack in Yemen two weeks after his father was killed."

And no one was punished or even charged.

Four more years of Obama! Will Mitt Romney be any more devoted to the most basic human rights? Will the United States ever go back to practicing the presumption of innocence? How many citizens, including the new generation, have even heard of the presumption of innocence in our rule of law?

How can the Americans we are becoming ever give a damn about bringing back the Constitution? The day after 9/11, President Bush said: "We will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms."

Bush is still here. What does he think now?

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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