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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 Oct 25, 2011 / 27 Tishrei, 5772

A ‘kill bump’ not to die for

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Presidential elections don't turn on what's happening abroad. Barack Obama could be grateful for that much.

Gallup finds that a tiny "kill bump" rewarded the president after the capture and slaying of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, but good news from the Islamic world, which hasn't yet felt the dawn of the 9th century, always comes with a catch. The desert tyrant can be expected to stay dead, but Libya's oppressed masses won't be much better off than they were. Another tyrant is always on the way.

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, who as the chairman of the National Transitional Council is the de-facto president of the country, promised Sunday that sharia, the Islamic legal system that imposes order with misery and dread, will be the "basic source" of Libyan law. He "clarified" it later, but the clarification fooled no one.

This is not good news for anybody. Mr. Abdul-Jalil announced quickly that interest on loans would be prohibited, according to sharia law. "Interest creates disease and hatred among people," he said. Anyone who has ever taken out a bank loan might be tempted to cheer. But that's only the beginning. It's the rest of sharia, which makes abusing women a national sport, that offends the centuries between 9 and 21.

The "good news" from the Middle East was supposed to offset fresh bad news for Mr. Obama at home, where "good news" continues to range between bad and awful. Democratic congressmen, reports Politico, the Capitol Hill daily, are treating him as if he has a contagious disease for which there is no cure. In his recent campaign trips though Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania -- all Obama states in 2008 -- the usual congressional escorts who usually paste themselves to visiting presidents with super glue were conspicuously missing.

Only Sen. Kay Hagan, who isn't up for re-election until 2014, and a congressman who represents a majority-black district, showed up for the traditional photograph with the president in North Carolina. "Obama may end up being the Walter Mondale of 1984," a Raleigh Democratic strategist tells Politico. Only the state agriculture commissioner could be recruited to appear with the Democratic nominee in that year. Similar stories are reported in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

"You've got 15 members from Michigan and everyone has a different reason [for not being there]," says Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving Democrat in Congress. "My reason was, I had different things to do."

Mr. Obama's "kill bump" for his part in the reluctant campaign to depose Gadhafi is not likely to be any longer-lasting than earlier "kill bumps" in the wake of the earlier dispatches of tyrants. The Arab spring that so seduced the easily impressed in the West is turning out to be mostly the usual wishes and dreams. The imposition of sharia law is par for the course, surprising only those who imagine that Islam wants to be reformed.

In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai, who owes his existence to American arms, told a Pakistani interviewer on Sunday that if disputes between the United States and Pakistan should ever escalate into violence and war, Afghanistan would stand with Pakistan. "If ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan."

No one expects such a war. Indeed, some of our best wars are unexpected, and Mr. Karzai's blunt expression of ingratitude takes breath only of someone already breathless. Besides, if there's no crying in baseball, there's certainly no such thing as "gratitude" among nations. Mr. Karzai is merely hedging his bets in anticipation of the day when Barack Obama withdraws American soldiers from Afghanistan, as he says he will do by the end of the year in Iraq.

If he has an appetite for more wars in the Islamic world, he could get another "kill bump" if he could arrange the dispatch of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Only yesterday, Robert Ford, the American ambassador in Damascus, who has supported the Syrians who are trying to replicate uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, had to flee to Washington after mobs attacked the embassy. The State Department said he would return, and demanded the Syrian government do what civilized governments do elsewhere, provide protection and put a stopper in a "smear campaign of malicious and deceitful propaganda" against him.

Washington is concerned that "all kinds of falsehoods" are being spread about the ambassador, "whether by citizens or whether by thugs of one kind or another." In the Middle East it's usually impossible to tell the difference.

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