Home
In this issue
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 Nov. 30, 2010 / 23 Kislev, 5771

All atwitter about news of the obvious

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | That leaked cable traffic between U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the government in Washington, which has officials in a dozen capitals all atwitter, so far only confirms what everyone who reads newspapers already knows:

There's no shortage of dangerously pious nonsense.

So far we've seen and heard nothing explode, except for a few soggy firecrackers, like rude noises in a church pew. A few editors, notably atthe New York Times, are posing as heroes of the free world, but it's only a pose. The leaker, Julian Assange, an Australian, is painted as James Bond, but he's more like - in the apt description of one anonymous Internet blogger - "a little boy playing at being a mystery hero, and like so many of the childish left, he is utterly bewitched by his sense of self-importance."

Nevertheless, gossip is fun, which is why it's the second-most-popular naughty pastime. So far we've learned that unnamed diplomats in Moscow think that President Dmitry Medvedev plays "Robin" to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's "Batman"; that someone in the Seoul embassy thinks Kim Jong-il is a "flabby old chap" who suffered "physical and psychological trauma" as a result of a stroke; that someone in the Paris embassy noticed that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has "a thin-skinned and authoritarian personal style"; that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi likes girls, the younger and shapelier the better and that the charge d'affaires at the embassy in Rome thinks he's "feckless and vain"; that American diplomats in Kabul think President Hamid Karzaiis weak and frightened; that his own aides think President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is "a crazy old man," and that an adviser to Sultan Qaboos of Oman thinks Moammar Gadhafi of Libya is "just strange."

Well, duh. Stop the press.

The more serious stuff so far only confirms what we long ago figured out, that the saner Muslims in the Middle East are as terrified of the Iranian nuclear program as we are and want somebody, even if it has to be Christians and Jews, to do something about it. According to American diplomats, governments in Jordan and Bahrain openly urge the Iranians be "stopped" by any means necessary. Officials in Saudi Arabia, Egyptand the United Arab Emirates agree with George W. Bush's description of Iran as "evil," a description widely mocked in the salons of the Upper East Side and on the Op-Ed pages of newspapers admired on the Upper East Side.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned in February, according to the leaked cable traffic, that if the diplomats fail, there's a "risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East." The Israeli intelligence chief warned last year, in a classic exercise of understatement, that "Israel is not in a position to underestimate Iran and be surprised as the United States[were] on 11 September 2001." Asked to respond, a spokesman at the State Department said it was U.S. policy not to comment on "materials," including classified documents, which may have leaked. Translation: "Sounds about right."

Duh, again. Nevertheless, it's reassuring, even if reassurance from stolen goods, that the gatekeepers aren't as sleepy at the switch as they often appear to be. The revelations that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is particularly terrified of the poisonous nut in Iran are particularly reassuring. He wants the United States to destroy the Iranian nuclear sites, which makes you wonder why Saudi Arabia has been buying up all the planes and bombs it can persuade Washington to sell. We have the word of the Saudi ambassador to Washington that the king has exhorted the U.S. government to "cut off the head of the snake." We now have on the record that the Israeli defense minister estimated in June 2009 that "between six and 18 months from now stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable." After that, "any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage." That estimate puts the closing of the window at just about New Year's Eve.

None of these disclosures will prevent ranting and railing in the usual places, including Saudi Arabia, and on the editorial pages of the New York Times, when the Israelis do for the rest of the world what the rest of the world agrees must be done. But we can be sure that somewhere deep in the royal palace the king will be lifting a glass, maybe filled with champagne, in salute to the Jews.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times. Comment by clicking here.

Wesley Pruden Archives

© 2007 Wesley Pruden

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles