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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 August 22, 2013/ 16 Elul, 5773

Iraq, the Perfect Ingrate

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maybe Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq should not have been in such a hurry to bid American troops adieu as he was back in 2007. What is more, maybe President Barack Obama should have come up with a few more compelling proposals for American troops to stay in Iraq for a few more years. After all, we did expend all that blood and treasure in getting the Sunni and the Shiite to live together peacefully — no car bombs, no suicide bombers. I think Prime Minister Maliki would agree with me. Iraq was a relatively peaceful place to live when there were American troops stationed nearby.

Now the place sounds hideous. Certainly you would not want to be a tourist agent in Baghdad. What would be your most fetching sights, a cafe that recently hosted a Kia minivan that exploded, or a Kia minivan that went up in flames in front of a theater? Kia minivans, apparently, are the vehicles of choice for roadside bombs, cars that suddenly go boom in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. Maybe the tourist guide could take his clients to a Kia showroom.

Back in early 2007, President George W. Bush ordered the surge. At the time Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid was pronouncing: "This war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything." Nonetheless, Bush endured. Following General David Petraeus' plan he sent in some 20,000 additional troops to weed out the roadside bombers and pacify the militias. In a matter of months the slaughter of civilians had ended. Sunni militias were becoming agents of peace, not mindless slaughter, and Iraq was becoming a peaceful country.

Then Maliki and Obama bungled the peace treaty. American troops were unceremoniously asked to leave the country. Washington put the best face possible on it and now what have you? Incipient chaos! I think in all of American history we have had no more ungrateful allies than the Iraqis under Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who is now holed up behind cement walls in the Green Zone guarded by tanks and armor. The fortified Green Zone is one last gift from the vanishing American army.



A week ago on Saturday, there was a horrid attack in Iraq. It was preceded by a text message from Maliki to his citizenry's cell phones. Have a happy Id al-Fitr, he wrote from his fortified post. Enjoy the "security, stability and prosperity" Iraq was luxuriating in on this feast at the end of Ramadan. Then kaboom, kaboom — the bombs went off. A few hours latter a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, one Saad Maan, appeared on state television to assure the populace that not much harm had been done. He congratulated the security forces, lamenting that one soldier had been killed defusing a bomb and expressing the government's sympathies for the other sole civilian casualty. Yet otherwise everything was OK.

Or was it? Actually, hours later, it was reported by news sources that three-dozen people were killed and more that 100 were injured. Iraqis laughed cynically and compared Maan to Baghdad Bob, the information minister during Saddam Hussein's last days, who, as the American Army rolled into Baghdad, kept telling the world that Saddam's armed forces were making minced meat out of the Americans.

The problem in Iraq is that the Shiite majority and the Sunni minority hate each other. Just when the Americans were getting them to live peacefully together, the Americans were ordered out of the country and our President went along with it. Now al-Qaida in Iraq is bombing the Shiites, stirring up the security forces against the Sunnis, and the whole country is headed for a civil war.

I return to my thesis on the Middle East that has held for forty years. Some critics complain that if the Israelis would be more accommodating, the Middle East would be a happy land. I say if there were no Israel there still would be blood flowing in the Middle East. Consider conditions in Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Syria and now Iraq. Israel is the only peaceful, prosperous, free democracy out there. Maybe Iraq could send a delegation of Sunnis and Shiites to Israel to see how it is done.

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