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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 May 9, 2011 / 5 Iyar, 5771

Bin Laden is dead. What does it mean?

By David M. Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The White House has never seen a night quite like Sunday.

The president of the United States alerted the press he had an announcement not only for the nation but also for the world. He appeared gravely before a microphone announcing the death of a foreign leader and pronouncing it an act of justice. Outside the executive mansion crowds cheered. In military installations and at airports security was heightened. A great goal was achieved, but finality in the broader struggle remained elusive.

Osama bin Laden was the subject of the largest, longest and most important manhunt in the history of American national security. Kaiser Wilhelm II was an American opponent for one year, Hideki Tojo was the face of America's Japanese enemy in World War II for three years, and Adolf Hitler was the personification of America's war against Nazi Germany for four years. But for Americans, bin Laden's languid eyes and iron resolve were for nearly a full decade the symbol of evil, and of the dangerous new era the nation entered the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

During the first 24 hours details dribbled out about the raid on a $1 million mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan, surrounded by barbed wire but without Internet or even telephone connections -- the bin Laden analogue of the Fuhrerbunker where Hitler died in 1945 or the hole at the Tikrit farmhouse where Saddam Hussein was found in 2003 -- along with pictures of the bloody scene there at the end of a narrow dirt road 65 miles north of Islamabad.

The killing of bin Laden and his burial at sea may be the answer to many prayers and may eventually bring a safer world. But the death of the al-Qaida leader raises myriad questions and may raise the threat to Americans' safety for the time being. Here are some of those questions:

Is the death of bin Laden the 2011 equivalent of the death of Benito Mussolini or of Josef Stalin?

Mussolini's death, followed by the hanging of his body upside down at a Milan gas station (you can view the grim spectacle on YouTube), was one of the final steps on the way to Axis defeat in World War II. But the death of Stalin, who perished slowly after a stroke in 1953, was only a historical marker on the long Cold War road. Stalin eventually was succeeded by Nikita Khrushchev, who continued the Soviet struggle with the West, which would not end for another 36 years.

For all the talk of "closure" brought by the death of bin Laden, shot in the head by Navy SEALS, it neither closes the war on terrorism nor even the more narrow struggle against al-Qaida, which is one of many rogue extra-national groups that threaten the United States and its allies, particularly Israel. In fact, Washington cautioned Americans to increase rather than relax their vigilance.

What are the many meanings of the death of bin Laden?

For starters, it is a symbol of American determination even in the face of failure and frustration. The bin Laden trail grew cold many times, but former President George W. Bush and Obama were committed to root him out.

The death of al-Qaida's strategic and spiritual leader also signals that American human-intelligence efforts, derided if not ridiculed during the Iraq and Afghan wars, retain great strength and skill and that American military forces, who rehearsed the bin Laden raid twice, possess great flexibility and ingenuity.

Bin Laden's demise also suggests that terrorist leaders cannot forever escape American capture or killing.

Why did Obama make this moment his own?

The president announced the killing of the great American nemesis because it was the realization of what he described as "the most significant achievement to date" in the effort against terrorism. So important to the president was this operation in politically sensitive Pakistan that he personally authorized it.

The president also wanted to ensure that the death of bin Laden was handled discretely and without triumphalism. In this regard, the Obama announcement echoed President George H.W. Bush's admonition that American officials not gloat in the face of the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the demise of communism in 1989.

What are the dangers ahead?

The first is a retaliatory attack against U.S. companies, military installations or cultural icons at home or abroad. Foes of American policy or adherents to the bin Laden creed will be more motivated now than they have been in years.

Then there is the American relationship with Pakistan. Ties between the two nations, early allies in the war on terror, are frayed and will be further endangered as a result of this U.S. military operation. Though the president cited Pakistani assistance in the raid, officials in Islamabad were not notified in advance of the operation and on Monday emphasized it was an American effort prosecuted by American troops traveling in American helicopters.

Finally, what are the domestic political consequences 18 months before the American presidential election?

Certainly this success improves Obama's profile as a warrior against terrorism, buttressed by former President George W. Bush's remarks shortly after the announcement of bin Laden's death. The killing of bin Laden deprives Obama's rivals of criticism that his fecklessness permitted the nation's most-wanted enemy to operate unimpaired for another four years.

But these sorts of national-security triumphs often do not translate into political success. George H.W. Bush presided over the fall of communism and the defeat of Iraq but was himself defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992. Winston Churchill presided over the Allied effort in World War II but was ousted from office after victory in Europe and before victory in the Pacific. Both leaders lost decisively.

So this week's events enhance the president's re-election prospects, but offer no assurance of his political survival.

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David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Previously:



05/02/11 From nobodies to nominees
04/25/11 The founders left slavery for future generations to settle, and we still haven't fully come to terms with it
04/18/11 From audacious to cautious
04/11/11 Dreaming of space
12/12/10 The GOP takes control
12/06/10 DECEMBER 7
11/29/10 GOP presidential hopefuls already are lining up local supporters in what is now a red state
11/22/10 Burning down the House
11/15/10 Institutions of higher learning are finally beginning to teach important lifeskills
11/04/10 The war has just begun
11/01/10 Echoes of a speech 40 years ago this week still resonate today
10/25/10 50 years ago America chose between two men who were dramatically different --- and eerily similar





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