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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. 14, 2005 / 11 Tishrei, 5766

Media misses big/good news while focusing on the quag-Mier

By Tony Snow

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While conservatives in Washington bloodied one another over the Supreme Court candidacy of Harriet Miers, something interesting occurred beyond the Beltway. The United States inched closer to winning the War on Terror.

Exhibit A: U.S. intelligence officials published a July 9 letter from Al-Qaida's de facto leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to the outfit's murderous Iraqi boss, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The tome drips with sad-sack defeatism, and reads more like a will than a manifesto.

Picture the scene: Zawahiri is writing from a cave in Nowherestan. He's watching the TV. He scans the news and realizes that, with the possible exception of the United Nations and France, the whole world hates him. Worse, his greatest hopes rest upon the shoulders of an Islamist Billy the Kid — a trigger-happy zealot who cannot suppress his homicidal impulses.

The letter begins on a piteous note: "We are following your news, despite the difficulty and hardship. ... The enemy struck a blow against us with the arrest of Abu al-Faraj (al-Libbi)," Zawahiri's top lieutenant.

Then comes this: "The real danger comes from the agent Pakistani army that is carrying out operations in the tribal areas looking for mujahedeen." In other words, there's nowhere to hide. The Pakistani military, which for years aided and abetted Al-Qaida, has joined Team Bush.

Such soft moans set the tone for the 13-page tome. Zawahiri sees a tsunami rolling straight toward the jihadis, and he is not happy.

He doesn't say so directly, but he blames Zarqawi for much of the mess. He warns that the gruesome tactics of Iraqi terrorists, such as "scenes of slaughtering the hostages," have backfired. "More than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield in the media," he says, explaining patiently that you can't make converts of corpses.

He also acknowledges that Iraqis hate the insurgents — which is why he feels compelled to ask rather pathetically whether the masses might accept domination by a bunch of non-Iraqi Muslim extremists.

Yet, nothing tops the letter's parting lines. They disclose the note's real purpose — the thing the author repeatedly has avoided saying because it strips away his pride and exposes his dishabille: "If you're capable of sending a payment of approximately one hundred thousand, we'll be very grateful to you." This is like a college kid's asking Mom and Dad for help, only to have them report that they've lost the house and need five bucks to gas up the car, so they can park outside his dorm.

Exhibit B: Sunni and Shi'a Muslims in Iraq agreed upon the text of a new constitutional referendum, paving the way for a Dec. 15 election to approve a new constitution, which will make possible a January vote to pick a government. If Iraqis begin sporting purple fingers again, it's over for the terror masters.

Exhibit C: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice quietly persuaded the government of Kyrgyzstan to reverse its decision to kick American forces out of the country and instead to sign a long-term deal giving the U.S. military access to an important airbase. The agreement preserves a crucial staging ground for operations in Afghanistan.

These three developments, along with news of a nascent economic boom in Afghanistan (not just in the poppy fields) and a shockingly positive assessment of the Iraq war effort by Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., tell a hugely important story: The Bush administration's strategy of taking measured action against identified enemies has worked.

Our forces have killed or captured thousands of fighters. They have gutted the leadership of key terror organizations. And they have built goodwill within Iraq by proving that they're more interested in securing than stifling human rights. While American soldiers rebuild schools and oilfields, jihadis bomb mosques.

At the same time, the United States has managed to choke off lines of supply into Iraq and destroy the terror network's financial infrastructure. This explains why the acting head of Al-Qaida, an organization previously awash in big bucks from the bin Laden family, has to beg for spare change. He knows the jig is up, and a glimpse at the map says it all: Afghanistan, free. Kyrgyzstan, cooperative. Iraq, trending democratic. Iran, unhappy.

Harriet Miers makes for great pundit fodder, but the news from Mesopotamia has far greater impact on the free world's fate and fortunes. The unheralded truth is that George Bush's tactics and strategy are working — as documented by the sweetest source of all, bin Laden's right-hand man.

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