In this issue

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 August 30, 2013/ 24 Elul, 5773

Up the hill and down again

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Bashar al-Assad won Round 1, and there probably won't be a Round 2. The momentum toward punishing the Syrian regime, payback for what everyone agrees are war crimes and crimes against humanity, has dissipated. Momentum blunted is difficult to recover.

Through leaks, winks and nudges, President Obama first did a reasonably persuasive imitation of Sylvester Stallone and the Terminator, as the bold and decisive man of war bubbling with testosterone. He sounded as if he were trying to remind the world of George H.W. Bush who on the eve of the campaign to evict Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, famously cried: "This will not stand."

Barack Obama trying to look tough is about as convincing as a little boy showing up in his first long pants with a popgun, and by the end of the week it was clear that the only leaders he had frightened were himself and David Cameron, the prime minister in London. Soon all across the West "leaders" were crawling away from their enthusiasm for confrontation. The photographs and videos of the stricken children and the descriptions of the hideous way they died had gone down the memory hole.

President Obama gave an interview to PBS at midweek to insist that he really hadn't made up his mind about what he could do to punish the brutal Syrian generals. He might send "a shot across the bow," to tell Mr. Assad to "stop doing this." You could hear him stamp the presidential foot.

There was bipartisan agreement in Congress that finding justification for punishing the Syrian military is no "slam dunk," to echo the unfortunate metaphor the director of the CIA employed to argue for the "shock and awe" of the second Gulf War.

The president's dithering might well reflect legitimate concern, and in any event it reflects the lack of public enthusiasm in the West for doing anything about the Syrian outrage, beyond "lobbing a few missiles into the men's room of the Kremlin," to recall a jest from the Cold War. There's surely a suitable men's room at Syrian army headquarters. But there has been no actual outrage; mostly it was revulsion at the plight of the children.

Bashar al-Assad will read bluster as sufferance to continue with business as usual. Caution in the West has given way to reluctance on the way to complacency in the usual quarters. Britain, in league with France, led the early bluster and promises of retribution, only to retreat to the usual diplomatic argle-bargle by the end of the week. The Cameron government said it was now in "no rush" to do anything and was content to wait for the U.N. fact-finding team in Syria to report its findings, no doubt by Christmas.

The diplomats are concerned that they have nothing to conclusively tie Bashar al-Assad to the chemical attacks, no emails, no admission of guilt, no piece of paper with his authorizing signature on it. A spokesman for the State Department concedes the obvious, however, that a commander in chief is ultimately responsible "even if he's not the one who pushes the button." No one ever found a piece of paper with Hitler's name on it, either.

There are arguments, some better than others, for staying out of the internecine wars of the Middle East, where despots replace despots and points of Islamic theology are never settled. But President Obama and his counterparts in the West have made things infinitely worse by drawing red lines, viewing with alarm and warning of bow shots, and following up with more verses of the same old song.

The president's reassurance to the Syrian generals that he's not after "regime change," that he intends only "limited, tailored approaches" and he's wary of "getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, Iraq" (take that, George W.) is all the reassurance Mr. Assad needs to continue his campaign of eradication of his own people, with chemicals if that's the menu choice that pleases him. Better to have turned a blind eye and said nothing than to demonstrate that America no longer has the ability, or the will, to project power.

The president's one-day-hot, the next-day- lukewarm dithering mimics the English nursery rhyme (perhaps there was an equivalent in his Islamic school in Djakarta) about the grand old Duke of York: "Oh, the grand old Duke of York/He had ten thousand men/He marched them to the top of the hill/And he marched them down again."

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