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 Jan. 10, 2006 / 10 Teves, 5766

The fire in Iraq, again

By Michael Goodwin

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was nice while it lasted. The interlude of relative quiet in Iraq had me believing we had turned a corner, that maybe the new year would mean a new beginning.

Two days of mayhem last week cured that illusion. More than 200 people were killed in suicide attacks, including 30 mourners at a funeral and 60 pilgrims at a Shiite shrine. Iraqis weren't the only victims. Eleven American soldiers died in 24 hours, five when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in Baghad Thursday, bringing the American death total to 2,193.

The temptation is to ask why, as if something new has happened. In fact, nothing new has happened. The war has been a roller-coaster all along, with brief periods of relative quiet shattered by G-d-awful carnage. We lost 848 troops in 2004, and 846 last year. Through big swings of ups and downs, the overall result is a bloody consistency. And even now, the savage nature of the enemy defies comprehension.

Yet the recent lull seemed different because there were real reasons to believe, or at least hope, the pattern might be changing. The Dec. 15 elections, the third in the last year, had gone incredibly well. Insurgent attacks were few and the Sunni minority turned out in large numbers.

True, the elections followed a bloody patch, with 180 American soldiers killed in October and November. But it was possible to see those attacks as a spasm leading to the elections.

Moreover, President Bush had gone on the offensive throughout the fall, giving four well-received speeches in which he defined-down success. Instead of "total victory," he talked about growing Iraqi readiness and said more G.I.'s would be devoted to training instead of combat. There were even rumblings about a modest cut of 5,000 in the American force, which has usually been about 138,000. It didn't hurt that, in three television interviews, Bush took a softer tone toward critics, saying they were well-motivated but simply wrong.

The result was a bounce in public support for his handling of the war. After skidding to a low 39% approval rating in a Washington Post/ABC News survey in early November, Bush reached 47% just before Christmas. I wasn't alone in thinking we had turned a corner.

So it was a mass illusion. And the next poll will probably show mass disillusion.

This is not to counsel retreat. As Bush has said repeatedly, quitting Iraq, or even setting a deadline, is not an option. As bad as Iraq is, it surely would turn into hell on Earth without our military creating some sense of security. Withdrawal would further destabilize the region and make Iraq a true terror breeding ground.

But events of the last few days have served to remind us of the horrible reality that there is no end in sight to the enemy's ability to strike. Bush can talk all he wants, and we can hope along with him. But all that matters are the facts on the ground or, more accurately, what we see from our homes. And as long as newspapers and televisions are filled with blood-splattered bodies and grieving families - Iraqi and American - support for the war will inevitably decline.

By all means, the President should rally the nation as often as he can. He must, lest even congressional Republicans, fearing the fall elections, abandon the cause and force him to change course. Many more weeks like the last one will send supporters running for the exits and there will be no words, or hope, to bring them back again.

If Bush has any better cards to play, now would be the time to show them. While there still is time.

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.

Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News. Comment by clicking here.


© 2006, NY Daily News Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services