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Dawdling Diplomacy Emboldens Terrorists

By Ron Rubin

When confronted by terrorism, action trumps inaction. So runs the conceptual underpinning of President Bush’s case for military pre-emption. Despite such tough rhetoric, America’s dawdling diplomacy regarding the liberation of Iraq makes it seem as though the president has failed to heed his own rule of statecraft.Nearly half a year has passedRead More


America Severs Its Abrahamic Ties, One ‘Small, Good Thing’ at a Time

By David Klinghoffer

The writer Raymond Carver once penned a short story with a distinctly minimalist yet memorable title: “A Small, Good Thing.” It’s about a boy who dies in a hospital of “complications,” and whose parents are comforted by a friendly baker who gives them warm rolls — food being a “small, good thing” that makes us feel better when weRead More


Prime Minister Sharon and the Belgian Tool of Law

By Arthur Lenk

A central message of Jewish history is that justice, true justice, must be sought. The most enduring image of Israel’s great King Solomon was not as a warrior, a conqueror, a lover or a builder. The picture most of us first think of is his message of justice and the rule of logic and law.Israel properly takes great pride in its Supreme Court andRead More


The Price Of U.S. Power

By Leonard Fein

Now comes the estimable Shimon Peres, Nobel peace laureate, erstwhile prime minister of the Third Jewish Commonwealth and principal developer of the intimate relationship between Israel and France during the 1950s — when France was Israel’s critical source of arms — and proposes that India replace France on the United Nations…Read More


Trust Bush To Trust Congress

By Gil Troy

Just who is George W. Bush? Is he “Top Gun,” as Newsweek recently crowned him, or “The Right Man,” as David Frum argues in his book, a master of strategy besting Democrats and Iraqis with ease? Is he the “deliberate, patient” visionary Bob Woodward depicts in “Bush at War,” a leader so clever, so engaged, that the “most awful…Read More


A Marijuana Crusader Defends His Healing Mission

By Ed Rosenthal

There is no doubt among knowledgeable physicians and researchers that marijuana is a medicine. It has proven anti-spasmodic, analgesic and anti-nausea properties, and has an incredible safety record. There are no recorded deaths from its use and overindulgence results in drowsiness and a sound sleep.In the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live,Read More


The Holocaust Denier Who Would Be Yasser Arafat’s Prime Minister

By Rafael Medoff

While European Union officials praised Yasser Arafat’s decision to appoint his first-ever prime minister, historians of the Holocaust were wincing at the thought that a leading candidate for the job is the author of a book questioning whether the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews.The candidate is Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen,Read More


Who’s Afraid Of the Big, Bad Israel Debate?

By Jill Jacobs

Earlier this month a Torah commentary that I wrote for the Jewish Theological Seminary’s weekly student newsletter was rejected on the grounds that it included a critique of Israeli government policies. The decision by a member of the administration not to print the Torah commentary prompted the resignation of the student editor of theRead More


A Homeless Babushka’s Shopping Cart

By Roseline Glazer

I’ve never spoken to homeless people. They frighten me. Once, while walking out of a Starbucks in SoHo carrying my coffee, a wild-looking man walked over and began screaming. I ran away as I watched him lunge at me. I had no confidence that onlookers would help me out, and felt lucky my body remembered I had been a sprinter in my youngerRead More


For Aging Survivors, a Prescription for Disaster

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Somewhere in hell, Hitler, Eichmann and their cohorts must be laughing.While elderly Holocaust survivors cannot afford proper medical treatment and are forced to subsist on the edge of poverty, the German government provides full healthcare and generous pensions to its World War II veterans. It is utterly obscene that former NaziRead More


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