Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Caught in the Backlash of the Storm
Military historians speak of the "fog of war" that clouds the decisions of commanders in the midst of battle. In the wake of the catastrophic storm that devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, we may well speak of a "fog of bureaucracy" that obscures the ability of governments to take action when needed. While most of the...
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What would happen if mosques were burned - and other silly questions
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Several years ago before I came to Philadelphia, I accompanied the former governor of Connecticut on his first trip to Israel. In my journalistic capacity, I tagged along as John Rowland, then considered an up-and-coming star of the Republican Party, was schlepped around Jerusalem on a whirlwind tour conducted by guides from Israel's foreign ministry. But as we were winding...
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Douglas M. Bloomfield
Hopes that President Bush would take advantage of what he called Israel's "courageous and painful" disengagement from Gaza to press the Palestinian Authority to finally begin dismantling the terror network were dashed last month when he appeared to retreat from that position. That was the message beneath the surface of this week's presidential praise of Israel and Bush's call on...
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Operative Word? Obligation! In the days since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the reaction from the rest of the country has been a mixture of shock, horror and anger at the level of devastation and the plight of many of the victims. But along with the inevitable recriminations about the effectiveness of the nation's response to...
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Don’t Champion Flight; Stress the Sorrow of It! The tears that streamed down the faces of thousands of Jewish men, women and children forcibly removed from their homes in Gaza are not even dry yet. Yet Leslie Susser of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is already championing the expulsion of hundreds of thousands more of our co-religionists from Judea and the...
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