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Immorality of leaving Iraq

On every level and from every perspective — from pure national interest to the purely moral — the decision by the Obama administration and the Democratic Party to withdraw American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is indefensible.

Let’s look at Iraq.

Here is how the front-page article in the Jan. 12 edition of USA Today began:

“When the last US combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaida and an Iraq where traditional rivals Sunni and Shiite Muslims were sharing power in the world’s only Arab democracy.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:13 )

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Liberal Lens

Reefer sanity takes hold in Colorado

Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an advertisement that is now worth revisiting. “I smoked weed and nobody died,” intoned the teenage narrator. “I didn’t get into a car accident. I didn’t O.D. on heroin the next day. Nothing happened.” The television spot from the White House drug czar was intended to discourage marijuana use by depicting it as boring. B...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:13 )

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Conservative Lens

America, ‘greatest threat to peace’?

LAST week the International Business Times reported:?“In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24% of all respondents answered that the US ‘is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.’Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the US on the poll, with 8 and 6%, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4%.” For those of us who bel...
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View From Denver

Crossing the Red Sea — 46 years ago

Crossing the Red Sea — 46 years agoAPPROXIMATELY 46 years ago, when I was a student at Yeshiva University, I sat for an exam with Rabbi Mendel Zaks. On one level, the scene was surrealistic, perhaps even absurd. Sitting behind the desk was this wizened, elderly, European sage, whose countenance bespoke deep wisdom and a natural, embracing, soothing kindness. In the front of the table was a young man — me — born and raised in the American West, far removed from the world of Rabbi Zaks and incapable of fathoming the extent o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 January 2014 02:13 )

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View From Denver

Why is rosh chodesh the first mitzvah?

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg’s Torah column is this week written by guest columnist Chaim M. Goldberg, a sophomore at Yeshiva University. IN this week’s Torah portion, “Bo,” the ancient Israelites are given their first mitzvah as a nation, that of rosh chodesh, the determination of the new month (three mitzvot were given to individuals in the book of Genesis). The date of the new month is not merely looked up on a calendar; it is determined through human initiative, as two witnesses must test...
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30,000 attend funeral of U.S. lone soldier Max Steinberg

Marcy Oster A crowd estimated at 30,000 flooded the funeral of American lone soldier Max Steinberg, who was killed in Gaza. ... [Link]

Met Council’s William Rapfogel sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison

Julie Wiener William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme. ... [Link]

Israel’s Gaza actions could be war crimes, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay says

Marcy Oster Israel’s military actions in Gaza could be considered war crimes, U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. ... [Link]

Two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza, Thai worker dies in Ashkelon bombing

Marcy Oster Two Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza fighting and a foreign worker died from injuries suffered in a bombing from Gaza on a hothouse in Ashkelon. ... [Link]

IDF strikes Gaza hospital it calls Hamas command center

Marcy Oster Israel bombed a Gaza City hospital that its military said has been used as a Hamas command center and rocket-launching site. ... [Link]

Belgian watchdog complains over ‘no Jews allowed’ cafe sign

Cnaan Liphshiz A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism complained to the mayor of a suburb of Liege against owners of a cafe whose window display featured a sign that said Jews were not allowed inside. ... [Link]

Paris protest of Israel’s Gaza campaign to go ahead under heavy guard

Cnaan Liphshiz In a reversal by Paris officials, organizers of a demonstration against Israel’s actions in Gaza received permission to march through the city’s center. ... [Link]

Jewish groups praise Obama on LGBT worker rights expansion

Ron Kampeas A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama for extending federal job protections for gay employees to employees of government contractors. ... [Link]

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