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Quagmire

Last September, Russia took the lead in Syria. Obama scoffed at it, but Russia has now achieved its goals. It wasn’t afraid to act. Another foreign policy abdication for the US.

When Vladimir Putin of Russia announced about six months ago that he would be sending in his planes to attack ISIS in Syria, President Obama scoffed. “Quagmire,” he said. Putin was going to sink his country in a quagmire. Bad move. . . . a mistake the US would not make.

As was not hard to predict at the time, the reality was just the opposite: the aggressive initiative taken by Putin would consolidate Russia’s disproportionate influence over the future of Syria. Which is just what has happened.

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The Palestinian no’s to peace with Israel keep coming

On the off chance that BDS supporters actually wants to know why there is no formal peace between Israel and the Palestinians, they need only consult the recent secret Israeli-Palestinian talks, as reported in Haaretz. Israel offered to stop military operations in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jericho. The Palestinian Authority considers Ramallah its capital. The Palestinian response: No! “No” is not a new word in the Palestinian dictionary. Three months after the Six Day War in Ju...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:32 )

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Trump’s soccer fans

Is this a campaign season or a European soccer match? At the moment, it’s hard to tell the difference. European soccer is plagued by a strain of racism perpetuated by a nasty cadre of fans known as ultras. For these hooligans, being a fan is a core aspect of their identities. Who they befriend; who they despise; what they wear; which symbols they carry; what they spend their days discussing:all of this — i.e., their social and personal identity — is bound to the team. Following the team ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:18 )

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Fear propeling populism cannot be dismissed

Political fear, no matter how unformed or ambiguous, cannot be ignored. That is the lesson that must be learned from the current rise in populism. There has been an excess of top-down governance in recent years, from Supreme Court decisions to nuclear agreements to immigration executive orders to gubernatorial reprieves of death sentences. These decisions, and others, have been executed, technically speaking, in a legal manner, but they leave those opposed feeling disenfranchised.
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Whither Jewish camping?

Lest the reader come away with the wrong impression from this editorial, let it be stated up front that members of the IJN staff attended Jewish summer camps in their youth and loved them. We also credit them with enhancing our Jewish identity and love for all things Jewish.  We also freely acknowledge that nice facilities at a camp are a good thing. Nothing below is meant to take away from that.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:17 )

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