Archive: Oct 2016

    In one of the immortal lines of Godfather 2, mafia boss Michael Corleone discusses the fate of his brother, who betrayed him, with his enforcer.   “I don’t want anything to happen to him while my mother is alive,” Corleone said.   Message received.   The brother was murdered after their mother’s funeral.   Last week it was reported that the Obama administration has delivered a message to the Palestinian Authority. The administration…
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      Off the coast of Yemen and at the UN Security Council we are seeing the strategic endgame of Barack Obama's administration. And it isn't pretty.     Since Sunday, Iran's Houthi proxies in Yemen have attacked US naval craft three times in the Bab al Mandab, the narrow straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. The Bab al Mandab controls maritime traffic in the Red Sea, and ultimately control the Suez Canal.     Whether the Iranians…
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  Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year because it is the day that the Torah sets aside for us to reckon with ourselves. We are commanded to give an accounting – before our fellow men and before God – for our actions in the previous year. We must make amends to both for our misdeeds. And since none of us is perfect, every one of us has things to atone for.   Yom Kippur’s power stems from a basic assumption that forms its core. That assumption is that we are all mora…
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  US President Barack Obama's eulogy to Shimon Peres last Friday at Mt. Herzl was a thinly disguised assault on Israel. And he barely bothered to hide it.     Throughout his remarks, Obama wielded Peres's record like a baseball bat. He used it to club the Israeli public and its elected leaders over and over again.     Peres, Obama intimated, was a prophet. But the suspicious, tribal people of Israel were too stiff necked to follow him.  …
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